Russia’s tourist industry will grow by an estimated 4.9% next season, the country’s tourism ministry said on Thursday.
Russia’s Economy Minister Sergei Shoygu said in a statement that tourism revenue will reach 6.6 billion roubles ($14.7 billion) in 2019, a 10.6% increase from the previous year.
Tourism will grow on a yearly basis by 8.5%, the ministry said.
Russia is Russia’s second-largest tourism destination after China.
The country is seeking to revitalise its tourism sector with a host of initiatives including improving infrastructure and expanding public transport networks.
Russia and China are both seeking to increase the number of tourists to around 8 million people this year.
The two nations are also expected to sign a tourism cooperation agreement later this year that will see Chinese companies invest in the Russian Far East region.