Tourism in Yakutia

Tourism in Yakutia

ⓘ Tourism in Yakutia

In 1965, the Yakutsk Regional Council for Tourism and Excursions was formed.

At the beginning of Perestroika, inbound tourism developed due to the interest of foreign citizens. At this time, there were up to 1,800 arrivals per year, but then the flow was reduced to 60 arrivals. After the decline in the inbound tourist flow, the volume began to increase again, and in 2002, 530 inbound tourists visited Yakutia. The largest number was from Japan, Germany, USA, Switzerland, France.

In 2003, the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia of November 20, 2003 No. 718 "On the Concept of Tourism Development in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia" was adopted.

In 2009, the Resolution of the Government of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia of May 27, 2009 No. 236 was adopted "On the Strategy for the Development of the Tourism Industry in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia until 2025 and On the Concept of Establishing a Special Economic Zone of Tourist and Recreational Type in the Republic Sakha Yakutia ".

In 2011, the implementation of the Northern Mosaic tourism and recreation cluster was included in the system of measures of the Federal target program "Development of domestic and inbound tourism of the Russian Federation 2011 - 2018" in order to create a support base for sustainable development of domestic and inbound tourism based on the climatic and ethnocultural characteristics of circumpolar civilizations.

In 2015, the national tourist information center "Yakutia" was created, which promotes tourism in the republic through the national tourist portal Russia. ravel, foreign offices of "Visit Russia", and also sells 3 tourist products through the Association of Tour Operators of Russia: "Hospitable Yakutia. Ysyakh Holiday - Yakut New Year", "Amazing Yakutia", "Amazing Yakutia with a visit to sand dunes", approved by the Import Substitution Committee for massive sales through leading travel operators. Also in 2015, the Government of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia and the Federal Agency for Tourism signed a Joint Action Plan for the implementation of the Agreement in the field of tourism, which is aimed at creating tourism infrastructure and promoting tourism products.

Since 2016, Yakutia has been participating in the project of the Federal Agency for Tourism "National system of training and advanced training of tourism industry specialists", within which both full-time and distance learning are carried out. Also in 2016, representatives of the republic became winners of the professional competition of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation "Best in the tourism industry profession" in the nominations "Best employee of the hotel/other accommodation facility reception and accommodation service" and "Best manager for inbound and domestic tourism".

In 2017, the Decree of the Head of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia dated December 15, 2017 No. 2279 "On the state program of the Republic of Sakha Yakutia" Development of the creative economy and tourism in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia for 2018 - 2022 "was issued.

Industry Profile

The domestic tourism market in Yakutia is seasonal. In late winter - early spring, consumer demand for weekend programs increases, with visits to tourist sites in the vicinity of Yakutsk and adjacent uluses. the peak is at the end of March. The summer season is the most massive in the domestic tourist market, during which city dwellers purchase cruise and other tourist programs on the Lena River and other rivers of the republic. Peak in July and early August. 70% of the tourist flow is in the summer months, 10% each in spring, autumn and winter.

The main problem hindering the development of the tourism industry is low transport accessibility. The isolation of the transport networks of Yakutia from the unified transport network of the Russian Federation and high tariffs for air transportation make the republic difficult for mass tourists to access. Many popular tourist sites and events in Yakutia are inaccessible to most potential visitors due to the distance of their location. More than 85% of the territory of Yakutia is accessible exclusively with the use of seasonal modes of transport, promising places for sports, hunting and fishing tourism are available only when flying by helicopter. In this regard, tourism is more developed in the central regions.

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