The sanctions against Russia meant that tourists would stop traveling around the world, but due to the restrictions, the Russians only changed direction. This was reported by Polish radio station Radio ZET.
Thus, in 2022, Russians made about 22.5 million trips abroad. This is an increase from 19.2 million trips in 2021. The numbers are expected to be even higher in 2023, according to the radio station.
The highest growth of Russian tourists was recorded in the following five regions: Turkey, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Maldives.
It should be noted that for Turkey, supporting Russian tourism is also a way to balance economic ties with Russia, since the country is one of the largest consumers of energy resources in the Russian Federation.
Previously, direct flights with Georgia had resumed. The first Moscow-Tbilisi flight since May 2019 took off on May 19. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the move was his personal proposal. However, a negative reaction followed from the Georgians. Rallies were held in Tbilisi for the abolition of direct flights with Russia.
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