Association of TourOperators of Russia (ATOR) believes that the planned visa-free regime for 2018 World Cup fans will boost tourist influx. Alexander Kurnosov, head of the Inbound Tourism Committee of ATOR, said that the decision to temporary waive visa requirements will not only increase the number of attendees on stadiums, but will also increase tourist appeal of Russia in general for the duration of the championship.
Kurnosov added that spreading information on the visa-free entry and advertisement of the host country as an appealing tourist destination may increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the country by at least 5%.
Alexander Maklyarovsky, head of the Inbound Tourism Department of the KMP Group tour operator, said that generally fans have 72 hours after their team’s game to stay in the country without needing a visa. This allows tourists to see what the host city have to offer.