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Zarina Doguzova

Zarina Doguzova

Head, Russian Federal Agency for Tourism (2019-2022)
Quotes
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Travelling to the East: Opportunities for Investors and Tourists
Cashback is on the rise all over the country. Almost 7 billion roubles were spent on tours and bookings, and the amount of the cashback itself almost reached 1.5 billion roubles. There has been an increase in the amount of cashback for the Far East. If we decide to continue this kind of support measure for the Far East as part of the tour package, we should not increase the cap on cashback to 40 thousand [maximum – Ed], but to 40% of [the cost of the tour – Ed]. <...> We need to fine-tune the programme for the Far East. I think many of my colleagues will support me in this
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Travelling to the East: Opportunities for Investors and Tourists
This year a new measure of support was launched: an attractive downtown. Vladivostok's application won. I want to congratulate my colleagues, they received 200 million roubles. We expect that Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky will join the project, which allows to create a comfortable, convenient, interesting environment in the city centre, where small and medium-sized businesses in tourism – from restaurants to hotels and private museums – start to develop
06.09.2022
EEF 2022
Travelling to the East: Opportunities for Investors and Tourists
The Far East as a whole is recovering [after the pandemic – Ed.] at the same active pace as the traditionally most popular destinations. This year we will reach the level of 2020 figures in the Far East, even exceed these numbers somewhere. <...> The potential in the Far East is 2–3 times higher. We work together with the Ministry of Economic Development, and we expect that tourism will definitely take its place as one of the drivers, as one of the new accents in this new economic model
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Tourism: New Trends, New Opportunities, New Routes
The most important thing we could do is support investment in tourism within the country. [...] We have to make tourism attractive and profitable for investment. There are three key areas for work, which, in general, are the same as always. We will continue to reduce the tax burden. This year’s revolutionary decision – zero VAT for hotels and hotel services – comes into force as of 1 July, but we believe that... we need to continue to reduce the tax burden. The next thing is to have cheap, long-term loans for investors who want to build hotels. It’s a programme that started at the end of last year.  […] And the third thing... helping businesses extend the season
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Tourism: New Trends, New Opportunities, New Routes
We need to build new transport corridors, make new decisions – we are working with the Ministry of Transport here to create a large federal network of multimodal routes in order to expand logistically and help people travel more conveniently. [...] Restrictions on entry and exit... here, too, we need to look for new partnership corridors, build new partnerships with countries that are willing to develop tourism on a mutually beneficial basis. [...] We need to keep upgrading the tourism infrastructure at existing resorts, and we need new, modern hotels – in general, we need to increase hotel capacity by at least two hundred percent. Besides that, we definitely need to create new resorts – seaside resorts more than anything else. [...] We need completely new, modern resorts that meet the requirements of the modern tourist – first and foremost, of course, those looking for a comfortable family holiday. This is a very big, global task, which could take up to 10 years on average. There are such promising territories – on the Caspian Sea and in southern Russia. We will talk to the leadership of the country. And there has to be the creation of a new, big federal sea resort. [...] We need to set up new international corridors and bring in foreign tourists... to launch a single electronic visa regime for 52 countries... we don’t think that there are currently any obstacles standing in the way of… launching this single electronic visa... And the second thing for international tourism, which we will focus on, is very active marketing, active promotion... starting from this year, we will launch a big advertising campaign in a number of Middle Eastern countries for the very first time
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Tourism: New Trends, New Opportunities, New Routes
The infrastructure can’t support the number of people who want to holiday within the country. [...] In terms of quality holidays... there is a lack of modern tourism infrastructure. There are logistical limitations
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Tourism: New Trends, New Opportunities, New Routes
The structure of consumption [in tourism in Russia – Ed.] is changing, we have a concentration of demand within the country,
16.06.2022
SPIEF 2022
Tourism: New Trends, New Opportunities, New Routes
I would very much like to see our country’s new economic development model also emphasize non-resource sectors of the economy, and tourism could drive development in a major way. […] I am convinced that tourism is a key non-resource industry with the potential to drive the development of this new model of economic development in our country. […] Tourism increases jobs more than anything else... tourism is about the development of territories, about regional economies
03.09.2021
EEF 2021
The Sanitary Shield. How to Prevent New Pandemics
Following Rospotrebnadzor’s recommendations, we are gradually moving towards lifting the restrictions. We resumed flights to Turkey which is one of the most popular destinations with our people. Egypt is gradually starting up – this is also a result of our tight collaboration. <…> It is our first experience of close collaboration. For me, it has been a positive experience. Of course, we want more, and we talk on the phone with Ms. Popova (Anna Popova, Head of the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing – Chief State Sanitary Physician of the Russian Federation) to share information, I tell her that we have certain destinations and obligations to our citizens. We want tour operators to comply with their commitments as much as possible, so that people could go on holiday. It is great that there is a close professional dialogue
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Tourism: A New Era of Hospitality
A master plan gives an investor an understanding of the strategic development of the territory and an understanding of investment lots
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Tourism: A New Era of Hospitality
There are three key sets of problems (in cruise tourism – ed. note): legal and regulatory framework (we have 41 regulations and practically every one of them needs revising) <...> The second set consists of infrastructure: that includes wharfs and rest areas, and it is the shortage of wharf infrastructure that does not allow us to build one-week tours, for instance (an average cruise is one week all over the world, but ours are two weeks). <...> The third set of problems includes promotion, marketing, and demand generation
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Tourism: A New Era of Hospitality
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
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Tourism: A New Era of Hospitality
We <...> had an anchor goal: to create such an environment that businesses (large, small and medium-sized) would find tourism investment profitable. Because, if businesses do not invest in tourism, if it does not become profitable, we would not, of course, be able to build a hospitality industry in the country since, as everyone knows, tourism is a private enterprise everywhere in the world
02.09.2021
EEF 2021
Tourism: A New Era of Hospitality
We really do have such a tool as the ‘Master Plan for the Most Promising and Popular Territories’ incorporated into the National Tourism Project. <...> What is a territorial tourism project? It’s not just a strategic document; it is a document that will let us analyse and assess tourism potential in each territory in depth and use all regions as efficiently as possible, <...>, build new investment lots, and plan tourism growth in these territories as well and as wisely as possible
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
Tourism infrastructure is the foundation for creating a comfortable social environment in territories and cities as well as a comfortable life for local residents. We have everything here: transport, energy, ecology, medicine, safety, tidying up the appearance of historical centres, trade, and, of course, a huge number of jobs
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
Tourism cashback is still operating in somewhat of an anti-crisis mode this year. Starting next year, it will also become more focused, concentrated, and targeted and work specifically to support the offseason. In addition to an important social mission, tourism cashback has a very important economic objective – to expand the wings of the season
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
Through grant support, we would like to support small projects that are of great importance to millions of travellers [...] Going forward, at the expense of grants, we will be ready to support the development of modular hotels – camping, car campsites, glamping, various observation platforms, and sanitary zones along the routes
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
The second instrument is preferential loans for investors to build new modern hotel facilities. This is a support measure that we will launch this year [...] We would like to support natural and resort areas using the interest rate
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
The first instrument that we are introducing into the national project is the creation of a concept for the country’s development and the master planning of a high-quality territory, clusters, and the resorts that we will create. We also face the task of making a tourism master plan for the whole country for which we will have to complete a preliminary version by the end of this year. It will be a conceptual document in which all the key points of tourism development will be interconnected
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
We are seeing a huge shortage of high-quality modern hotels, with the possible exception of Sochi. Almost the entire Krasnodar Territory is experiencing an acute shortage of such hotels, as is the entire Crimean Peninsula, where there are very few hotels with the high quality of service that our tourists want to receive today. And, of course, such popular destinations as Altai, Baikal, the Russian North, and Karelia – an appropriate price-quality ratio is not taking hold there precisely because there are not enough high-quality modern hotels
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
All our efforts and instruments of the national project will be focused on ensuring that our infrastructure works year-round. We will strive to be year-round in order to overcome the seasonal factor and the low income of investors associated with this seasonality, which in turn directly affects the quality of service, the level of remuneration, and the prestige of working in the tourism industry [...] Investors are much more willing to build hotels in business centres, where there is still a clear-cut seasonal fluctuation
05.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
‘Tourism and the Hospitality Industry’: New Investment and Technological Opportunities for the Sector
For the first time in the industry, we now have a system of instruments, not one, not two, but several groups of interrelated state support measures, which I am certain will allow us to correct mistakes, build up the industry, and make tourism become an important non-resource sector of the economy that generates huge socioeconomic effects for our country and directly affects the quality of life of our citizens
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
The Character of a City Defined by Urban Habits
The borders are getting blurred today. Travel, vacation, and leisure can mean completely different things. Today a vacation is not necessarily a two-week trip to the beach. It can be a short, atmospheric trip to a neighboring city, it can be a weekend spent in your own city
05.09.2019
EEF 2019
The Environment in the Far East: Current Objectives and Long-Term Prospects
If we want to turn ecotourism into a profitable industry, we need to create a whole system of relations between the government and business, between business, national parks and appropriate ministries and agencies. Because the market of ecotourism has no rules now
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Exploring the Far East: New Business Opportunities in Tourism
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
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Exploring the Far East: New Business Opportunities in Tourism
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
04.09.2019
EEF 2019
Exploring the Far East: New Business Opportunities in Tourism
Environmental tourism is one of our priorities <…> This potential is evidently underused
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Key Principles for Establishing Tourist and Recreational Zones
We can clearly feel the low level of informedness, for example, about the electronic visa regime. <…> Until the electronic visa regime works throughout the territory of the country, we need to selectively build awareness on the target markets, so that as many tourists from all over the world as possible learn that some regions already introduced the electronic visa regime. The problem is that Russia is still seen as a closed country visa-wise
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Key Principles for Establishing Tourist and Recreational Zones
If we look at the statistics on e-visas and visa-free regime, the figures are very different. In the Primorsky Territory, after the introduction of the electronic visa, compared to 2017, the tourist inflow grew by 28%; and the tourist traffic from the South Korea (with the visa-free regime) increased by 134%
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Key Principles for Establishing Tourist and Recreational Zones
Visa is one of the main restrictions, although not the only one. <…> Now, at a relatively high level, we are discussing the question of lifting the visa restriction; we have a corresponding instruction by the President. <…> A working group has been created, and it became a platform for the weekly discussion of this issue. In fact, we have reached the final stages of discussion, and we hope that in the nearest future a positive decision will be made and in 12 to 18 months the electronic visa regime will function in the entire territory of the country
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Discovering Harmony With the Planet and Understanding Global Trends in Ecotourism
When considering the involvement of business – some kind of public-private partnership – then of course we need to first think about ways to remove the restrictions set out in law
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Discovering Harmony With the Planet and Understanding Global Trends in Ecotourism
There are things which restrict us: the frequent lack of infrastructure, logistics, and accessibility by transport
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Discovering Harmony With the Planet and Understanding Global Trends in Ecotourism
In total, we have 12,000 specially protected natural areas, and we know that access to them is restricted. The legislative measures are indeed very tough. So, it is virtually impossible under the current circumstances to involve business and attract private investment
06.06.2019
SPIEF 2019
Discovering Harmony With the Planet and Understanding Global Trends in Ecotourism
We are a country boasting inexhaustible natural riches. If I am not mistaken, Russia accounts for 10% of the world’s natural resources. Of course, we are a country with enormous potential for tourism, including nature tourism. And of course, there is work to do in order to make tourism a substantial segment of the economy
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
A Warm Welcome: Opportunities for Great Tourist Discoveries in the Arctic
Working with investors, creating a favorable investment climate. <...> We need to look into the tax incentives that would be possible for a socially responsible business that would be willing to invest in tourism along with the government
10.04.2019
International Arctic Forum 2019
A Warm Welcome: Opportunities for Great Tourist Discoveries in the Arctic
The demand for the Arctic around the world is increasing every year. Unfortunately, Russia remains on the sidelines of this tourist boom. About 4,000 people visited the Russian Arctic zone last year. <...> At the same time, Svalbard is visited by more than 120,000 tourists a year
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
How to Develop Tourism: Changing the Way Investment Decisions in the Sector are Made
You can create a tourism product from Russia that can satisfy any demand as a promising unique tourist destination
14.02.2019
Russian Investment Forum 2019
How to Develop Tourism: Changing the Way Investment Decisions in the Sector are Made
We must not miss out on the wave of the World Cup legacy. These opportunities need to be used in the most concentrated way possible