More than 17 million tourists to visit Moscow this year

Revenues of the capital's hotels in 2015 rose by 1.5 billion rubles year-on-year
Share 26 April 2016
Nikolay Galkin/TASS
Tourists at the observation platform on Sparrow Hills
Moscow will receive about 17.5 million tourists in 2016, the capital’s Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said at a meeting of the presidium of the Moscow government.
"The tourism industry plays an important part in the city’s economy. We are close to having the share of tourism consumption in the gross regional product of about 500 billion rubles,” Sobyanin said. “Over the past year the number of tourists increased by almost 500,000 people, and, according to travel agencies, the inflow will only increase this year," he added.
According to Head of The Department of National Policy, Inter-Regional Relations and Tourism of Moscow Vladimir Chernikov, “revenues of the capital's hotels in 2015 rose by 1.5 billion rubles year-on-year to about 56.5 bln rubles.”
Chernikov noted that the number of tourists from non-CIS countries last year fell by 3.5% (50,000 people), and the number of visitors from other Russian cities rose by 275,000, increasing by more than 7.7%.
Just last year, more than 5,000 new hotel rooms were introduced in Moscow.