MOSCOW, May 18 (Itar-Tass) —— The total number of China’s tourists, who visited Russia in the first three months of the year, went up by 25 percent as compared to the same period of 2011, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturizm) Yevgeny Pisarevsky told a news conference on Friday.
He pointed to the considerable intensification of tourism exchanges between Russia and China over the past years. China ranked second by tourist visits to Russia after Germany. Besides, Russians consider China as the world’s second most popular destination for their vacations, Pisarevsky said.
“This year was named the Year of Russian Tourism in China,” he reaffirmed, adding that the next year will be held as the Year of China’s Tourism in Russia.
“We plan to perform a great number of events, which will make it possible to expand the tourism exchange,” the agency’s deputy head said.
Moreover, “the implementation of the federal program aimed at the development of domestic and incoming tourism in the period up to 2018 allows us to enhance interaction in the sphere of tourism,” Pisarevsky said.
“Now, we step up active cooperation with China to fulfil joint projects,” he said.
“We witness that China’s partners are interested in the investments in the development of tourism infrastructure in Russia’s territory,” the agency’s deputy chairman said.