MOSCOW, September 21 /TASS/. The tourist flow into Kaliningrad region has increased by 20% in 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, Oleg Safonov, the head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), said in an interview aired by the Rossiya-24 TV news channel.
"This year, tourist flows into the Kaliningrad region have increased by 20% in relation to the high indicators of 2015. It is a very high indicator, one of the best in Russia. We understand that the Kaliningrad region has very good prospects for developing tourism," she said.
Tourism is a priority area of development in Russia’s Kaliningrad region. The regional government believes that Russia’s Baltic coast can become an alternative to some foreign resort. About 300 tourism companies operate in the region. Forty of them are included in the Federal Register of Tourism Operators.
The region has 228 hotels and recreation camps, which can offer accommodation to 18,000 tourists simultaneously. About 50 tourist routes have been prepared. Thirteen kilometers of beaches were improved.
More than 1 million tourists - 25% more than a year before - visited the Kaliningrad region in 2015. Russian tourists make up 87% of the tourist flow. Foreigners account for 13%. The Kaliningrad region plans to receive up to 5 million tourists a year by 2020. Russians will account for the bulk of this growth.