According to the research conducted by the analytical agency TurStat, the region took the fourth place in the ranking of the most popular regions for Russian tourists in 2017.
According to the agency's website, the list was made without taking into account Moscow and St. Petersburg. The most visited were:
Krasnodar region - for 12 months of the last year it has accepted 15,8 million tourists;
Moscow region - 14.1 million people (including 230 thousand foreigners) became visitors to this region;
The Republic of Crimea - it was visited by 5.4 million Russian citizens.
Primorsky Krai, attracted to its territory last year more than 4 million tourists, including 640 thousand foreign guests, is located on the fourth line of the rating.
The fifth most popular region for domestic tourists is the Vladimir Region, which also became the center of attraction for 4 million tourists.
The Primorsky Tourism Department noted that in early February, the analytical agency TurStat also determined the most popular tourist cities in Russia in 2017. Vladivostok took the fourth place in the rating.
In 2017, Primorsky Krai was visited by more than 4 million Russian and foreign citizens. In comparison with 2016, this indicator grew by one third.
The most massive among foreign tourist flows in Primorye traditionally became the flow from China - from this country to the region came about 420 thousand tourists. Visibly increased the number of guests from Japan and the Republic of Korea. So, for 12 months of the last year the region hosted more than 18 thousand visitors accordingly. This is a record tourist flow from these countries to the region.
In general, the year 2017 became a significant time for the tourist sphere of Primorye. First, the federal law on an electronic visa came into force, according to which about four thousand guests from 13 countries entered the region. According to experts, a simplified visa regime should become one of the drivers for the development of the tourist industry in the region. Secondly, the region took a record number of sea cruise liners - 15. Third, in the territory of Primorye, about 300 events were held, attracting thousands of travelers to the region.
According to the Provincial Governor Andrey Tarasenko, one of the main criteria demonstrating the successful development of the industry is revenues to the regional budget. As a result of 2017, the amount of taxes levied by tourism organizations in the regional budget exceeded 1 billion rubles.
For reference: in 2017 Primorsky Territory is recognized as one of the best regions of Russia in terms of the pace of tourism development. According to the results of the All-Russian rating conducted by the Ministry of Culture of Russia, the region took the third place, losing first place only to Moscow and the Moscow region.
According to the press service of the Primorsky Territory Administration