Cycling tourism is an active type of recreation that has become more and more popular in recent years. It allows you to travel to new places, plan your own routes, visit local attractions, and build endurance. Cycling tourism statistics highlight a number of regions that are leading in cycling tours - Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, South America, Africa.
The history of cycling tourism began at the end of the last century. Residents of the United States and the European Union began to actively use the bicycle for travel in rural areas.
Today more and more tourists prefer an active form of recreation, which involves conquering off-road routes and visiting hard-to-reach places of nature. Such recreation is facilitated by the development of special equipment, light bicycles for cycling tourism and equipped stops.
Cycling tourism statistics show that routes can be developed independently or ordered from travel agencies. However, cycling is not for everyone. This requires physical training. The travel agency can offer a suitable travel option, taking into account the physical capabilities of the client. The tour operator's bike tour includes:
The types of cycling tourism are divided according to the level of difficulty:
A successful trip will require a lot of preparation. It is necessary to purchase suitable accessories for cycling tourism. For example, you will need special tires for cycling tourism. They make it much easier to move through puddles in the rain.
Inbound tourism statistics
According to Rosstat data published in early December, the number of inbound tourist trips to Russia in the period from January to September 2019 slightly decreased compared to the previous year. The number of foreign tourists decreased by 0.9% to 19.1 million.
42.1% of this number falls on tourists from non-CIS countries (8 million), 57.9% - on citizens of the CIS countries (11 million trips).
The portal of the St. Petersburg administration informs that in 2018 the tourist flow to the city amounted to 8.2 million people, and by the end of 2019 it is expected to increase by 10%. More than 14 thousand foreigners have visited St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region on the electronic visas introduced in October.
Russians began to travel abroad 7% more often, according to Rosstat. From January to September, citizens of the Russian Federation made 35.2 million trips to foreign countries, of which 83.1% were non-CIS countries, 16.9% were CIS members.
The appearance of tourist visas to Saudi Arabia at the end of September was a loud event in the fall. Previously, it was possible to get to the country only for work, study or for the purpose of pilgrimage. How much this direction will become popular among Russian tourists will become clear in the near future.
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The TurStat website has compiled a rating of outbound tourism countries from Russia for the first half of the year or the first 6 months of 2019 from January 1 to June 30, 2019.
The rating of outbound tourism in 2019 is presented based on the analysis of statistics of outbound tourist trips from Russia in the first half of 2019.
According to TurStat, the number of Russian tourists traveling abroad in 2019 is growing in terms of beach and excursion popular tourist destinations, as shown by the statistics of outbound tourism in 2019.
Turkey and China are the most popular foreign countries for Russian tourists in 2019 in terms of an increase in the number of tourist trips.
The top beach holiday countries of Russians in 2019 based on the growth of the 1st half of the year are Turkey - 2 million 649 thousand tourist trips in the first 6 months of 2019 (+ 16% compared to 6 months of 2018), Vietnam - 300 thousand tourist trips (+ 7%), Tunisia - 221 thousand tourist trips (+ 1%), Cuba - 50 thousand tourist trips (+ 28%), Sri Lanka - 20 thousand trips (+ 300%), Bahrain - 15 thousand tourist trips (+ 114%), which showed an increase in outbound beach tourism from Russia from January 1 to June 30, 2019.
Turkey (+368 thousand), China (+169 thousand), Georgia (+147 thousand), Italy (+96 thousand), Finland (+85 thousand), Kazakhstan (+84 thousand), Montenegro (+46 thousand), Spain (+30 thousand), Armenia (+30 thousand) and France ( +25 thousand).
* Growth in the number of outbound tourist trips of Russian citizens to foreign countries in 6 months of 2019 compared to the first 6 months of 2018.
Outbound tourism in the 1st half of 2019 has grown to the countries of the European Union (EU) in excursion destinations to Schengen countries - Finland by 5.5% to 1 million 644 thousand trips, Germany by 6% to 628 thousand trips, Italy by 19% to 594 thousand trips, Spain - 436 thousand (+ 7%), France - 254 thousand trips (+ 11%) in the first half of 2019, the Netherlands - 118 thousand trips (+ 11%), Hungary - 96 thousand trips (+ 20%), Belgium - 51 thousand trips (+ 28%).
Ski tourism in 2019 grew in Austria by 1% to 125 thousand trips, to Switzerland grew by 2% to 122 thousand tourist trips in the first half of 2019.
Outbound tourist trips from Russia in the first 6 months of 2019 amounted to 19 million 891 thousand, which is 6.7% more than 18 million 646 thousand trips in the first 6 months of 2018 according to the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat).
Remember what you did 30 years ago? Yes, in the late eighties - early nineties. The question, of course, is not for those of our readers who at that time were not yet born or went to kindergarten. And to those who were more or less adults. Have you thought a lot about travel? At best, they dreamed about Paris or the Maldives or read in books.
Summing up the tourism results of 2020: world tourism has been thrown back 30 years, to the level of 1990, is sadly recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
- The 72% drop in international tourism in 2020 is due to travel restrictions, travel concerns and the global fight to contain the coronavirus. All this led to the fact that this year was the worst in the history of tourism. From January to October, the countries of the world received 900 million fewer tourists than in the same period in 2019. Losses to the industry will reach $ 1.1 trillion, - states the UNWTO. “However, some markets such as the US, Germany and France have recently shown signs of recovery. Domestic tourism demand continues to grow in Russia, China and some other countries.
Tourism will slowly recover, UNWTO believes. It will return to the dock-like indicators in 2.5 years at best, in four at worst.
- International flights will be recovering for a very long time. IATA (International Air Transport Association) predicts that global passenger traffic will return to previous levels no earlier than 2024. After the events of September 11, 2001, passenger aviation was restored for about seven years. I hope that now the global recovery of the industry will be faster, but it will still take years for sure, ”says Alexander Gladilin, general director of the travel and travel service Tutu. at.
But they began to travel around Russia! Domestic tourism is talked about from morning to evening on all TV channels, tour operators launch charters to Buryatia, Khakassia and Sheregesh, vacationers post selfies from Lake Baikal and from Karelia, receive cashback for trips around the country. The tourist cashback program was launched by Rosturizm in August, the second stage - in November, and it also included trips for the New Year holidays. 300 thousand people received compensation from the state for their holidays in Russia.
But with all this, the figures for Russian tourism are also in the red. Though not as deep as with trips abroad. The number of trips around the country has decreased by 35-40% compared to 2019, in this assessment Rosturizm and the Association of Tour Operators of Russia agree. This year, tourists made about 40-42 million trips around the country (in 2019 there were 68 million).
Antique restrictions thwarted real growth. In the spring, hotels across the country were closed. Sanatoriums demanded a certificate of PCR tests; in Sochi, guests were sent to the observatories. Closer to the winter holidays, news poured out that in the Moscow region they would not be allowed into hotels without a certificate of the absence of coronavirus, museums and restaurants were being closed in St. Petersburg.
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