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MOSCOW, May 30 (Itar-Tass) — Russia’s Black Sea coast will be the most popular resort destination for Russian citizens this summer, the director general of the VTsIOM public opinion research centre, Valery Fedorov, said at a news conference on Wednesday.
The official referred to an opinion poll made in 46 regions where 1,600 people had been polled. “This year the Black Sea cost remains the most popular destination for our citizens, and nine percent of Russians plan to spend their holidays there,” Fedorov said, adding that last year eight percent of Russians wanted to spend their holidays on the Black Sea coast.
He also said that “beach holidays remain the most popular type of holidays, and 36 percent of Russians opt for them.”
The VTsIOM director general particularly emphasized that “according to the poll, 50 percent of Russian nationals intend to spend their summer holidays at home. Insufficient funds and financial difficulties are the main reasons”.
According to the opinion poll, 24 percent of respondents plan to spend their holidays in their country houses, ten percent will go to other Russian cities, and five percent of Russians plan to go abroad.
Fedorov stressed that Russians planning to spend their holidays not at home or in the country, plan to spend about 27,000 roubles (about US 900 dollars) per person on the average.
He also said that about 73 percent of Russian nationals spending their holidays not at home or in their country house last year, organized their trips independently, 21 percent - with the help of tour operators, and the rest required tour operator services only partially.