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Translated by Ollie Richardson


Ukraine is the leader for number of tourists in Russia in the first quarter of the current year. Such information was published by the analytical agency “Turstat”.

For January-March, Russia was visited by nearly 1.6 million Ukrainian tourists. It is a growth of 8% in comparison with the same period of 2016.

Kazakhstan, with an figure of 657,000 (a decline in the flow of tourists by 3%), is in the second place. Finland finishes the top three, where 234,000 vacationers visited Russia. The number of tourists decreased by 26%.

Poland came in fourth position — 189,000 people. The flow of tourists in comparison with last year dropped by 49%. Fifth place was claimed by China (183,000 visitors, a growth of 32%). The People’s Republic of China in the first quarter became the leader in an increase in number of vacationers in Russia.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, and Abkhazia were also included in the top-10 (in decreasing order). An essential growth in the flow of tourists at the beginning of the year was shown only by the Asian countries. Besides China, this includes South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand.

In April it was reported that Ukrainian travelers in 2016 most frequently arrived from abroad and stayed in Russian five-stars hotels.

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