In 2016, Moscow has topped the tourist appeal ranking among Russian regions, Head of the Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev said at a Moscow Government meeting on current issues chaired by Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
The ranking was compiled by the Rating Centre of Information Communications based on 10 parameters, including infrastructure development, cultural and historical uniqueness, and the environment.
In 2015, the capital ranked third, losing to the Krasnodar Territory and St Petersburg. The ranking’s authors say that Moscow’s tourist appeal increased due in large part to the improvement of the urban environment, wider range of tourist services and a higher number of international tourists.
Gulyayev noted that the Russian capital has also improved its place in international tourist rankings. Moscow made it into the top-10 best tourist cities, according to the famous travel guide publisher Lonely Planet, and the top-seven travel destinations, according to the National Geographic magazine.
In rankings of the tourist metasearch momondo.ru, the capital ranks first among Russian cities in the top-10 destinations for the upcoming New Year holidays. According to Instagram, Moscow is the third most popular city among tourists.
In 2016, the number of Moscow tourists has increased by 250,000 people compared to 2015, reaching 17.4 million.