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By 2007 the annual stream of foreign tourists to Moscow may increase up to 5 million
Grigory Antyufeyev, chairman of the Moscow Tourist Committee, said it at the news conference in Moscow on Wednesday. "The city program for developing tourism envisages that by 2010- we have to reach the annual level of 5 million foreign tourists. But we want to receive 5 million foreign tourists already in 2007," he said. The official added that more and more tourists come to Moscow from abroad every year. In 2003, the stream of foreign tourists grew up by 10% in comparison with the previous year, and in 2004 - by 17.3%. And if we compare the number of foreign tourists in 1999 and in 2004, the increase will total 96.5%. According to the data of the Federal Frontier Service, in 2004 2,919,000 foreign tourists arrived in the Russian capital by air. They were mostly from Germany; the smallest number of guests come from South Korea. "I shall not forecast the number of foreign tourists in 2005. Time will show," Mr. Antyufeyev told a RIA Novosti correspondent. "But I am sure that it will not grow up by 300%. However, if the increase stands at 10, 15 or even 30 per cent the city will cope with the task," he assured the correspondent. Mr. Antyufeyev underscored that there is no shortage in hotels. "There construction forestalls the growth of the number of tourists," specified the official. He said that Moscow would take part in the biggest international tourist exchange: ITB Berlin-2005 International Tourism Exchange which will be held for the 39th time in the biggest exhibition hall of the German capital, MESSE Berlin, from March 11 to 15. According to him, the Russian part of the exhibition will occupy 600 square meters, out of which more than half will belong to Moscow. According to the data of the Moscow Tourist Committee, over 10,000 companies, representing all spheres of international tourist business, will take part in the International Tourism Exchange
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