The Russian capital is preparing to host top-class sporting events: the highlight of the 2017 season will be the FIFA Confederations Cup from 17 June to 2 July with the participation of the German national team, considered a rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The games will take place in stadiums, which will also be venues for the 2018 World Cup; many international fans are expected for the event, including many Germans. Speaking of: every fourth foreign visitor to Moscow is German, and a total of 17 million travellers visited the Russian capital – a new record. With that, Moscow is one of the ten most popular cities in the world in terms of tourism.
Back to football: "Moscow is intensively preparing to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup," says Nikolaj Guljajew, head of the city's department of sports and tourism. "Preparation is running on all major levels, from preparing the venues and transport infrastructure to the classification of accommodations and the assurance of the safety of foreign tourists." For this purpose, multilingually trained "tourist police officers" will be on the streets as direct contacts.
In addition to major sporting events, Moscow has a variety of other things to offer interested visitors, of course. The city is rich in stunning sights and cultural events. City authorities also anticipate a future increase in business travel once again.
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