first_imgRussia is relying too heavily on tourism from neighbouring nations and is suffering from an inability to attract western travellers, according to new research.Euromonitor International deduced that Russia has developed a poor image overseas, especially in markets such as the United States and western Europe after revealing that the Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan accounted for nearly half of all visitors in 2012.Issues surrounding security, infrastructure, bureaucracy and the quality of tourism products on offer were contributing factors to Russia’s poor international image.Positively, inbound tourism arrivals displayed solid growth last year, reaching 26 million.The new research also estimated that Russia will account for an additional eight million overseas trips by 2017.“The predicted growth in Russian outbound traffic is good news for the global industry, but the report shows greater support could be given to its inbound industry, especially to attract tourists form the large markets of the US and western Europe,” Reed Travel Exhibitions director World Travel Market Simon Press said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Russia is too reliant upon neighbouring tourism.last_img read more