Number of Russian tourists to Sanya expected to hit 200,000 in 2011
Since the plan for developing Hainan into an international tourism island started, Russia Pegas-tour agency has opened direct tour flights with near 10 cities such as Novossibirsk, Irkutsk, Krasnoiarsk and Khabarovsk. At present, the Russian travel agency PEGAS is becoming the largest partnership of Sanya tourism industry on exploring the tourist markets in Russian-speaking countries.
In 2009, the number of Russian tourists reached 147,000. Among them, Pegas has taken the largest share, said Du Liyin, the Director of Tourism Development Commission of Sanya.
According to the Director of Pegas, this year, major tourism destinations for Russian tourists like Egypt are facing great impact due to the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, which will more Russian tourists to cast their eyes to Sanya.