MOSCOW, Jun 9 - RIA Novosti/Prime. More 4, 9 million foreign tourists visited the Russian Federation in the 1st quarter of 2015, According to the new scoring system adopted by the Rosstat together with the Federal Agency for tourism last year, is notified on the Internet office of the Federal Agency for tourism.
On the basis of updated statistical data leaders of inbound tourism in Russia were citizens of Ukraine (1, 46 million people), 2nd place - travelers from Kazakhstan (1, 2 million), the third place was occupied by guests from Poland (415 thousand). After that there are citizens of Finland (324 thousand), Azerbaijan (170 thousand), China (135 thousand), Armenia (103 thousand), Uzbekistan (97 thousand), Abkhazia (93 thousand) and Mongolia (82 thousand).
Press Secretary of the Federal tourism Agency Irina Shegolkova said Tuesday Last news that the New method provides More objective data, but stressed that " these figures can not be compared with similar indicators in 2014, because then the vote count was conducted on an outdated system."
The interlocutor of Agency explained that starting in 2014, Rosstat has moved to a new system of counting inbound and outbound tourists, adopted by the world community." According to this system, the total number of tourists has increased greatly, because they began to take into account all categories of tourists. The new methodology takes account of all persons entering and leaving streams, and then from this place are deducted students, migrants and travelers, arriving on a long time, " she said.
the Commissioner of the Federal tourism Agency recalled that in previous years the Russian data by counting tourists who went to this or that country has always differed significantly from the data, the host of national organizations. This happened because the world believed by the method of UNWTO, and in Russia, considered on its own.
Schegolkova noticed that on the Internet representation offices at the same time presented the figures for the 1st quarter of 2015, obtained by an outdated system of counting. In this embodiment, the RF for the period just visited 255, 3 thousands of tourists.