The World Cup in Russia will be a universal celebration for the millions of people who love that sport.Also for tourism.
During the tournament are expected in the Russian venues about 500,000 foreign visitors, General Director of the 2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Alexei Sorokin announced in Moscow. “Many regions will fulfill their annual plan of hosting tourists from abroad within just one month” he said.
IFA boss Gianni Infantino said this week that Russia was “absolutely ready” to host the World Cup.
The first World Cup staged in eastern Europe will be the most expensive ever. Infantino said the tournament was shaping up to be the best one yet. “The feedback from all our experts at FIFA are extremely positive. “And this shows that Russia is absolutely ready to host the world to celebrate a summer of festivities here in this beautiful country,” he said in Moscow.
The tournament will span 12 stadiums and 11 host cities across the European part of Russia.
The FIFA announced that before the opening of the last stage of ticket sales a total of 1,698,049 tickets had been allocated to football supporters from all over the world and Russia since the launch of Phase One of ticket sales in September 2017.
Over 164,000 tickets were purchased within 24 hours after the launch of the final stage of sales on April 18, according to FIFA. The world’s football organization keeps reminding that at the request of the Russian authorities, all fans attending matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup need to apply for a Fan-ID – the official identity document issued to fans.
The so-called Fan-ID is a Russian innovation that is required for all ticketholders. This innovation was successfully tested during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia and earned high marks from the world’s governing football body.
Experts said the Fan-ID plays an important security role during the major football tournament in Russia as it grants admittance to the stadiums and also serves as a visa for foreign visitors to enter the country.
A Fan-ID holder is allowed to enter the country without having a Russian visa and stay for the duration of the global football tournament. Fan-IDs are obligatory, in addition to purchased tickets, in order to attend matches of the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia. The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15.
Russians have prioritized their attention to tourists and soccer fans. A web site called World Cup guide even shows visitors words and phrases in Russian that they might need during their stay. Some words and phrases are formal and of daily use a Hello! (zdrastvuite), By (da svidania), Thank you! (spasiba), What is your name? (Kak vas zovut?) and Please Help me (Pazhalusta pomogite mne).
Others are somewhat more complicated for more complex situations such as I forgot my passport in the hotel (Ya zabyl pasport v gostinitse) How much it this? (Skolko eto stoit?) and Do you accept credit cards? (Vi prinimaete kreditniye karty?).
The Fan Guide in several languages offers valuable general information for tourists about transport, money and payment, healthcare, How to stay connected, Shopping and eating out,Useful Russian words and phrases and the inevitable “in case of emergency”.