Chinese tourists spent about billion dollars in Moscow in 2015 year

Number of Chinese tourists who visit Russia is growing rapidly. During the first 9 months of 2015 year Russia was visited by 1,107,000 Chinese tourists and 395,000 of them visited Moscow. According to preliminary calculations about 240,000 Chinese arrived in Moscow as part of a tourist group which is twice more than in 2014 year. For comparison, in 2011 year Russia was visited by 845,500 Chinese people and 182 000 of them visited Moscow, has announced at a press conference Vladimir Chernikov, head of the department for multicultural policy, interregional cooperation and tourism of Moscow. He has reported that the reason for such dynamics is ruble weakening against yuan and that is why a trip to Russia is more accessible than ever. But there is another reason that the Chinese are particularly interested in Russian culture, as well as travelling both in Russia and around the world. The Chinese are known for spending a lot of money on travelling. It is characteristic that they try to save on the travel, accommodation and so on, but when it comes to excursions and fun they do not save at all. It is estimated that every Chinese tourist spends 2 000-4 000 USD in Moscow (businessmen spend much more). The statistics show that Chinese spent between 800 million and 1 billion USD in Moscow in 2015 year.

The average age of Chinese tourists is around 50 years but Russian authorities plan to take certain actions in order to attract younger tourists. Today tourists are mostly interested in traditional tours around the Kremlin and Red Square, Novodevichy Monastery, Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno, VDNH and Vorobyovy Gory.

Svetlana Pyatihatka, executive director of the tourist association “World without Borders” has announced at a press conference that in order to strengthen RussianChinese tourist relations it is planned to simplify the procedure of obtaining visas for tourist groups. As well as to shorten a period of visa issue and to reduce visa cost. Also to increase maximum period of stay in Russia from 15 to 21 days.

There is another important task is to solve the problem of shortage of Chinese speaking tourist guides. Today there are only 96 guides in Moscow so a large number is still missing. However, Vladimir Chernikov has said that city authorities do not support the idea to give this job to foreigners, as previously was proposed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.



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