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This summer Moscow witnesses an unusual rush of foreign tourists
This summer Moscow witnesses an unusual rush of foreign tourists. Their flow has grown by 10-15% in comparison with last June, Izvestia daily reports. All in all, about 12 million foreign guests, mainly tourists, annually visit Russia. Moscow is highly popular with them, so the city government plans to increase their annual flow up to 5 million by 2010. This season sees a new tendency, former compatriots, CIS citizens come to Russia as tourists. Moscow, the Golden Ring, St. Petersburg, Karelia, the Solovki Islands, and the Volga region remain the most popular tourist sites. The lack of normal hotels in Russia is the main tourist problem. This summer St. Petersburg failed to receive all tourists as their number has grown by 40-50% in comparison with 2003, which marked the city's anniversary. According to Izvestia, the money which a tourist spends on a three-day trip to Moscow (about $813) is enough for a week's tour to London or Paris. However, foreigners are not afraid of high prices and accommodation problems. Their interest in Russia keeps growing.
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