The Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) has appointed Prashant Choudhary, Managing Director, Salvia Promoters, as its Representative in India.
An organisation of Russia’s top tourism industry stakeholders with a mandate to promote tourism to Russia, RUTI has developed a network of representatives in 15 countries, including India, which it sees as priority markets for the development of inbound tourism to Russia. The representatives’ main task is to promote tourism opportunities to Russia. The RUTI Representatives abroad will provide cooperation with national tourism administrations and industry organisations, hold conferences, roadshows and seminars and other events in order to give fillip to tourism between Russia and their respective countries.
On his appointment, Prashant Choudhary said, “It is my honour to be appointed as Representative of RUTI in India. Russia and India have been tremendous friends over the last seven to eight decades, however, not much has been done in the field of tourism. The appointment and presence of RUTI in India will greatly help promote tourism between India and Russia. Around 100,000 Indians visited Russia in 2019. This amounted to a growth of more than
30 per cent compared to the previous year.” He added that with the introduction of e-visa for Indians from January 2021, getting a Russian visa will not only be easier for Indian travellers but will also help increase the tourist flow from India. Russia is becoming one of the preferred outbound destinations among Indian travellers. Moscow and Saint Petersburg are particularly popular with them. In fact, Indians are also increasingly flocking to Sochi, known as the Switzerland of Russia and located on the Black Sea.
“We are also promoting the Murmansk region where travellers can see the Northern Lights and enjoy a number of activities. We are also promoting Lake Baikal, the purest lake in the world,” informed Choudhary.