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Russians spent $ 2,3 billion on vacations abroad this year
During this year, Russians spent $ 2,3 billion on vacations abroad. Outbound tourism spending in 2019 (before the pandemic) was $ 13 billion.
As the RBCLast summer, Russian tourists spent only about 17% of the 2019 level abroad. Compared to the previous year, the growth of expenses abroad amounted to almost 70%.
The most popular destination for Russians this year was the Seychelles. According to experts, the main factor in increasing tourist traffic in this direction was the approval of the Sputnik V vaccine. The Russian drug is recognized by almost all countries that have entered the top ten in terms of the growth of Russian tourists' expenses. Among them are the Maldives, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Croatia, Cuba, Mexico, UAE and Montenegro.
Russians spent most of all this summer on trips to Turkey ($ 351 million), Belarus ($ 242,8 million) and Ukraine ($ 146,2 million). According to experts, by the end of the current year, spending by residents of the Russian Federation abroad will be even lower than last year's indicators by 8-13%.