About RUTI


The Russian Union of Travel Industry was founded in 1993.

This is the largest industry association, whose members include tour operators, travel agencies, hotels, health resorts, transport, insurance, consulting, and IT companies, educational institutions, media, public and other organizations in tourism.

The main objectives of RUTI are establishing a country’s civilized tourist market and improving the competitiveness of the national tourist product and services in tourism.

With due regard for associate members, organizations within associations and unions, as well as a network of travel agencies, RUTI represents the interests of more than 3,000 travel industry enterprises in Russia and the near and far abroad countries.

The structure of RUTI includes 27 regional offices, 30 committees and commissions, 20 international representatives in 27 countries. Furthermore, RUTI comprises 19 industry-specific associations.


Management team


Andrey Ignatiev

President of RUTI, Moscow

Russian entrepreneur, public figure, former CEO of the Russian Tourism Company under the Ministry of Physical Education, Sports and Tourism of the Russian Federation, former Vice-President of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, Founder of the Dadobro.com international volunteer movement, Doctor of Economics.

Sergey Shpilko

Honorary President of RUTI, Moscow

Member of the Presidium of the All-Russian Organization of Small and Medium Business “Opora Rossii”, Board Member and Chairman of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RUIE), Member of the Coordination Council for Development of Domestic and Inbound Tourism in the Russian Federation under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Yuri Barzykin

Vice President of RUTI, Moscow

Chairman of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry Committee on Entrepreneurship in Tourism

Olga Sanaeva

Vice President of RUTI, Head of the RUTI Regional Council, Head of the RUTI Committee for Transport in Tourism, Moscow

Founder of the Ankor travel agency since 1996

Aleksandr Osaulenko

Vice President of RUTI, Moscow

Director of the TourAssist Association

Leonid Flit

Vice President of RUTI, Chairman of the Board of the RUTI North-West Regional Office, St. Petersburg

Director General of the Nika company





Address: 2/62/35 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street, bldg. 1, 3rd floor, 121069 Moscow

E-mail: rst@rostourunion.ru

Working hours: Monday to Friday: 09:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Phone: +7 (495) 961-13-70

For Media: press@rostourunion.ru

Joining RUTI: welcome@rostourunion.ru

International cooperation: int@rostourunion.ru

Committees and commissions: expert@rostourunion.ru

Regional offices and representatives: regions@rostourunion.ru


10 reasons to join RUTI


  1. Business Protection

RUTI consistently collects, analyzes, and makes proposals to the executive authorities of the Russian Federation on measures for supporting the tourism industry. RUTI members take part in the elaboration of proposals for reducing the financial and administrative burden on the country’s tourism sector. RUTI representatives are members of:

Working Group on Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Business of the Russian State Duma Commission on Measures for Supporting SMEs Coordination Council on Tourism Development in the Russian Federation Supervisory Board of the TourAssist Association Commission of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs on Travel Industry Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Entrepreneurship in Tourism Expert Council under the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Expert Council under the State Duma Committee on Physical Education, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, etc.

This allows for effective support of RUTI initiatives and defending the interests of its members.

  1. Company Promotion

When welcoming a company into its ranks, RUTI gets automatically involved in its promotion in the tourism market and encourages its participation in various projects. RUTI’s reputation as the oldest, largest, and most influential association in tourism helps its members find reliable partners among industry leaders. The RUTI Press Office interviews each new member of the Union. In the interview, you have the opportunity to map the targets and priorities of your company, talk about current projects and competitive advantages. The daily electronic newspaper RATA-news https://ratanews.ru/ publishes information about the company free of charge under the heading “Introducing RUTI members”.

  1. Tourist Product Promotion

In joining RUTI, you become participants in marketing programs to promote the tourism product in the Russian and international markets, and educational and information projects in tourism. Companies that have joined RUTI are given the right to priority placement of their materials on the RUTI website https://www.rostourunion.ru/ and its social media accounts. From the moment of joining, each RUTI member becomes a recipient of a newsletter, which reflects the most relevant and valuable information on main events of the tourism sector, as well as upcoming industry activities. Using emailing, your company also has the opportunity to periodically inform RUTI members directly about your events, projects, or new tourism product.

  1. High Status

The RUTI logo is a quality mark confirming the reliability of your company and its high status in the tourism market. RUTI members have the right to use it:

  • - on the company’s website;
  • - in company’s advertising materials (printed, electronic and other types of media);
  • - in the official documentation;
  • - in business correspondence.
  1. Industry experts

RUTI has 29 active committees and commissions in key areas of tourism and hospitality, and they are chaired by leading industry experts. By joining the Union, a company receives information about its activities in the new conditions directly from the leaders of the travel industry in their segments. Each RUTI member can join any committee or commission according to the profile of its enterprise.

  1. Regions of Russia

RUTI has an extensive network of representative offices in Russian regions and with each of them you can establish mutually beneficial cooperation for the formation of tours and hospitality organization. It is planned to further expand the regional network and open new regional offices and representatives with the participation of local organizations-members of the Union.

  1. Foreign Representative Offices of RUTI

Last April, a network of RUTI representatives in key countries for the Russian market was establıshed and started to work. Their objective is to provide information support, represent the interests of RUTI members abroad, and contribute to the development of mutual tourism between the respective countries.

  1. Legal Assistance

RUTI members receive prompt legal assistance from a team of experienced lawyers and attorneys majoring in tourism and involved in working with members of the Union. There is also a section on the RUTI website where RUTI members receive answers from lawyers to their questions free of charge.

  1. Career within RUTI

The head of an organization being a member of the Union can become a member or head of the RUTI regional office, RUTI committee or commission according to the profile of its enterprise. The head can be elected as a member or head of the RUTI Expert or Regional Council, vice-president or president of the Union.

  1. System of Privileges

RUTI members receive discounts on participation in many business activities, like conferences, seminars, or familiarization tours, which are organized with the support of the Union. RUTI is an organizer, co-organizer, or partner of many federal and regional events related to the tourism industry: Intourmarket, MITT, Balttour, Intourfest, INWETEX – CIS Travel Market, etc. RUTI members have the opportunity to use a system of discounts, preferences, and other privileges for participation in these exhibitions and posting their materials. RUTI members can benefit from discounts, bonuses, and other special offers when working with tour operators, hotels, media, transport, and other companies belonging to RUTI.

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