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Over 1,300 Moscow hotels ready to welcome 2018 FIFA World Cup fans

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Now 1,323 hotels in Moscow are ready to welcome guests of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Head of the Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev said.

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This is following the seventh operational visit of FIFA and the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee to the World Cup arenas.

“Moscow is ready for the championship and a large number of tourists,” he noted. “As of today, 1,323 hotels have completed the official classification procedure. All facilities, both transport and sport, are ready for the matches. We only have to wait for 14 June.”

Gulyayev also noted that the Department of Sport and Tourism is keeping an eye on the hotels so that prices do not exceed the cap.

“Specialists of our department are constantly monitoring prices. Twelve hotels were overcharging last week, but we have worked with them and there are no problems now,” he said.

Most rooms (86 percent) are booked for the World Cup. “If we are talking about the statistics, about 18 percent is booked by Russians. Speaking of foreign tourists, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Iran are the countries sending the most fans,” Gulyayev added.

The World Cup matches will be held on 14 June – 15 July 2018 in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk. The capital is not called the main World Cup city just for the sake of it.

The organisers are planning to host 12 matches here. The opening match will take place on 14 June at Luzhniki, where Russia’s national team will face Saudi Arabia.

All Moscow ticket collectors will undergo special training on working with foreigners. Using special phrasebooks, they will be able to point towards the right stop and show the best possible route.

Starting on 1 February, ticket collectors of the Organizator Perevozok state-run transport company started taking a second English-language course. This will allow them to talk to foreign tourists who will come to Moscow to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

To facilitate communication, the company has already compiled phrasebooks with greetings, transport terms, and navigation and football phrases.

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