In Moscow, the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation (FEDC) during a strategic session supported by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, discussed common approaches and management practices for the development of the tourism industry in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District and the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation. The session was attended by representatives of the Federal Agency for Tourism, the Russian Union of Tourism Industry, federal and regional authorities, as well as the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI), tour operators and the international auditing company PwC. The Murmansk region was presented by the chairman of the regional committee for tourism, Aleksandr Eliseev.

The director of practices of ANO ASI Alexander Pirozhenko told the participants of the event about the basic digital infrastructure for the selection, refinement and replication of regional practices - the unique Smarttek platform. The pilot testing of the project was successful, literally in a year it was possible to build an exchange of effective practices in 79 regions, and now the Agency for Strategic Initiatives has moved on to a more systematic replication of best practices. For example, in the Republic of Buryatia, useful solutions are being introduced in the field of volunteering, education, medicine, tourism and improving the investment climate. The ASI representative invited representatives of the regions to more actively share successful practices in the field of tourism.

Mikhail Bazhenov, partner of the PwC Practice for the provision of financial advisory services and infrastructure projects, presented an investment platform for the development of tourism infrastructure in the Far East and the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation, which is being developed with the assistance of the FEDC and will soon be presented for discussion. Currently, research is being carried out in 18 subjects of the macroregions to form a comprehensive strategic document aimed at increasing the investment and tourist attractiveness of the eastern and northern territories of Russia.

Representatives of regional authorities shared their experience of successful implementation of projects in the field of tourism. Alexander Eliseev, Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Murmansk Region, touched upon the topic of recreational areas and, as an example, cited a natural park near the village of Teriberka, the creation of which is aimed at protecting the territory from spontaneous and uncontrolled tourism. In addition, the region is actively involved in the implementation of projects aimed at the development of domestic tourism, the professional community, and training and certification of guides allows you to bring this business out of the shadows.

Posted by: 06 October 2021