MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. The head of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism and the tourism ministers of the states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) discussed the prospects for a gradual and safe resumption of tourist flows between countries, the agency’s press office said in a statement on Friday.
“Federal Tourism Agency Co-Chair Zarina Doguzova hosted an online meeting of tourism ministers of Russia and ASEAN countries. Such a meeting took place for the first time. The parties discussed prospects for a gradual and safe resumption of tourist flows, as well as plans that will ensure favorable conditions for travel in the future,” the statement said.
Russia wants to increase the number of tourists from Southeast Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and others, according to Doguzova.
“That’s over 600 million people, a potentially huge market for our country. It’s no coincidence that tourism was first recognized as the best tool for economic recovery at the last Asia Summit. of the East at the initiative of Russia,” she said. saying.