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 188 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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Oleg Ermolaev

Oleg Ermolaev

Minister of Economic Development and Industry of the Republic of Karelia
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04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Destination: all of Russia! The role and challenges of the regions in developing domestic tourism.
If we talk about interregional cooperation, we work with all our neighbors, including the Republic of Finland. Last year we managed to sign two road maps with Northern and Southern Finland, where we agreed to jointly develop tourism. Yes, to some extent we are competitors, but there are points where we can cooperate and attract tourists from other countries to our territory... And of course, we cooperate with our neighbouring regions — Murmansk, Vologda, Leningrad, St. Petersburg. Here, we implement projects along the Silver Necklace of Russia routes. In general, there are two big agglomerations near Karelia: St. Petersburg and Moscow. Obviously, without interregional cooperation it is very difficult to attract tourists and show the good quality of our infrastructure
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Destination: all of Russia! The role and challenges of the regions in developing domestic tourism.
There is a recreational load on Valaam, Kizhi, and Solovki: they have a certain limit to their visitor capacity. And it is very important that we do not harm either our fragile nature, or these unique sites. And here, by extending the tourist routes and territories, it is possible to welcome much more tourists. And that is exactly the way we are going now in Ruskeala: there are new roads, bicycle routes, walking trails, which allows to spread the people all around this beautiful territory
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Destination: all of Russia! The role and challenges of the regions in developing domestic tourism.
We need to build new hotels. At times we can not accommodate all the tourists who want to come to the Republic of Karelia. At this point, the summer is practically sold out, it is very difficult to find lodging. We are developing glamping, campsites where people can feel comfortable
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Destination: all of Russia! The role and challenges of the regions in developing domestic tourism.
Last year was quite difficult in this regard (in terms of attracting tourists to the Republic of Karelia — ed.), and foreign tourists did not show up. They account for about 15% of all tourists coming to our region. Yet even so, with all the current restrictions, we showed an increase in tourist traffic in 2020
04.06.2021
SPIEF 2021
Destination: all of Russia! The role and challenges of the regions in developing domestic tourism.
Last year we added a number of infrastructural elements: we launched a new air terminal, a modern air terminal complex, and now Karelia has become even closer and more accessible. We are launching new flights. Today we fly to Kazan, to Kaliningrad, we have daily flights to Moscow, and the number of flights is increasing. Of course, the pandemic made some changes: for instance, we were planning to launch a flight to Helsinki last year too. But we are increasing the number of flights since last year