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5 August 2019

EEF Magazine considers tourism in the Russian Far East

Tourism will become a priority in the economic development of the Russian Far East according to the National Programme for the Development of the Russian Far East until 2025, which is expected to be signed in September of this year at EEF. Which are the most promising types of tourism? EEF 2019 Magazine finds out.

Recently, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law into effect that sets regulations for foreign tourist vessels entering ports in the Arctic zone and the Far East Federal District. In 2019, Vladivostok’s port will be visited by 16 cruise ships, one of which — the Costa Venezia — will be in port during the Eastern Economic Forum.

This new law is further proof that the government is taking the development of the macro-region’s tourism industry seriously. The government has set aside RUB 7.8 billion towards these goals and drew up the federal programme ‘Development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Russian Federation for 2019—2025,’ paying particular attention to the Far East Federal District.

Investors have already been found for the construction of several European-class ski resorts. Gorny Vozdukh resort will be constructed in Sakhalin and, in 2024, Kamchatka will see its first guests to the Three Volcanoes resort — an analogue to Sochi’s Rosa Khutor.

Of course, the million foreign tourists visiting the Russian Far East last year is almost nothing compared to the 40 million that visited Turkey. However, the money that guests of the two destinations are ready to spend are also not comparable. The Russian Far East is visited by ‘winter surfing’ aficionados, divers of all types, audacious skiers and snowboarders, and office workers seeking cross-country off-road motorcycle experiences. In other words, the Far East Federal District is popular with tourists involved with extreme recreation; these kinds of experiences are not cheap. A week-long heli-ski tour to Kamchatka costs around RUB 200–250 thousand, not including travel to the destination. And that’s cheaper than the same trip in Canada, the birthplace of this non-traditional ski experience.

What other areas of tourism are Far Eastern governments planning to develop? What do local entrepreneurs and residents think about this type of tourism? Who do they expect to see on their Far Eastern shores? Find out all this and more in the EEF Magazine article ‘Extreme Far East’.
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