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Is Russia's bid to host the 2018 FIFA loss for tourism in the UK?

Russia won the bid to host World Cup 2018 and the tourism industry in the United Kingdom has expressed disappointment as he had hoped to tap its potential as a tourist destination had won the nomination to organize the international tournament.

Getting the most out of this honor, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has assured FIFA that visa rules would compulsory for all foreign tourists with tickets for matches during the tournament in 2018.

The general perception in the UK, which was one of the strongest contenders in the bidding, is that the country dispelled the opportunity to host the 2018 World Cup following a recent revelation by the British media (BBC and London Times) about "cash for vote scandal as a result of which two members of the FIFA executive were suspended and fined.

However, the President of FIFA, Joseph Blatter, said: "We are going to new lands," to explain the time announced to host the 2018 World Cup in Zurich, Switzerland last week.

Amid all the turmoil, the failure of the UK is seen as a blow to tourism. "The tourists have arrived in England before the tournament to see the possible meeting places and venues. Now these people will go elsewhere, can be still very far from Russia, "Arunava Chaudhuri, a sports journalist, blogger and consultant Soccer in Remscheid, Germany, said IBTimes.

According to the Target World Sports Expo, which features sports-related tourism and services, Sports tourism is the fastest growing sector in the travel industry worldwide and is expected to grow exponentially in the next ten years.

Exposure was held in July this year in Johannesburg, South Africa has shown that sports tourism is likely to scale up tourist arrivals worldwide by 14 percent in late 2010, but national data show surprising variations wise.

According the Ministry of Tourism of India, Commonwealth Games, which concluded Recently in India the only country to seek an increase of 9 per cent in foreign tourist arrivals, which is much lower than expected.

In contrast, South African Tourism, the national tourism agency, has been a huge increase of 17.4 percent in tourist arrivals worldwide in the first eight months of the year, following FIFA's 2010 World Cup held earlier this year in South Africa.

Disparities in tourism of the two nations that hosted international sporting events the fanfare of equality may be a sign that organized a World Cup is not the only driving factor of interest of a nation. Many experts argue that tourism benefits of hosting a sporting event are overrated.

"We are all obviously disappointed that England did not have successful in its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Despite this setback, the next ten years is full of promises sport in England, Berresford "James, CEO VisitEngland tourism body, was quoted in the media.

Despite the arrival of foreign tourists dropped by 2 percent in the first nine months of 2010, the next two years are definitely promising for tourism in the UK. royal wedding of Prince William in 2011 and the Olympics London 2012 and the Queen's Jubilee diamond in the same year he kept England in the international spotlight, Berresford said.

"World Cup is an opportunity to profile a country, as in London, is doing through the 2012 Olympics," said Chaudhuri.

Moreover, a study conducted by VisitBritain, the national tourist agency of Great Britain, in July this year concluded that the contribution of tourism to the UK economy could grow by more than 60 percent in 2020. It seems that UK lost to World Cup 2018, the offer is not really a "great" loss.

About the Author

Sanskrity Sinha is a travel journalist and lifestyle writer. She works with International Business Times as Travel Correspondent. This article has been written by Sanskrity Sinha for IBTimes.

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