The tourist information website for the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM - welcome2018.com - is officially up and running.
The website will be the ‘face’ of Russia's to the outside world and will serve as a convenient and informative guide for football fans and tourists from around the planet. Anyone who visits welcome2018.com will be able to plan their travel through Russia in full and learn all the key information about the Russia 2018 Host Cities: transport, hotels, infrastructure and interesting destinations.
The website will show how each of the Russian cities hosting the tournament is unique, how each city has its own history, landmarks, beautiful nature and comfortable conditions for visitors.
Fans and tourists will be able to access travel guides, news, reports and general information on the cities in Russian and in English. The website in another five languages will be launched further down the line.
The website has been assembled with the support of a team at the TASS news agency. The unique design was created and the content component prepared with the assistance of the best professional contributors. The team has taken around 15,000 exclusive photographs of the cities, checked around 4,000 facts and compiled 35 tourist routes for all 11 Russia 2018 Host Cities.
"The name of the website - welcome2018.com - underlines our desire to invite everyone to Russia for a festival of football, for the World Cup," said Vitaly Mutko, Russian Sports Minister. "The website will be a 'window' into Russia's tourist attractions for fans from right around the world, for foreign tourists and Russians alike. The FIFA World Cup will be one of the most important events taking place in our country over the next four years. We're counting on the welcome2018.com website being a key channel of communication as we introduce fans to Russia."
"Our goal is to show the true Russia, which is happy to receive visitors, to show the extremely high quality of organisation going into preparations for the tournament, and to create a resource that will attract more fans than any sporting event in history," said Sergei Mikhailov, director-general of TASS. "We're really pleased that the LOC and the Ministry of Sport chose the TASS news agency to be their partner for what is such an important resource. That shows that we're not the only people who are aware of all the work we've done over the past three years to modernise TASS."