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Outbreak of coronavirus will affect the Russian tourism industry

Outbreak of coronavirus will affect the Russian tourism industry
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The outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, can seriously affect the global tourism market and the tourism industry in Russia. Travelers from China account for 11% of international arrivals, and 18% in the Russian Federation.

As told Interfax the head of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (PCT) Sergey Shpilko, due to the outflow of tourists, a significant part of the number of rooms of hotels, buses will be released, attendance at museums, shops and restaurants popular with tourists will decrease. According to him, if the infection continues to gain momentum, Russia will need to change the marketing strategy of promotion in foreign markets, since it will have to attract tourists from other countries.

According to the head of the PCT, the epidemic will spur work with the European, American markets and the Middle East. Shpilko said that it is necessary to expand measures of state support for the tourism industry, especially in the Far East, which is focused on Chinese tourists.

Last week, Rostourism recommended that Russian tourists not travel to China until the epidemiological situation normalized. Tour operators and travel agents have suspended sales of tours in China.