What awaits global tourism in 2018

Events and trends in 2015 that could affect tourism in Russia

According to a study by Euromonitor International, the travel and tourism industry continues to grow rapidly and outpace the global economy. In 2017, the global tourist flow increased by 3.7%, money receipts from international tourism increased by 4.1%, while the growth of GDP in the world was 3.5%.

For the sixth consecutive year, the travel and tourism industry has outpaced the global economy, also demonstrating the desire of people to continue to travel and discover new places despite the economic and political challenges around the world.

Geopolitical Tensions and Global Inbound Tourism Indicators

Pricing pressures will remain the same for the near future as the global economy faces political uncertainties around the world: Brexit, Trump's travel ban, tensions over the North Korean standoff with Japan and the United States States.

Fig. ... International arrivals, receipts and average expenditures, 2017-2022

Despite a stable growth rate of 4.1% in 2017, a slight decline to 3.1% is expected in 2018 due to global uncertainty. A slight slowdown in economic activity growth can be seen in China as well.

Controversial success for Chinese outbound tourism

China is expected to become the world's largest outbound tourism market by 2022. The Chinese will make 128 million trips, overtaking the United States, the country with the most overseas travel. The growth is projected to be very high - 8.4% during 2017-2022. Outside Asia, the US and France are likely to benefit the most as they are ready to welcome Chinese.

Chinese tourists lead in terms of spending on overseas travel. In 2017-2022 Chinese travelers will spend an additional 10.9% more, mainly driven by growth in GDP and income levels of middle-class families.

Fig. ... The most visited countries by Chinese tourists in 2012-2017

Active increase in the number of Chinese tourists in 2013-2017. has been observed in Japan. At the same time, the average annual growth rate was 54% - six million tourists arrived from China thanks to the simplified visa regime and the low yen exchange rate.

MOSCOW, January 26 - RIA Novosti/Prime, Irina Nekhoroshkina. The past year turned out to be hectic for the tourism industry and for the tourists themselves; the beginning of 2014 was linked by many with hopes for an increase in tourist flows to Russia, including through the holding of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

No one would have dared to predict global cataclysms in the industry at the beginning of the year, but the situation in the country, the world, politics, and the economy had a negative impact on tourism. The beginning of 2015 for the tourism industry is notable for the fact that for the first time in many years it is possible to make confident forecasts for the upcoming season, not only in the expected event plan, but also for the state of the industry as a whole.

Reorientation of the industry towards domestic tourism

The head of Rostourism Oleg Safonov also spoke about the fact that while remaining a branch of the economy, tourism should take on its part of the responsibility aimed at substituting imports.

"Our tourism market has been perceived by everyone as outbound tourism for 23 years. Unfortunately, a certain stereotype has developed, thanks to the certain work of the tour operator community and our foreign partners. Strategically, our country is interested in the development of inbound and domestic tourism. world practice ... ", - he said at the end of 2014.

Maya Lomidze, executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, agrees with the fact that domestic Russian tourism has very long-term prospects. However, a representative of ATOR warns that a tangible increase in tourist flows in his native country is possible only due to a balanced pricing policy on the part of Russian accommodation facilities, transport and other structures related to tourism.

The leader among domestic directions

A special feature of the Sochi region can be considered the fact that since 2014 the balneological resort "Matsesta" has been fully operational there again. In addition, thanks to modern infrastructure, rooms and an abundance of sports and exhibition grounds, Sochi has turned into an excellent place for holding international competitions, exhibitions and forums.

Crimea Tourist Prospects

The "Crimea - Caucasus" ferry crossing through the Kerch Strait is the main transport artery connecting the Crimea with the Krasnodar Territory, so traffic jams and many hours of waiting for cars to be loaded onto the ferry have become a common thing here. The crossing is served by 10 ferries. According to the Federal Tourism Agency, 4.1 million tourists visited the peninsula in 2014. The Crimean authorities, in whose jurisdiction the management of the Kerch ferry crossing is transferred, are going to purchase two additional new ferries, which will allow transporting an additional 150-170 vehicles.

The Federal Agency for Tourism believes that an increase in the flow to Crimea in 2015 is planned at the level of 20%.

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