Greece was the third favorite destination worldwide for Russian tourists this year. Nearly 1.1 million Russians visited Greece during the first nine months of 2013.
According to official data, the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism, Rosturizm, announced the number of outbound travelers for the first nine months of 2013. The country that was ranked first was Turkey with 2.7 million visitors. The second most popular destination in the period January – September was Egypt with 1.4 million visitors and an increase of 17% compared to previous years. Egypt was followed by Greece who had 1.1 million visitors and an increase of 69%. The countries following were Spain (887,100 visitors with a 29% increase), China (787,200 visitors with a 20% decrease), Finland (787,100 visitors with 102% increase), Thailand (683,000 visitors with 23% increase), Germany (638,100 visitors with 20% increase) and Italy (605,500 visitors with 31% increase).
A total of 42,583,312 Russian tourists traveled abroad in the first nine months of 2013. There appears to be a 14% increase compared to the previous year. It is estimated that during the first nine months of 2013, 14.8 million dollars were spent on travels.
During the same period, Russia was visited by 23.9 million tourists; an increase of 10% compared to the same 9-month period of 2012.