On June 16, 2020, the first All-Russian competition for the creation of tourist and recreational clusters and the development of ecotourism in Russia was launched. The competition became part of a comprehensive work on the development of ecotourism carried out by the Agency for Strategic Initiatives to address the large-scale tasks of the national project "Ecology" and the Strategy for the Development of Tourism in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2035.
The result of the competition should be the creation of 10 pilot tourist and recreational clusters within the framework of the integrated development of specially protected and adjacent natural areas. The project was supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, and the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation.
The 30 best applications will be selected at a meeting of the competition committee on July 28. Within the framework of the accelerator, they will have the opportunity to develop complex projects of tourist and recreational clusters for the development of ecotourism and then present them at the second stage of the competition. At this stage, the ideas of the inhabitants of the region will be taken into account, which can be left on the crowdsourcing platform. Then, out of 30 entries, 10 winners will be selected. They will be announced on October 16.
To take part in the competition, you need to assemble a team and fill out an application on the official website of the priroda competition. ife until 10 July. The application must contain information about the composition of the team and the project proposed by it - its description and video presentation. The operator of the competition is the Agency for Strategic Development "CENTER".
Regional interdisciplinary teams will participate in the competition. A prerequisite is participation in the team of representatives from the constituent entity of the Russian Federation, the municipality and the budgetary organization that manages the PAs. An additional point will be given to teams that attract entrepreneurs. The membership may also include representatives of organizations providing services in the field of ecological tourism, the creation of tourism infrastructure, members of professional communities and experts in the field of tourism development, as well as interested residents of the region, including students of specialized universities.
At the first stage, the competition committee selects the TOP-30 applications, the teams of which will be able to participate in a specially developed acceleration program.
Sergey Ivanov, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport, Chairman of the Competition Commission:
“The crisis caused by the pandemic and painfully hit many of our traditional ways, at the same time opened a“ window of opportunity ”for ecological tourism in Russia. New ecological routes, which will not only allow you to visit unique natural sites, but also give you the opportunity to see rare representatives of flora and fauna with your own eyes, will undoubtedly enjoy guaranteed success with our citizens. At the same time, tourism is able to give a powerful impetus to the development of the system of specially protected natural areas, to attract large investments in it, first of all, private ones ”.
Dmitry Kobylkin, Minister of Environmental Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, member of the Competition Commission:
“The potential of natural areas creates unique opportunities for the formation of a modern tourist product for the development of domestic and inbound tourism in Russia, contributes to the preservation of cultural and historical objects, is a driver of sustainable socio-economic development of regions. Among the priority measures aimed at the further development of ecotourism, I see ensuring the transport accessibility of protected areas, the creation of tourist infrastructure facilities with the involvement of the local population in the process, and even the creation of a single tour operator for the development of ecotourism on the basis of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia. I am sure that this competition will play a huge role in building up and promoting the potential of natural areas and the development of ecological tourism. "
Zarina Doguzova, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism:
“The active development of domestic tourism creates favorable conditions for investment in infrastructure projects. The introduction of a new model for the development of natural areas will allow all stakeholders to receive a simple and effective plan for standardized actions. Thanks to the competition, the investment attractiveness of the regions will develop, new jobs will be created and support for small and medium-sized businesses working in tourism and related areas will be organized, and the country will receive high-quality tourist facilities. "
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