Madrid and Barcelona are included into the twenty of the directions most visited by the Russian tourists in the first half of the year of the current year. In total this list included 14 European cities, and the capitals of Spain and Catalonia take the third and fourth places, respectively – after Paris and Rome.
According to the research which has been carried out by Russian International Travel Monitior (RITM) together with a portal Hoteles.com, outside of Europe Russians choose the American cities. So, New York appeared on the sixth place, Miami at number 18 and Las Vegas on the last, twentieth place. Other most popular directions for Russians out of the Old World are lakes Phuket, the lake Samui and Hong Kong.
The Russian tourism is one of the most fast-growing markets in the world. In 2012 of 35,7 million tourists went abroad Russia that on 7,7 million people more than 2006. Besides, on forecasts of analysts annual growth of exit tourism of the Russian Federation will make 7,5 % till 2017.
In Russia about 68 million Internet users are, and at present 61 % of all tourists select rounds and buy permits online. 53 % from them use platforms for booking of hotels on the Internet and only 32 % of the Russian tourists address in local travel agencies.
At the last moment prefer to reserve rounds only three percent of Russians while 22 % prefer to do it for 1-7 days prior to the beginning of the holiday. Only 11 % of tourists plan the travel in 90 days.