ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Arctic reserves and national parks have agreed with tour operators to stimulate the demand for tourism in specially protected natural areas (SPNA), since Russians are interested in such recreation.
Interfax reports this with reference to the deputy director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Sphere of Protected Areas Development of the Ministry of Natural Resources Alexey Tihnenko. Speaking at a meeting in the Federation Council, the minister noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources, represented by nature reserves and national parks, has concluded agreements with tour operators and travel agents.
“In total, we have 88 agreements with travel companies in the Arctic direction, more than 230 agreements in the direction of the Far Eastern Federal District (FEFD). In the course of interaction, we see the highest interest among our citizens in visiting protected areas in the Arctic and the FEFD”, Tihnenko said.
He cited figures: within the national project Ecology framework by 2024, in protected areas it is necessary to increase the tourists flow to 10.3 million people, but already last year these figures were exceeded to 14 million.
In the next three years, 5.1 billion rubles will be allocated for the development of tourism infrastructure in protected areas, in 2023 – at least 1.4 billion. In addition, due to the new law on tourism in specially protected natural areas, risks for investment activities in the field of infrastructure development in protected areas will be removed from September. The Ministry of Natural Resources expects that this will make it possible to build facilities not only at the expense of the federal budget, but also from extrabudgetary sources.
Text: Elena Popova, Photo: editorial archive