Moscow has the potential to boost its tourist influx to around 32 million people a year by 2025

Travel and Tour World | June 11, 2019

Moscow has the potential to boost its tourist influx to around 32 million people a year by 2025
Global consulting company BCG said that Moscow has the prospective to boost its tourist influx to around 32 million people a year by 2025. However, for that, it needs to take few steps.The firm has come up with a scenario with an eight-point plan that would help grasping the city’s tourism potential to the maximum.The growth in the number of tourists visiting Moscow after the World Cup (from September to December 2018) went up 117 percent compared to the same period a year before. Half of the visitors said that they are ready to recommend Moscow to others.

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