According to a research presented today at the WTM Vision Conference Moscow, the number of Russian passengers flying on low-cost carriers will increase by an annual rate of 13% over the next four years. The well-known carriers such as easyJet, Vueling and Wizz, already active in the market, are being joined by new start-up airlines such as Pobeda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aeroflot which serves the domestic market.
Airports in Russia are also improving as a result of the government's commitment to tourism.
The increased presence of international hotel chains such as Marriott, Accor and Hilton will also help restore inbound numbers and increase domestic options.
Euromonitor International says that increased adoption of online digital platforms is also an important factor for tourism moving forward. Some 60% of the Russian population is online, 44% of whom access the web via mobile.
Nonetheless, 2014 was a tough year for Russian tourism. Euromonitor International identifies five factors: tour operator bankruptcy, a weak rouble, lack of consumer confidence, gaps in legislative system and the tense political situation in the region.
Overall, 2014 saw a drop in not only outbound but inbound tourism numbers with declines of 4% and 3% respectively. But important leisure destinations actually saw an increase, with Egypt up 34% and Turkey 6% year-on-year.
In terms of inbound, Russia welcomed 10% more Chinese visitors in 2014.
WTM Vision Conference Moscow, organised in association with Tour Business, takes place at the Golden Ring Hotel.