“The historical, cultural and climatic specifics of this zone will allow us to provide various tourism products in different combinations,” said Oleg Safonov
ST. PETERSBURG, June 18. / TASS /. Arctic tourism in the Russian north can in the future provide income no less than mining, said Oleg Safonov, head of the Federal Tourism Agency. He announced this at a conference on international cooperation in the Arctic under the SPIEF.
“Arctic tourism should become a major sector of the Russian economy. It can be comparable in income with mining,” said the head of Rostourism.
“The historical, cultural, and climatic specifics of this zone will allow us to provide various tourism products in different combinations,” Safonov said. In addition, in his opinion, there are “excellent prerequisites for the development of the territory, the construction of new tourist infrastructure facilities.”
In the Russian Arctic, tourists can be offered an exotic holiday with riding reindeer and dog sledding, sports, extreme tourism, ecological tours, watching animals in their natural habitat. Of great interest to modern travelers, according to the head of Rostourism, can be the traditional way of life, holidays and rites of the indigenous peoples of the Far North.
The prospects of Arctic tourism, as Safonov noted, can be judged by international experience and by the pilot Russian project of visiting Franz Joseph Land. The total number of tourists there is still small, but interest in this tour is growing. In 2014, 790 tourists visited the archipelago, and in 2015, about 1300 people from 46 countries.
“This is a very expensive tour, but it is popular. It is necessary to develop a proposal in this area,” the head of the Federal Tourism Agency said. According to him, the potential of this territory for receiving tourists is about 80 thousand people a year, but to achieve this indicator it is necessary to solve a number of problems in the field of transport support and the border crossing regime.