Russia lost almost US$7 billion due to absence of foreign tourism
Moscow, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) Russia lost 500 billion rOubles (some US$6.79 billion) due to the absence of foreign tourism, as a result of the restrictive measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Rosturism agency reported on Tuesday.
In late 2019, tourism left revenues to Russia estimated at US$10.9 billion, a figure comparable to the profits from the sale of weapons, ferrous metals and wood, Rosturism director Zarina Doguzova said.
We estimate tourism has lost this year about 500 billion rubles, Doguzova stated, although local press highlights in Moscow that before, the forecasts for the first six months of the year were 1.5 trillion rubles (about US$20.38 billion). Russia fully suspended regular and charter international flights on March 27, and resumed some international flights on August 1, only to the United Kingdom, Turkey and Tanzania, countries with which it signed agreements to open borders under the reciprocity principle.
As of August 15, travel to Switzerland will be resumed, with a weekly flight to Geneva.
The Russian government presented a subsidy program in late July for national travelers who want to do tourism within this country.
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