Press release №1799
02.12.2015
TOURISM IN RUSSIA: COURSE TOWARD DEVELOPMENT

IN BRIEF

  • 67% of respondents believe that Russian authorities should focus on domestic tourism and not on strengthening the overseas security measures

Russians prefer domestic destinations amidst deteriorating relationship with Egypt.

MOSCOW, December 2, 2015. Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) presents the results of the survey devoted to the tourism policies the government should adhere to, according to Russians. 

According to the survey conducted after the introduction of ban on flights to Egypt, two-thirds of Russians (67%) believe it is important to focus on the development of the domestic tourism rather than increasing the security measures for the overseas trips (73% of respondents with income below average, 74% of respondents aged over 60; 76% of the CPRF electorate).

They are opposed by 25% of those who believe that the authorities should strengthen the security measures for Russians staying abroad. Most of those who think so are residents of big cities (39%), young Russians (36% of those who are aged 18-24), and non-parliamentary parties’ supporters (34%).

According to the data obtained during the previous surveys, 59% of Russians took vacation, but only 8% of them spent it abroad. Fourteen percent visited the Krasnodar region resorts; 6% travelled to Crimea; 14% spent their vacation in a Russian city or rural area.

The VCIOM opinion poll was conducted November 14-15, 2015; 1600 respondents were interviewed in 130 settlements in 46 regions of Russia. The margin of error does not exceed 3.5%.

In your opinion, should the Russian government focus on the development of the domestic tourism or strengthening the security measures for the overseas trips today?  (close-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over
Domestic tourism, within Russian territory 67 54 61 66 71 74
Overseas travel security measures   24 36 32 28 18 14
Don’t know 9 11 7 6 11 12
In your opinion, should the Russian government focus on the development of the domestic tourism or strengthening the security measures for the overseas trips today?  (close-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Low income Income below average Average income Income above average High income
Domestic tourism, within Russian territory 67 71 73 67 69 61
Overseas travel security measures  24 19 20 22 23 27
Don’t know 9 10 7 10 8 12
In your opinion, should the Russian government focus on the development of the domestic tourism or strengthening the security measures for the overseas trips today?  (close-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Those who use the Internet almost every day Those who use the Internet several times per week, per month Those who use the Internet very rarely or never use it
Domestic tourism, within Russian territory 67 62 73 72
Overseas travel security measures  24 30 20 14
Don’t know 9 8 7 13

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