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China came in first place in terms of the number of tourists who visited Russia

At a joint meeting of tourism departments of 5 regions of China, Russia and Mongolia, representative of the Federal Agency for Tourism of Russia E. Osadcheva said that from 2008 to 2013. the number of Chinese tourists traveling to Russia has increased from 127 thousand to 372 thousand people, having increased almost threefold - reports the Xinhua news agency.

In the past two years, Russia and China have held more than 400 joint tourist exchange events, bilateral cooperation and exchanges in this area have reached an unprecedented high level, the two states have become important sources of tourist inflow for each other, Osadcheva noted.

In 2014, the number of Chinese tourists in Russia continues to grow steadily. In the first half of the year, China took the first place in terms of the number of tourists who visited Russia.

Since 2010, the average annual number of tourists traveling to China has exceeded 2 million people, which has ensured Russia the third place in this indicator among all countries in the world.

According to statistics, in 2009, the number of Russian tourists visiting China was 1,74 million people, 2010 million in 2,37, 2011 million in 2,536, 2012 million in 2,426, 2013 million in 2,186 January-September this year it reached 1,59 million people.

E. Olsacheva noted the willingness of the two countries to further strengthen tourism cooperation and exchanges, including improving the tourism infrastructure, joint development of tourism products, development of cross-border tourism.

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