3 reasons to travel abroad and to Russia, how is traveling abroad different from traveling to Russia

Why do Russian tourists prefer foreign to domestic tourism? Where do Russians prefer to travel to their homeland?

Tourism experts answer.

Foreign countries have always attracted travelers: acquaintance with a new culture, history, people, high level of service, quality food, as well as a rich program of excursions. But this does not mean that Russia has nothing to offer tourists. Our country is different and also very interesting. So why are foreign destinations more popular?

Why do people go on vacation abroad?

Tourism experts agree that it is not entirely right to compare domestic and foreign destinations, as the latter are in a better position than the Russians. Why;

Value for money

Sergei Lugovoi

First, is the number and quality of hotels. For example, given northwestern Russia, the nearest five-star hotels are only in St. Petersburg and a couple – in Kaliningrad. In the regions of Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Leningrad, as well as in Karelia, there is not a single hotel higher than four stars. Yes, and such hosting facilities can be counted on the fingers, although, it seems, a huge area.

Northwestern Russia exceeds Egypt by almost 700 thousand km². However, in the “land of the pharaohs” in a relatively smaller area, you can count hundreds, if not thousands, of five-star full-service hotels. And at a lower cost than, for example, in Karelia itself. Of course, it all depends on the request, but in Russia the price is often higher with less service.

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seasonality

Even in the hot regions of Russia, for example, in Sochi, the season lasts from May to late September – early October. For comparison: in the Emirates it lasts almost all year round – from March to the end of November, which gives our tourists the opportunity to choose a more suitable time for a trip without trying to stay in a short summer season. In Moscow or St. Petersburg, the active phase of the season is limited to three summer months. The main influx in the winter falls on the New Year holidays. That is, tourists have a relatively narrow window for travel. As a result, the hosting facilities are idle for 7-8 months a year. So it turns out that there is simply no one to build a five star hotel.

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Tired of a long winter

Sergei: The main and, perhaps, the determining factor. Most of our citizens are tired of the long and gray winter. They want to warm up and swim in the sea. We have the Black Sea coast, but it is almost always full. Other countries remain – Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Thailand. For example, a Tyumen resident, a shift worker who spent three or four months in the winter tundra, is unlikely to want to go to the Murmansk region to see the tundra and avalanches again. As one of the options, of course, will consider Sochi. However, it will be closer and cheaper to fly to Thailand. The same goes for residents of other Russian cities. Even in Moscow and St. Petersburg the winter is long. And in general, there are few who want to spend their short summer vacation going to freeze even further north.

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Before the pandemic, foreigners often visited Russia, which had just come to freeze in our region. They liked the untouched nature, the cold, the wild landscapes, the hard lakes and seas, the harsh climate, the sparsely populated areas, the off-road. It was new to them. Most Russians are not surprised by this. They have been to places like this in the past.

Do the Russians want to travel to their country?

Russians began to travel to their country more often, which gave some impetus to the development of domestic tourism. And if this trend continues after the lifting of all restrictions, then high-quality hotels, special equipment for tourists and much more may appear. As a result, both the service and the price will be improved due to the continuous flow.

Kamchatka

Kamchatka

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In addition, every resident of our country has a place he would like to see in Russia from his childhood. And most of the time there are many such places. With the advent of the pandemic and other events, the people who constantly postponed their travels for later decided that it was time to drive to Russia. Someone decided to go see the monasteries, temples and sights, others – to admire nature.

Sergei: Many were interested, for example, in the northern lights. Five years ago, only Chinese citizens went to see this natural phenomenon. Now, in the winter, applications for these programs come daily from Russians. In Kaliningrad, crowds of tourists travel to the Curonian Spit and Yantarny. Five years ago, only a small percentage of tourists used these destinations. However, during this period, our citizens actively studied their homelands, told their friends about their travels and interesting places. And they wanted to see it too.

Murmansk region

Murmansk region

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Which directions in Russia are gaining popularity?

Krasnodar Krai

Anna Mikhailova

Anna Mikhailova

tourism specialist, head of Go Travel sales department

At the peak of popularity for many years the resorts of this area. For example, new hotels are built every year in Anapa, a beautiful embankment has been rebuilt in Gelendzhik and Sochi can offer guests many decent accommodation options with a high level of service. We have to admit that the prices in the high season are high enough for everything, so we recommend that you plan your vacation in advance.

Anapa

Anapa

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Crimea

The peninsula is also rich in natural and architectural attractions – Crimean sanatoriums are rightly considered one of the best in terms of medical facilities. There are many simple hostels with minimal service but hospitable hosts. The direction presupposes rest for all categories of tourists.

Yalta

Yalta

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Caucasus

Excursions to the Caucasus are also very popular, where travelers can expect a warm welcome and the grandeur of nature. However, one can hardly count on a high level of service and high quality hotels here. But people come here to find harmony and peace of mind. The prices are very affordable for everything.

Dagestan

Dagestan

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Anna: The central, northwestern regions are accustomed to a large flow of tourists, large cities and small towns try to offer visitors the best vacation, actively develop sightseeing tours, as well as cruises on the rivers of Russia. The quality of services, especially in small towns, of course, suffers. But we must pay tribute to management, tourism workers work hard and learn to meet the highest standards.

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