Russia in holiday revolution
26 January 2009 07:57
The number of people heading on holiday to Russia has seen a huge increase in the last few years, it has been revealed.
The website destinationrussia.com has said that the number of tourists heading east to the country has increased by about 45 per cent since 2005, with the second city, St Petersburg proving the most popular.
Holidaymakers looking to escape the grey skies and economic turmoil could find the former communist superpower to be just what the doctor ordered.
Martin Chiazza, founder of destinationrussia.com, said: "As the figures show, Russia is growing rapidly as a tourist destination.
"In the past, Russia used to attract predominantly business travellers, whereas now it is young travellers keen to experience the popular sights, such as the Kremlin in Moscow and St Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg."
When travelling to Russia, it is important to remember to buy fully comprehensive travel insurance, in case of an unforeseen emergency.
Russia is by far the world's largest country, with a landmass of nearly seven million square miles and a population of about 150 million.