The 2018 FIFA World Cup which kicked off in Russia on 4th June, 2018 has created the boom of airline and hotel booking. With that, Russian tourism is increasing. The tourism officials in Russia hope that at least 1.5 million people will visit Russia during the event which could add USD 3 billion to the country’s economy. Right now, Russia is experiencing a sports tourism boom from the countries like UK and Europe, despite having some negative news of spying on diplomats. It is predicting that Russia will see 17 million booking transactions.
Here are top 5 cities in Russia where you can travel during World Cup. The country has dropped its visa requirements and made matches easily accessible in an attempt to put its best foot forward to the international visitors.
St. Petersburg- City of Stars
It is a Russian port city welcomes the tourists with sheer imperial grandeur which exists from the inception. Fine tuned with best architecture St Petersburg grew to be the Romanovs’ showcase capital and Russia’s first great, modern city. See the beauty of this fascinating city where Tsarist charm still lingers.
Samara- Volga Port City
Southwestern Russia’s most affluent business city, Samara developed near Volga River. It is an old trade town with well-preserved buildings featuring of the architectural beauty of Soviet period and the present time. This city is known as the birthplace of Russian rockets. Discover the best part of the city while you explore the impressive art museum, WWII era bunker and beautiful Riverside Park.
Kazan- Russian Istanbul
Kazan is 150 years older than Moscow. This city once the capital of Turkish Russians, now portrays the conglomeration of both Turkish and Russian culture. It is the city where Europe and Asia meets, which similar to Turkish capital Istanbul. The age old Tatar autonomy is strong here and is not just about bilingual street signs. The Slavic Russians and Tartars make up about half of the population here which makes a vast conglomeration and amalgamation of culture and social customs.
Nizhny Novgorod- City filled with Contemporary Art
Russia’s fifth largest city, Nizhny Novgorod was founded by Grand Duke George II of Russia in 1221 at the confluence of two most important rivers of his principality, the Volga and the Oka. The Kremlin, the art museum is one of the top attractions here. Yarmarka, Square of Minin and Pozharsky, Monument to Valery Chkalov, History Museum of GAZ and Nizhny Novgorod Stadium are the popular tourism destinations.
Volgograd- Paradise for History Lovers
The history lovers of World War II would love to visit Volgograd. It was February 1943, the city turned into a huge battlefield, when the city was known as Stalingrad. Later, the Soviets transformed the city literally and culturally beautiful with the development. Founded in 1598, Volgograd allures the visitors with impressive war memorial and cemetery at at Rossoshka, 30km northwest of the centre. This city is graced with popular waterfront, broad boulevards and public buildings which will surely attract for a close city walk.
Russia through WC is making big market from tourism point of view. Previously, Brazil tourism official said that 2014 WC helped to create 14 million jobs. Russia did the same job, booming tourism. It is capitalizing its exposure in tourism. Mexico will have more than 60,000 travellers in Russia compared to 35,000 in Brazil, and Colombia and Germany will also have more travelers at this year’s event compared to 2014 World Cup event. So enjoy the event and visit the historic cities in Russia.
By Latifa Zenaina