Posted On 2014/06/29 By In News, China Outbound, Destinations, Policies With 672 Views

Russia trying to entice Chinese to visit Crimea

Russia hopes to entice Chinese tourists to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that it annexed in fighting this spring. A roadshow in Beijing called “Successful Russia” is promoting a plan to arrange visa-free travel, says Russian Tourism Board official Vladimir Fomin. Chinese tourists overtook Germans in terms of numbers visiting Russia in the first quarter of this year, having topped a million for the first time in 2013, government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.

Russia sees the Asia Pacific region as a growth area not only for tourism, but also for attracting investment. Moscow is in talks with China about developing the Crimean port of Yevpatoria and even building a bridge to link Russia with the peninsula. But attracting visitors to Crimea’s beaches may prove difficult, given the international crisis over Russia’s seizure of the territory and the shortages of water and power caused by severing ties with the rest of Ukraine.

Yevgeny Tomikhin of the embassy in Beijing says Chinese tourists tend to head for the cultural highlights of Russia’s historic cities, as well as “red tourism” sites associated with the Bolshevik Revolution. Russian media has also reported empty hotels in Crimea amid vain campaigns by the Kremlin to persuade civil servants to spend their summer holidays there. A package deal to Turkey is cheaper and more comfortable than a week in Crimea, it seems.


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Article: BBC / Image: Ilya

Russia hopes to entice Chinese tourists to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that it annexed in fighting this spring. A roadshow in Beijing called "Successful Russia" is promoting a plan to arrange visa-free travel, says Russian Tourism Board official Vladimir Fomin. Chinese tourists overtook Germans in terms of numbers visiting Russia in the first quarter of this year, having topped a million for the first time in 2013, government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. Russia sees the Asia Pacific region as a growth area not only for tourism, but also for attracting investment. Moscow is in talks with China about developing the Crimean port of Yevpatoria and even building a bridge to link Russia with the peninsula. But attracting visitors to Crimea's beaches may prove difficult, given the international crisis over Russia's seizure of the territory and the shortages of water and power caused by severing ties with the rest of Ukraine. Yevgeny Tomikhin of the embassy in Beijing says Chinese tourists tend to head for the cultural highlights of Russia's historic cities, as well as "red tourism" sites associated with the Bolshevik Revolution. Russian media has also reported empty hotels in Crimea amid vain campaigns by the Kremlin to persuade civil servants to spend their summer holidays there. A package deal to Turkey is cheaper and more comfortable than a week in Crimea, it seems. Learn more in our Global Ready China Seminars Sources: Article: BBC / Image: Ilya

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Stefan (from Austria, Europe) has been living, studying and working in China since 2010. Stefan has worked on several research, publication and consulting projects focusing on the China Travel Market. He holds three Masters degrees and is an expert on China Outbound Tourism, Marketing and Social Media in China. Stefan works with BMG on the Global Ready China Seminars as well as the Global Ready China News and related projects. He also has teaching engagements in the areas of eMarketing and Tourism Strategy.

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