#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Norilsk Development Agency (NDA), tour operators and other representatives of small and medium-sized businesses of the Arctic tourism and recreation cluster took part in the 28th International Tourism Exhibition MITT 2022. It was held at the Crocus Expo IEC in Moscow from March 15 to 17.
At the exhibition stand of the Arctic cluster, tourism products were presented focused on a variety of guests – both summer and winter. These are trips by land, water and air: hiking and snowmobile routes, helicopter tours, rafting and comfortable river cruises.
Those who wish to enjoy the views of picturesque waterfalls, deep canyons and pristine lakes surrounded by mountains without peaks, and at the same time feel like the pioneers of the Arctic, are welcome to the Putorana plateau and the no less beautiful Anabar plateau.
Tours with visits to real ethnic camps and remote villages are suitable for everyone who is interested in getting to know the original culture of the Taimyr indigenous peoples.
Taimyr allows you to close a variety of tourist gestalts, such as catching the northern lights, seeing the site of a giant meteorite fall, photographing arctic animals in their natural habitat or even getting to the North Pole.
Tour operators from Norilsk and Hatanga, local historians from the Taimyr Explorers Club, employees of the Norilsk Development Agency, the Taimyr Reserves directorate and the Norilsk Tourism Development Center presented the possibilities of the tourist cluster to guests and participants of the largest tourist exhibition in Russia and an international business platform.
The masters of the Taimyr House of Folk Art and the Dudinka City Center of Folk Art set a special mood for the exhibition stand.
“Participation in the exhibition will undoubtedly give an additional impetus to the development of tourism in Taimyr, will contribute to the experience exchange, the establishment of useful business contacts, an increase in the tourist flow and increase the tourist cluster recognition”, said Anastasia Korol, deputy director of the NDA for tourism development.
Recall that the tourist and recreational cluster Arctic was created on the initiative of the NDA in 2018. Today, the tourist cluster unites the Taimyr peninsula, the cities of Norilsk and Dudinka, numerous Taimyr settlements and Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. This area of almost 900 thousand square meters is one of the most inaccessible in the world, but with huge tourism potential.
Now the tourist cluster implements about 70 investment projects. An impetus was given to the development of ethnographic, adventure, sports, event, gastronomic, cruise, and industrial tourism.
At the beginning of 2022, the NDA, in cooperation with partners, completed work on a large system document – the master plan for the Arctic TRC, which contains, among other things, data on the permissible anthropological load on the fragile nature of the Arctic and requirements for infrastructure facilities, involves the introduction of the Taimyr Hospitality voluntary certification system, which will improve the quality of tourism services.
In 2021, compared to 2020, the tourist flow to Taimyr increased by 70 percent – from 5 600 to 9 600 tourists. This year, Taimyr is expecting 11 000 guests. The investments volume in the tourist cluster has grown from 4.5 billion rubles in 2020 to 5.3 billion in 2021. The expected volume of investments by the end of 2022 is 6 billion rubles.
Text: Ekaterina Maksimova, Photos: Alena Hakuy, Nikolay Shchipko, Olga Alexandrova, Alexander Zheleznyak and Taimyr Reserves directorate