Russia expects a massive windfall of inbound tourist arrivals to the country this summer due to the upcoming FIFA World Cup. It expects tourists from not only the thirty-two competing nations, but also elsewhere. A million and a half foreigners are expected to arrive with nearly two million tickets already sold for various matches of the event. The maximum number of foreign arrivals are expected to be from the USA, Brazil, Germany and Columbia. Tourism has generally been rising as in industry in Russia, with contributions expected to touch US$ 2 billion this year with a major contribution arising from the world cup. Moscow and St. Petersburg are obviously expected to bear the bulk of incoming tourists. This is set to generate a plethora of tourism jobs in the country. The average room occupancy in hotels in the two biggest cities is expected to reach 80 and 71 percent each for Moscow and St. Petersburg respectively. Infrastructure has specifically been developed by the government to ensure the cup is a grand success.


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