Outbound tourism in 2019: where are Russians travelling?


With the Russian outbound travel industry growing steadily every year, we took a look at the figures for the first six months of 2019.

From 1 January – 30 June 2019, Russian citizens made 19,891,000 trips abroad – 6% more than the same period in 2018, which was 9% more than in 2017, according to the Russian State Statistics Service Rosstat.
 

Where are Russian tourists travelling?

The top destinations for Russian tourists in the first half of 2019 are:

Turkey – 2,649,000 (+16%)
Finland – 1,644,000 (+6%)
Kazakhstan – 1,371,000 (+6%)
China – 1,077,000 (+19%)
Ukraine – 1,057,000 (-2%)
Estonia – 847,000 (-1%)
Thailand – 654,000 (-4%)
Georgia – 630,000 (+30%)
Germany – 628,000 (+6%)
Italy – 594,000 (+19%)
 
Turkey remains the no.1 choice after its return to the market in 2017.

Other key destinations include Poland – 527,000, UAE – 501,000, Spain – 436,000, Azerbaijan – 328,000, Cyprus – 343,000, and Vietnam – 300,000.

Destinations showing the highest year-on-year growth include:

Sri Lanka: +300% (20,000), Bahrain: +114% (15,000), Montenegro: +51% (137,000), Slovenia: +44% (13,000), Romania: +43% (10,000), Maldives: +47% (28,000), Serbia: +42% (44,000), Uzbekistan: +35% (96,000), Georgia: +30 (630,000), Japan: +28% (46,000), Belgium: +28% (51,000), and Cuba: +24% (62,000).
 

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