TRAVEL GAZETTE – U.S. tourists to Russia shot up by 25 percent in the first nine months of 2017, despite the continued frosty relationship between Washington and Moscow.
Oleg Safonov, head of Russian Federal Agency for Tourism said: “The anti-Russia propaganda only arouses great interest among American citizens for our country…American citizens are told various stories about what is going on in Russia, no wonder they want to come and see everything by themselves.”
Safonov said American tourists are not disappointed by what they saw in Russia. They see a “modern, peaceful and developed country,” he said.
In November, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said relations between Russia and the U.S. were in a “disgusting” condition despite President Donald Trump’s desire to improve them.
Russia’s rich cultural heritage – with over 20 UNESCO World Heritage sites – has made it a popular destination in recent years.