Published on : Friday, July 6, 2018
The current 2018 FIFA World Cup has witnessed a massive 5 million tourists, comprising 2.9 million international visitors that have visited the cities for the matches, as per a recent statement made by the head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, Oleg Safonov.
“According to preliminary information, the World Cup host cities have received more than 5 million tourists. Moscow saw the heaviest tourist flow of more than 2.7 million, while St. Petersburg received more than 600,000, and Sochi, more than 500,000. The growth of tourists visiting the World Cup host cities was from 19% in Moscow to 1,678% in Saransk, with the average growth of 74%,” the agency head said.
At present, there are around 2.9 million foreign tourists in 11 Russian cities hosting the World Cup matches. This increased by 20% in St. Petersburg and 235 times in Saransk in comparison to the same time for June, Safonov noted. The flow of foreign tourists increased 10 times in Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg and 15 times in Volgograd, whereas in the other World Cup host cities it increased 1.5-2 times.
Many football fanatics, overseas state officials and politicians, as well as experts have already admired Russia’s organization of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, observing that the warm-hearted hospitality in all of 11 cities, but branded the outcomes of this world championship as completely unpredictable.
The remaining eight teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Trophy, are hosts Russia, France, Uruguay, Sweden, Brazil, England, Belgium and Croatia.
The semi finals begins today Friday June 6th as France do battle against Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod stadium for a place in the semis, the city of Kazan will host the Brazil vs Belgium encounter.