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Silk Road makes a comeback: Even freight trains are promoting the Silk Road

The Silk Road tourism project represents an astonishing international comeback for this historic route. More or less as the “new Silk Road“, this network of historic trading routes with its many different branches is not only helping to boost tourism but is also having an impact on business and science in the region, as well as encouraging political cooperation and easing visa restrictions. This is one of the important outcomes of the 9th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting at the ITB Berlin Convention.

Silk Road: A highway for the whole world

The historic Silk Road “has made enormous progress in recent years”. These were the words of the Secretary-General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, speaking during the project’s 8th Ministers’ Meeting at the ITB Berlin Convention.

Moscow: city of many peoples

Russian capital Moscow is represented as a multi-cultural city at ITB Berlin.  "Living next to Russians there are Greeks, Lithuanians, Poles, Tatars, Georgians, Armenians, Germans, Jews," explained Vladimir Chernikov, head of the Moscow Department of National Politics, International Relations and Tourism.  "They have all shaped and left their marks on Moscow."

“The only place cheaper is home” – tourists visiting Russia take advantage of the weak rouble

In 2014 tourist numbers visiting Russia were in decline, with Moscow’s three airports registering a seven per cent drop in arrivals. Now, however, as a result of the weak rouble the Russian Federal Tourism Agency expects an increase in visitors from Germany and other Western European countries. “The only place cheaper is home“, says Sergei Spilko, chairman of Moscow’s Tourism and Hotel Industry Committee, with a smile.