Russia-Austria Tourism Year kicked off in Vienna

One of the goals of 2017 is to increase bilateral tourism
13 January

Hofburg Palace in Vienna hosted the opening ceremony of the Russia-Austria bilateral Tourism Year. Secretary-General of the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai, Russia’s Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova, Director General of the Austrian Ministry of Economy Elisabeth Udolf-Strobl have participated in the event, according to the Culture Ministry’s press service. Laureates of the XV International Tchaikovsky competition held a concert for the officials following the opening ceremony.

Vienna will host a number of events dedicated to the bilateral Tourism Year by January 14, 2017 including the Russia-Austria tourism forum. A conference on urban and cultural tourism between Russian and Austrian experts will be held in Hofburg Palace.

In early October 2016, Alla Manilova and Elisabeth Udolf-Strobl signed a joint statement on the Russia-Austria bilateral Tourism Year and approved its programme. One of the goals of 2017 is to increase cultural and humanitarian ties and increase bilateral tourism.

In December, 2016, a Visit Russia travel program office opened up in Vienna. It offers information on tourism in Russia and on the upcoming = FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia™. The Austrian Visit Russia branch is the 12th largest in the world.