Andrey Ignatyev

President of Russian Union of Travel Industry, Russian Federation

Participation in the events

Track: 8. Culture. Education. Sport. Tourism
Discussion session

8.6. Electronic Visa: International Background, Prospects, Opportunities


Thursday, May 20, 13:45 - 14:45

Channel 4


Place of birth: MOSCOW

Date of birth: 06/12/1964


1987 – graduated Moscow State Aviation University as Mechanical Engineer;

2011 – received PhD in economics

Professional experience:

1990 – 1996 – cofounder and director of group of tourist companies

1996 – 1997 – Adviser to the Chairman of the State Committee of the Russian Federation for Physical Education and Tourism

1997 – 1998 – General Representative of the GFCT of Russia in the USA. Director of the Russian National Tourist Office in the USA

1998 – 2000 – General Director of the Russian Tourism Company with the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Physical Education, Sports and Tourism;

2006 – 2012 – Consultant to Russian company VFS Russia

2012 – 2018 – Business Consultant to global international company VFS Global.

2012 – 2018 — business advisor to VFS Global.

March 2020 – present — president of Russian Union of Travel Industry.


1995–2009 headed some of the largest non-commercial organizations in the Russian tourism industry (NTA, ASTOR, ATOR and etc). As a member of a council of experts took part in the creation of the law regulating tourism.


For participation in the creation of a regulatory framework for the tourism industry has twice been awarded Certificates of Merit by the Russian Parliament and by the Russian Tourism Agency. He has also received a commemorative medal from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


In 2012, Mr. Ignatyev founded the international volunteer initiative