Head of Rosturism (Federal Agency for Tourism) Oleg Safonov told Izvestia about the 20-25% increase in the entry tourist flow by 2022.
"We are opening an office in India - this is a very challenging direction, which promises a significant influx of tourists. In the US, we are opening five offices - in Washington, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle and New York," the official said.
According to him, "very good dynamics of the incoming traffic from the USA" is now observed, despite the absence of national tourist offices.
"In the first nine months of 2017, the Russian Border Service of the FSB recorded an increase in the number of American tourists entering the country by 25% compared to the same period in 2016," Oleg Safonov said.
The head of Rosturizm is sure that "anti-Russian propaganda arouses great interest among American citizens for our country."
"It happens so often. They tell stories about what is happening in Russia, and people have a desire to come and see with their own eyes. The Western propaganda campaign aimed at discrediting the Russian Federation, surprisingly, is working to increase tourist flows to our country," Safonov said.
At the same time, he noted that due to imposed false stereotypes and blocking of positive information about Russia in the Western media, American tourists underestimate the situation, so the "WOW-effect" is obtained. "Our guests from the USA surprisingly see friendly people in Russia, delicious food, beautiful streets and roads with proper facilities, interesting tourist landmarks, ample opportunities for recreation and affordable prices. They see a modern, peaceful and developed country," Safonov said.