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MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia has been increasing its competitiveness on the global tourism market, head of the International Cooperation Department in the Federal tourism agency (Rostourism) Valery Korovkin said at a Public Chamber session.
He pointed out that the global turbulence had led foreign tourists “to favor Russia more.” “Russia is becoming a competitive participant of the global tourism market,” Korovkin noted. “We have been struggling to reach this goal for a long time but were unable to succeed, as the incoming tourist companies must have failed to present competitive products on the global markets, but now we can do it,” he added.
According to Korovkin, “the number of tourists visiting Russia has been growing in most countries” (in the first half of 2016). “Only the number of Kazakh tourists has declined and the number of British tourists hasn’t change but as far as other European countries are concerned, the numbers have grown,” the Rostourism official said.
“Several big agencies, including the Ministry of Economic Development, have been working on the non-commodity exports program. We have joined this project since tourism is an important export income-earner. Given the present situation, we could greatly improve the export potential of the tourism industry,” Korovkin stressed.