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Moscow city authorities dream of foreign tourists

According to Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Moscow city authorities developed a new concept of tourism in Moscow for 2011-2020 with the increase of number of the tourists from 5 million in 2011 up to 10 million by 2020. Such information was received from Grigoriy Antyufeev, the Head of Committee for Tourism of Moscow city.

According to Mr. Antyufeev, more than 20 hotels were placed in operation in 2009. Now the financing has been restored, so the rates of the development of infrastructure will be increased. It’s planning that the realization of the new concept will allow the city to receive revenues up to 10 billion USD per year. At the same time one shouldn’t expect a dramatic fall of the prices for the hotels. “The price policy will be changed, but I don’t think, that dramatic drop in prices can happen”, said Grigoriy Antyufeev.

“The forecast is overstated. There is no any reason to estimate such increase of number of foreign tourists in Moscow”, said Konstantin Radushkevich, General Director of Reisebureau Welt. “Undoubtedly, the infrastructure of Moscow is ready for so many tourists, but it’s hard to talk about concrete numbers”. Besides, according to the expert, some measures should be taken on a federal level. “The most important event in this case may be a visa abolition agreement between Russia and EU”, noted Konstantin Radushkevich.

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