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Destination Russia
Reference Year 2011
Overnight Arrivals million
Bednights million
Length of Stay nights
Arrivals Development since 2005  %
Bednights Development since 2005  %
No. of coll. Establishments est.
No. of Bedplaces in coll. Est. beds
Europeans interested in Russia 2012 million
Tourism Share of GDP (total contribution) 5.9%
Tourism Share of Workforce (total contribution) 5.5%
No. of UNESCO World Heritage Sites 8 sites
NTO Website:
Statistics Website:

In the infobox on the right of this page you find some key figures about the tourism destination of Russia in general. As Russia is so huge and only some areas belong to the Baltic Sea Region, these regions are covered in more detail.


Baltic Sea Regions

Kaliningrad Region
St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region
Karelia Region

Use of Accommodations

Icon Pen.pngSources and Definitions

The main source for Tourism Accommodation and Capacity Statistics in Russia is the database of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)[1].

Icon Arrival.pngArrivals

2006 2007 2008 2009
International arrivals in hotels and similar establishments 20.1 million 22.2 million 22.7 million x million
International arrivals development compared to previous yearx%+1.0%+0.2%x%
  • 23.7 million international arrivals 2008:
30% Ukraine
13% Kazakhstan
6% Republic of Moldova
5% Finland
5% Azerbaijan

Icon Night.pngOvernights

2006 2007 2008 2009
Total overnights 169.8 million 168.7 million 189.7 million x million
Overnight stays development compared to previous yearx%-0.6%+12.4%x%
  • Overnight stays by kind of accommodation 2008:
54.4 million hotels and similar (27%)
135.3 million other collective accommodation (73%)
  • Domestic/international overnight stays 2008:
178,4 million domestic overnight stays (94%)
11,3 million international overnight stays (6%)

The economic dimension of travel and tourism

The direct contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was RUB 752.0 bn (1.4% of total GDP) in 2011, and is forecast to rise by 5.8% in 2012, and to rise by 3.9% pa, from 2012-2022, to RUB 1,165.5 bn in 2022 (in constant 2011 prices).

The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP was RUB 3,108.1 bn (5.9% of GDP) in 2011, and is forecast to rise by 4.6% in 2012, and to rise by 3.8% pa to RUB 4,719.0 bn in 2022.

In 2011 Travel & Tourism directly supported 954,000 jobs (1.3% of total employment). This is expected to rise by 2.9% in 2012 and rise by 0.4% pa to 1,024,000 jobs (1.5% of total employment) in 2022.

In 2011, the total contribution of Travel & Tourism to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the industry, was 5.5% of total employment (3,871,000 jobs). This is expected to rise by 1.6% in 2012 to 3,932,500 jobs and rise by 0.1% pa to 3,977,000 jobs in 2022 (5.9% of total).

Visitor exports generated RUB 473.3 bn (2.9% of total exports) in 2011. This is forecast to grow by 0.3% in 2012, and grow by 1.9% pa, from 2012-2022, to RUB 571.5 bn in 2022 (2.5% of total).

Travel & Tourism investment in 2011 was RUB 311.7 bn, or 2.8% of total investment. It should rise by 2.1% in 2012, and rise by 5.3% pa over the next ten years to RUB 532.7 bn in 2022 (2.6% of total).

Source: World Travel & Tourism Council - Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2012 [2]

Heritage attractions

Unesco banner.pngUNESCO World Heritage Sites

At the moment (2012), there are 25 Russian heritage sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 7 of the cultural and 1 of the natual World Heritag Sites are situated in the Baltic Sea Region:

The remaining World Heritage Sites are situated outside the BSR.
Click here to access the official UNESCO website for the Russian Federation.

BASTIS Logo.jpgBASTIS Heritage Sites

At the moment (Dec. 2012), the users of BASTIS have entered 2 Russian heritage attractions into BASTIS:

Please be aware that all this information (number and selection of attractions, content of the profiles) is solely in the resposibility of the authors who contributed this information to BASTIS.



  1. UNWTO 2010 []
  2. World Travel & Tourism Council - Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2012 [1]