Head of Moscow's tourism department: Foreigners find Muscovites hospitable

Head of Moscow's tourism department: Foreigners find Muscovites hospitable

Over three million tourists have visited Moscow during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and those from non-CIS countries accounted for slightly less than 50 percent of this number, Head of the City Department of Sports and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev told journalists at the City Press Center.

Moscow attracted most tourists from the following five countries: China, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and France. Interestingly, China and the US were not playing in the World Cup.

Nikolskaya Street attracted crowds of fans from various countries and served as an informal festival venue.

"City authorities also opened several pedestrian zones that became highly popular with tourists," Gulyayev noted. They include the Gorky and Zaryadye parks and Vorobyovy Gory (Hills) which are popular with city residents.

Gulyayev underscored the hospitality of Moscow residents.

"Senior officials from various countries have told us that local residents are open, friendly and they also smile a lot," he noted.

He made specific mention of the work of law enforcement agencies.

"Our guests from neighboring and other countries noted the polite attitude of police officers toward fans in festival zones and all over the city," Gulyayev added.

Moscow authorities have already shared the experience of holding public events with representatives of Qatar, which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Gulyayev said in conclusion.

News conference by Head of the Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev