Aiming to promote and develop cooperation in the field of tourism and travel research to build sustainable flows of tourists, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Russian Federation and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) was signed.
PATA is pleased about the new MOU with the Travel Association “World Without Borders” of the Russian Federation. The agreement strengthens the links initiated by PATA’s visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg in March 2014.
The MOU was signed by PATA CEO Martin J. Craigs and World Without Borders CEO Oxana McChristian at the JATA Tourism EXPO Japan on Friday, September 26, 2014. The agreement commits the two organizations to share knowledge through research and publications, to reciprocate in event participation, to support mutual agreed advocacy positions, and to enhance two-way marketing whilst building business via more open market access.
As highlighted in PATA’s five-year visitor forecasts (2014-2018), arrivals from the Russian Federation into Asia Pacific are expected to grow from 7.4 million in 2014 to 15 million by 2018. According to the Federal Agency for Tourism, Ministry of Culture Russian Federation, total arrivals to the Russian Federation reached 30.8 million in 2013 achieving an annual growth rate of 9 percent.