According to Oleg Safonov, head of Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturism), Chinese tourists to the various Russia destinations are up by more than 60% so far this year.
Russian officials in Moscow say some one million Chinese tourists visited Russia in 2015, and that the visitors spent in excess of $1 billion while visiting. Now, some 20 plus tour operators cooperate to create fabulous trips for Chinese clients, and 10 more so-called "red tourism" routes are slated to open up soon. The news tells of Chinese enjoying places like Moscow, Kazan, St. Petersburg, and Sochi most of all.
Maenwhile, a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch said 174 million Chinese tourists are expected to spend $264 billion on overseas shopping by 2019 in comparison with the 109 million who spent $164 billion in 2014. China's Foreign Ministry's announcement of establishing visa-free travel with Russia is sure to boost tourism in between the countries even further.
Back in March, Intefax reported that China, Germany and the United States topped the list of inbound travelers headed to Russia. Even with the current economic and political crises in the news, a total of 2.93 million foreign tourists visited Russia in 2015, a figure up 13.7 percent more than the year before. Thailand, Iran, South Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Hong Kong were also on the list of increased arrivals.