Rus­sia new tourist hotspot for Kuwaitis

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Rus­sia has emerged as a new tourist des­ti­na­tion for Kuwaiti and Gulf cit­i­zens, af­ter the ninth most pop­u­lous na­tion at­tracted some 32 mil­lion vis­i­tors in 2015. In March, Rus­sia opened a na­tional tourist of­fice in Kuwait, an en­deavor in­tended to lure Arab and Gulf tourists to a coun­try whose tourism in­dus­try has grown ex­po­nen­tially and is home to 22 United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) World Her­itage Sites, in ad­di­tion to a di­verse land­scape. Speak­ing yes­ter­day, Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Rus­sian Tourism Agency Sergei Korneev un­der­scored his coun­try as a new global tourist hotspot, cit­ing sub­stan­tial growth in Moscow’s tourism in­dus­try, adding that the coun­try has man­aged to earn around $13-20 bil­lion in tourism rev­enue.

More­over, he noted that Rus­sia is keen on wel­com­ing Gulf and Arab tourists in the near fu­ture, amid ex­pec­ta­tions of a 25 per­cent growth in the tourism in­dus­try by the year 2025. He also added that the tourism in­dus­try ac­counts for three per­cent of to­tal in­vest­ments in the coun­try and has man­aged to pro­vide some four mil­lion jobs.

Mean­while, head of the Rus­sian na­tional tourist of­fice in Kuwait Basel Al-Osoud said that Rus­sia pos­sesses all of the qual­i­ties and at­tributes needed to trans­form the na­tion into a fullfledged tourist des­ti­na­tion, not­ing that the Krem­lin has un­der­taken a se­ries of in­fra­struc­ture re­forms to usher in an in­flux of tourists.

On tourist lo­ca­tions, he said that the coun­try is home to re­li­gious and cul­tural sites, in ad­di­tion to gar­dens and other lo­ca­tions that will be­guile vis­i­tors, not­ing that around half a mil­lion Kuwaiti tourists ven­ture into new parts of the world ev­ery year.

Speak­ing on touris­tic ties be­tween Rus­sia and Kuwait, he fore­boded that re­la­tions will ame­lio­rate, say­ing that Rus­sia is a suit­able des­ti­na­tion for Kuwaitis dur­ing sum­mer sea­son, given the fact that tem­per­a­tures re­main mod­er­ate at around 25 de­grees Cel­sius.

On ef­forts to cater to Arab and Mus­lim vis­i­tors, he re­vealed that a num­ber of touris­tic com­pa­nies have pro­vided a wide range of ‘Halal’ food, adding that they have also in­cor­po­rated the use of Ara­bic lan­guage into their pro­grams to make vis­i­tors from that re­gion feel more at home.

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