A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Погружение в Дальний Восток. Новые возможности для бизнеса в сфере туризма

KEY CONCLUSIONS

Tourism is one of the leading industries in the Far East economy

 “Tourism in the Far East is growing rapidly. <…> Growth rate in the past year amounted to 22.6% <…> Making the Far East more accessible for both Russians and foreign guests is a primary task we set for ourselves. We need the tour flow to grow at least fivefold,” Olga Golodets — Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

“International tourism takes the third place after chemicals and petroleum. <…> In terms of growth rates, the Far East is number one, outperforming such successful regions as Moscow, St. Petersburg, or Sochi,” Olga Arkhangelskaya — Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction Services, Head of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Government, and Public Group in the CIS, EY

The Far East is becoming more attractive for foreign carriers and tour operators

“Vladivostok is the nearest foreign city to Tokyo <…> Our company becomes a locomotive <…> for the transport development of the Far East,” Ueki Yoshiharu — Representative Director, Chairman, Japan Airlines

“The economic sector we approached last year is cruising <…> Vladivostok should be a part of it too,” Choi SeungHwan — Chief Executive Officer, Hanchang Co., Ltd


PROBLEMS

Lack of infrastructural development

“What matters most is that we increase accessibility of the national parks, reserves, and historical points of interest so that the tourism becomes substantial,” Olga Golodets — Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

“Lack of ports of call in Asia <…> is a problem that starts affecting the market dynamics,” Valeriy Nagorny — General Director, Vladivostok Sea Terminal

“Airports should welcome long range flights <…> cruise ships have to get serviced somewhere <…> We need to untangle customs and military issues <…> reasonable compromise between safety and tourism development still hasn’t been found,” Sergey Bachin — General Director, Roza Khutor

“Checkpoints at peak hours are (overloaded – Ed.) far beyond their planned capacity. On-land is our priority for quite some time now,” Konstantin Shestakov — Director of Tourism Department, Administration of the Primorsky Krai

Low quality of service

“Rich tourists want to come here but there’s no places for them to spend money at <…> That’s a problem,” Choi SeungHwan — Chief Executive Officer, Hanchang Co., Ltd

“There are common problems, like launching individual training programmes for interpreters in Kamchatka and Sakhalin,” Valeriy Nagorny — General Director, Vladivostok Sea Terminal

Lack of organized promotion for the Far East as a brand

“There’s no centralized promo campaign, no content, no strategy (for the Far East – Ed.) apart from typical clichés,” Taras Demura — General Director, TUI Russia

“The problem is that the Russian Far East brand is completely unknown in North America,” Mark Dudley — Regional Director, InterPacific Aviation and Marketing, Inc.

“Environmental tourism is one of our priorities <…> This potential is evidently underused,” Zarina Doguzova — Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism

Imperfection of state support

“State support matters. Right now, it’s very convoluted, there’s too many aspects that don’t help but rather get in the way,” Olga Tkacheva — Deputy General Director for Strategic Development and Marketing, Flotiliya

Expensive air travel for Russian tourists

“Without additional state support we can’t provide access because it’s just too far away. The price of a plane ticket matters, we need to support and subsidize that. Many airports (of the Far East – Ed.) are closed tonight <…> and that primarily hits the charter flight operators. They need coverage <…> to briung the costs down <…> One of our more focused tasks is to take off this edge,” Evgeniy Chudnovskiy — Director General, Airports of Regions 

 

SOLUTIONS

Optimizing state support

“We’re coming up with a new business development strategy, where the Far East plays a special role. We’re going to allocate federal funding to support a whole number of projects in the Far East,” Olga Golodets — Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

“Our brand-new approach is to send as much federal funding as possible to the investment project that are supposed to directly influence the development of tourism in our country,” Zarina Doguzova — Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism

“There’s an entire array of support measures <…> that influence tourism. They include simplified visa procedures for citizens of 19 countries, subsidizing flights to the Far East, nulled profit tax for hotels, advanced social economic zones and the free port regimens, package tours to the Far East,” Olga Arkhangelskaya — Partner, Head of Real Estate, Hospitality, and Construction Services, Head of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Government, and Public Group in the CIS, EY

“Pretty much every region has an export centre <…> on the local level to support small companies together with tourist ministries,” Roman Glushak — Head, Representative Office in the Far East Federal District, Russian Export Centre

Update the infrastructure

“General country-wide development plans include reconstruction for nearly all airports in the Far East <…> In the next 2 to 3 years the Far East will see its airport infrastructure increase dramatically,” Evgeniy Chudnovskiy — Director General, Airports of Regions

“It’s important to build in clusters in the Far East. <…> As an infrastructure company that also builds, we are ready to invest but only in public-private partnership,” Alexander Romanov — Executive Director, Infrastructure Financing Division, VTB Capital

“Apart from being a tourism commodity, the infrastructure protects the ecosystem <…> We’re trying to create an infrastructure that can accommodate countless number of tourists without damaging the environment,” — Sergei Aramilev, General Director, Amursky Tigr Centre

Using digital technology to promote the region

“We have very particular plans to transform the industry digitally based on the available resources <…> Before we create convenient quality digital content about the country everything is going to be very difficult,” Zarina Doguzova — Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism

“Digital technologies in tourism is an area where Russia can win very quickly. It’s a continuous work with the society and there are competences and resources for it,” Alexander Idrisov — President, Founder, Strategy Partners Group

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