Welcome address of Oleg Safonov, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism

Welcome address of Oleg Safonov, Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism

Dear colleagues and friends,

I would like to welcome all exhibitors and guests to OTDYKH International Russian Travel Market!

Today the Russian travel industry is experiencing a turning point: we witness the changes in the market structure, and in the tourists’ priorities. The domestic tourist flow is growing as well. We have fixed an increase in traveling within the country by 30% comparing to the previous year, and these figures exceed the plans for 2018.

The Russian Federal Agency for Tourism has developed a new marketing strategy — “Visit Russia”, which is based on the public and private partnership. This year we are going to run several projects, including opening Russian tourist offices abroad and launching the national web-portal We continue to create new tourism clusters, to invest in infrastructure development in the regions within the federal target programme of the tourism development in Russia.

The large business platforms like “OTDYKH” exhibition are our partners and allies. For two decades, OTDYKH International Russian Travel Market has been an essential event for the industry. The exhibition’s business programme is held in different formats, and takes into account the interests of all visitor categories. The show’s scale and the exhibitor composition demonstrate the growing role of tourism in people’s lives.

I would like to wish all exhibitors from Russia and abroad, as well as the guests of the exhibition fruitful work, beneficial contracts, and implementation of your ambitions!

Oleg Safonov
Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism



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