A city may well be a tourist destination, but to increase tourist flow, infrastructure needs to be developed
Cities become tourist products in their own right. In other words, we come to a city to stroll around and enjoy it, to go to a restaurant and try the local cuisine, to visit museums that tell the story of this particular area. It is by building such tourist city centres that the framework for growth of small and medium-sized businesses is created — Zarina Doguzova, Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism.
When tourists come here, they want to visit attractions all over the republic. As of now, we have made provisions in the master plan for investment and creation of tourist centres all through the republic, in the most interesting spots — Oleg Khorokhordin, Head of the Altai Republic.
The description of this conference said that by growing tourism we are improving ease of travel among and within the regions. But I beg to differ; I think it is somewhat the other way around. If there is no infrastructure, there is no tourism and that is why it is so important to focus on <...> the infrastructure master plan <...> If there is no infrastructure, as we see in Kamchatka where there is practically no airport, it is nearly impossible to develop the tourist industry on the scale that the region requires — Alexis Delaroff, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Russia, Georgia, Ukraine & the CIS.