Moscow, St. Petersburg ship giant delegations to OTM journey present to appeal to tourists

Moscow, St. Petersburg ship giant delegations to OTM journey present to appeal to tourists

Sanction-hit Russia is making an aggressive bid to woo Indian travellers to go to its key cities.

Its high two cities, specifically Moscow and St. Petersburg, have despatched tourism delegations to an ongoing commerce occasion referred to as OTM to onboard a lot of journey brokers to promote tour packages and woo Indians.

“During pandemic the vacationer movement had dropped considerably. For St Petersburg, it dropped 72%. In that interval, inside tourism witnessed a major progress. Now, we can see the urge of Indians to go to our locations,” mentioned Kuzenskaya Julia, deputy chairman, Committee for Tourism Development, St. Petersburg.
She mentioned Indians can have hassle-free journey to St. Petersburg and the transaction [payment] points  had been being resolved and “mentioned on the highest degree.” Despite the conflict, she mentioned, “completely there isn’t a risk to tourists and all the pieces may be very peaceable.”

She mentioned, “We try lots to appeal to folks from Asian locations and we’ve seen an increasing number of folks have began coming in from India. We know that Asian markets have enormous potential,” she added.

Moscow City Tourism Committee has put up a stall at OTM demonstrating its tourism and MICE potential. The Moscow delegation is holding talks with members of journey commerce and showcasing locations earlier than Mumbai movie producers. 

Alina Arutyunova, Deputy Chairman, Moscow City Tourism Committee, mentioned she had come to Mumbai to additional strengthen the connection with India.

“Now, extra Indians are touring to Moscow and there’s no downside in funds. We are centered on India and Saudi Arabia to appeal to tourists,” she mentioned.

One of the drivers for progress is the visa coverage of Russia. In September President Vladimir Putin supported the initiative to introduce visa-free regime for teams of international tourists, she added. 

Besides, the e-visa software can be made out there for 52 nations and India is enlisted too. “It is a simplified process for submitting paperwork on-line,” she additional added.

Sanjiv Agarwal, chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd., the organisers of OTM mentioned a number of conventional outbound locations like Europe and America weren’t doing effectively as they had been unable to course of the specified numbers of visa due to workers crunch at their Embassies.


“This has created distinctive alternatives for a number of the non- conventional locations like Russia to fill the hole. Very few Indians, a couple of lakh [as compared to 50 lakh to U.K. and 15 lakh to small European countries] had been going to Russia in pre-pandemic time. Now, not many westerners are going to Russia, they’re now needing Indians,” he mentioned.

“So, they’ve are available full drive and now Indians are getting Russian visa simply. Since Russians are usually not getting visa to the western world, they might now come to India,” he added.

Jyoti Mayal, president, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) mentioned platforms like OTM would make the enterprise come again put up pandemic. 

“This is the necessity of the hour. It is time to reconnect with each one and in addition to re-collaborate with them. Right now India is an enormous supply market as a result of China is blocked. India has enormous alternative as all are wooing us. But, it’s the proper time for us to woo them as a result of our inbound ought to be very robust,” she mentioned. 

“We had a possibility a few years in the past to be largest hub of journey and tourism. But we misplaced to Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. This is the appropriate time for India to get again and grow to be the biggest journey hub,” she added.  

Qatar Tourism can also be attracting Indians. “We at all times consider that India is a key supply marketplace for Qatar. In the approaching months, we could have the Football World Cup and can obtain a lot of Indians. From 2023 Qatar can be prepared with infrastructure for leisure viewpoint,” mentioned Sandeep Shevale, Regional Manager, Qatar Tourism.  

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