7 ideas for outdoor activities in Russia

Active rest tourism in russia

The rules for the reception and accommodation of guests in the Russian regions were approved by Rospotrebnadzor and Rostourism with the involvement of the industry community and came into force on June 1. The agency's website contains information that helps locally, based on the epidemiological situation, make decisions on the timeliness of opening hotels, hotels, motels, hostels, etc. Not all entities are ready for the beginning of the tourist season yet.

Krasnodar Territory, Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya Polyana

In the Krasnodar Territory on June 21, the quarantine regime was replaced by a high alert regime. From June 27, passenger transport will resume, air flights to Sochi, restaurants with separate entrances, museums (you need to pre-register) and the main attractions of the region, large shopping areas, fitness centers and stadiums for individual training will open.

Children living in the Krasnodar Territory will be able to take advantage of sanatorium treatment from July 1, funiculars and cableways will work from the beginning of July, parks, embankments and beaches will open for walks.

For now, a mandatory requirement for holders of sanatorium vouchers is to have a certificate of the absence of coronavirus: it must be taken immediately before departure, and foreign guests of the region will have to endure a 14-day quarantine. Vacationers are advised to wear protective masks indoors and keep their distance.

Rosa Khutor

Mountain climatic health resort "Rosa Khutor" has opened the embankments of Mzymta and several lifts to the station "Rosa Peak" for walks at an altitude of 2300 m, equipment rental and parking have been started. The information center "Active Rest" has started to work again, where you can order excursions or hikes of varying difficulty, join a group of Nordic walking. The zone of the Mendelikha waterfalls and several other cable cars are in a high degree of readiness.

To stay at the Rosa Khutor resort, you need a certificate that the vacationer has no COVID, as well as a two-week isolation before the start of the holiday.

Krasnaya Polyana

From June 8, 2020, individual and collective walks in the mountains, walks along the embankments are available, several beaches and cafes are open. Fans of skiing holidays are given the opportunity to descend from a height of 2200 m in the "Circus" ski zone, where sufficient snow cover is still preserved. The possibility of booking rooms in hotels and other accommodation points will appear on July 1, the staff of the hotels is already working in full mode.

Kaliningrad region

The best places to stay in Russia

It is difficult to imagine something more complex, heterogeneous and multi-component to describe than the huge immense Russia. Here there is once the capital, but in the strict spirit and refined architecture, the bureaucratic Petersburg remains so to this day. And a wide merchant, always dashingly revelry, still famous for its domes, headed by the bell tower of Ivan the Great, now the capital is Moscow. And the cradle of Russian statehood is the ancient Veliky Novgorod, and the eternally fighting border Pskov, the Volga Yaroslavl, Kazan and the famous "pocket of Russia" - Novgorod Nizhniy. And also the great Siberian expanses with a variety of natural attractions and ancient cities, the seemingly inaccessible Far Eastern limits, so rich in beauty, if and the harsh climate. Russia is so large and diverse that everyone will find something interesting here for themselves.

- interactive exhibits and unusual photo zones

- show of a professional magician on stage

You can also have a birthday, bachelorette party, corporate party and even a date.

Take a break from the bustle of the city, enjoy the virgin nature.

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Excursion and active tours to Karelia without intermediaries.

Karelia 555 is a great tour for relaxation and discovery.

"Kizhi - Valaam - Solovki" - a legendary tour of the main shrines of the north.

"Ladoga Skerries" - author's kayak tour for the whole family.

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Krasnaya Polyana The rules for the reception and accommodation of guests in the Russian regions have been approved by Rospotrebnadzor and Rosturizm with the involvement of the industry community and entered into force on June 1. The website of the departments contains information that helps on the ground, based on the epidemiological situation, to make decisions on the timeliness of opening hotels, hotels, motels, hostels, etc. Not all subjects are ready yet.

The Rating Information Communications Center and the Otdykh v Rossii magazine conducted the fifth annual survey on the development of domestic and inbound tourism, the tourist attractiveness of Russian regions, their tourism potential and popularity among domestic and foreign tourists.

2019 was marked by a number of significant events and HR decisions for the industry.

On February 7, a new head of the Federal Agency for Tourism was appointed. Oleg Safonov was replaced by 33-year-old Zarina Doguzova, who previously held the position of head of the department for support of major international events in the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for public relations and communications.

The new head of the department, who moved in the spring after the Ministry of Economic Development to one of the Moscow City towers, began to form a team and work on a new tourism development strategy. During the year, the deputy heads of Rostourism Nikolai Korolev and Alexei Konyushkov lost their posts. Several advisors were appointed. Natalya Osipova, who previously worked in a managerial position at the TUI tour operator and for several years headed the Tourism Agency of the Sakhalin Region, became responsible for the development of tourism in the regions. It is expected that the staff of Rostourism will be significantly updated.

Ilya Klochkov, Director of the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, who was appointed in March 2019, did not stay in his post either. Now acting head of the department Anton Betin, financier, adviser to the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

On the initiative of the head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova, in October, at a regular meeting of the Supervisory Board of the Association "Association of Tour Operators in the Field of Outbound Tourism" TURPOMOSCH ", it was decided to strengthen the Supervisory Board's control over the use of the Association's funds in the powers and amounts that he can spend on his activities.

In April 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets held the first meeting of the Coordinating Council for Tourism Development under the Government of the Russian Federation in a new composition. In addition to officials and representatives of the tourism industry, it also includes members of the children's tourism corps, which this year ceased its activities. Then there were several more meetings. On December 4, during a meeting of the Corps Council, First Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mikhail Babich announced plans to subsidize the infrastructure in the regions. From 2020, the tourism program will be included in the state program "Economic Development and Innovative Economy". In 2020, 4.8 billion rubles will be allocated from the budget for the infrastructure of complex investment projects, 10 billion rubles in 2021 and 9.8 billion rubles in 2022.

On September 20, by order of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, the "Strategy for the development of tourism in the Russian Federation for the period up to 2035" was approved - a document that the tourism industry has been waiting for since the beginning of the year.

The Strategy provides for the comprehensive development and improvement of tourist areas, including the development of tourist, communal and transport infrastructure, construction and reconstruction of main infrastructure facilities, the formation of a tourist product taking into account the natural, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Russian regions.

The target indicators of tourism development specified in the strategy, which the authorities intend to achieve by 2035, are quite ambitious: an increase in the volume of the tourism industry from 3158 billion rubles to 16.306 billion rubles; more than doubling the number of domestic tourist trips per one resident of Russia; an increase in the export of tourism services from 8.9 billion to 28.6 billion US dollars; an increase in investment in tourism by three times.

Bashkiria: horseback riding

Bashkiria is the land of nomads. Horses for them are not only transport, but also clothing, food, and an object of worship. The Bashkirs believe that the great-great-grandfather of modern horses appeared from under the water, and they tell legends about magic horses that do not drown, do not burn and fly across the sky. It is worth going to Bashkiria to see horses in their natural environment and to feel the spirit of horse riding where it is a part of life. Rocky mountains and soulful conversations under the stars are included.

The brave dive into Bashkiria headlong - go on a horse trek. Even if you haven't sat in the saddle before, in a week you will masterfully gallop your horse and skillfully brew tea with Ural herbs. However, it is not necessary to switch to a nomadic lifestyle: you can learn horseback riding by stopping at a camp site. The Sukhov Klyuch camp offers horseback riding to the tiny Witch's Lake and other environs. From "Malinovka" one day they climb Mount Malinovaya or Yalangas, and in the evening of a long day they relax in a bath.

North Ossetia: climbing Kazbek

Kazbek, though lower than Elbrus, is also a legendary five-thousander. Do you remember in Lermontov's "Demon": "Kazbek, like the edge of a diamond, shone with eternal snows"? And about the Terek, which “howls, wild and vicious” in the valley at its foot? Many people dream of seeing the two-headed peak of Kazbek, but aerobatics is to climb.

Kazbek rises on the border of Georgia and Russia, and climb it from both sides. The Russian route begins in the Karmadon Gorge (also called the Genaldon Gorge), where you can cheer yourself up with a dip in the hot mineral springs. The climb itself is not difficult by sports standards, but still requires good physical shape and knowledge of mountaineering techniques. The instructor will help to compensate for the lack of preparation: before an organized ascent, they teach how to safely walk on stones and snow, climb a rope, handle an ice ax, and also other subtleties. The optimal time for climbing is from the end of June to the end of September, but tourists are not insured against snowfalls, fogs and strong winds even in the middle of summer. The Caucasus Mountains are full of character.

Karelia: kayaking trip

Water trips fascinated our parents and even grandparents. Do you have a photo of you sailing in a kayak at the age of five, proudly clutching an oar? Since then, boats and equipment have become more technologically advanced and lighter, and it is a pleasure to ride them. And the places in high esteem are still the same. Water tourists still love Karelia - for the beauty of the landscape, mushrooms, berries and, most importantly, countless rivers and lakes.

There are more than 27,000 rivers in Karelia - you get tired of choosing. Beginners should take a closer look at the Suna and Shuya rivers or the combined lake-river route. Experienced rafting on Okhta, Piste, Tohmajoki and Uksunjoki. If you have not participated in water trips before, or it was in the last century and all the skills have disappeared from your head, it is better to go with an instructor or an experienced friend. The season lasts from late June to early September, but do not be lazy to read about the water regime of the selected river - there are exceptions. Useful information about Karelian rivers can be found in the catalog of reports and descriptions.

Meschera: bike weekend

Birch and pine forests, placers of lakes, melancholic swamps and rivers with beaver huts: Meshchera is a great place to escape from the metropolis to nature. And if you feel that the time has come to get some air from the urban whirlwind, take a bike and go for the weekend to these pretty lands at the junction of the Moscow, Ryazan and Vladimir regions.

In order not to get stuck in a long traffic jam with summer residents, you can start and end your trip at the train platform. The classic route for two days - from the station Krivandino through the village of Misheronskiy to Petushki (the same Venichkin). Trained people manage to cover about 80 km in one day, but for beginners it is better to count on two. To avoid getting lost, grab a GPS navigator or smartphone with a program like OruxMaps and a pre-loaded route. A bicycle forum will help you find a company: you can invite those who wish or join someone. Meschera is loved by cyclists, there are a lot of ads, especially at the end of summer. They also go kayaking in Meshchera. Fields, Buzha, Pra, Gus - on these and other rivers beginners get up on the water and experienced kayakers organize "regattas".

This year has become difficult, and according to most rating experts, catastrophic for the tourism and hotel industry in Russia. She was included in the list of those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Obviously, Russia is not the only one to face such problems. According to the calculations of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the impact from COVID-19 will be the worst in the history of tourism: the indicators of the tourism industry around the world by the end of 2020 will decrease by 60-80% compared to 2019. International tourist flows during the current crisis decreased 7.5 times more than under the influence of the most powerful recession in 2008.

According to the Federal Tourism Agency, recently announced by its head Zarina Doguzova, the drop in outbound and inbound tourism will reach 80-85%. If you look at the turnover of the entire tourism industry, then this year the amount will decrease by 60%, from 3.7 trillion (in 2019) to 1.6 trillion rubles. At the same time, the domestic tourist flow should be at least 60% of last year.

According to Rosstat, the income of collective accommodation facilities (hotels, hotels and others) for 9 months of 2020 amounted to 269 billion rubles, or 60% of the indicators of January-September last year (445 billion rubles). The revenues of health resort organizations for 9 months of 2020 amounted to 69 billion rubles, which is 65% of the indicators for the same period last year (105 billion rubles).

The number of citizens, according to the statistics department, accommodated in all Russian hotels for 9 months of this year amounted to 28.2 million people, against 46.5 million in the same period last year (about 61%). Over the same period, foreign citizens were accommodated 2.3 million people, and last year - 7.7 million, that is, the drop was 70%.

Measures of state support for enterprises in the industry, in the opinion of most experts in the rating, turned out to be insignificant, although very much in demand. At the same time, not all organizations were able to use them according to formal criteria: non-compliance with OKVED, requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises. Also, representatives of the tourist business are afraid not to fulfill the requirements for obtaining a "non-repayable" loan, namely, to retain at least 90% of the number of employees until April 1, 2021. In addition, the further spread of restrictions in a number of cities and regions, an increasing debt load, and claims for repayment of loans, according to hoteliers, may lead to bankruptcy and closure of hotels in the first quarter of next year.

With all the negative consequences of restrictions associated with the spread of coronavirus infection, representatives of the travel community note a number of positive changes taking place in the industry.

Perhaps the most discussed and anticipated event of the next year is the launch of a new national project "Tourism and Hospitality Industry". It is designed for 2021-2030, and the planned budget should be 629 billion rubles.

In September last year, the Strategy for the Development of Tourism in the Russian Federation until 2035 was adopted. It was approved by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The activities and key indicators of this strategy, which Rosturizm has been engaged in for a long time, migrated to the national project. Apparently, the scale of the goals and objectives set in the strategy led the creators of the document to the idea that it would not be possible to do this within the existing structure and powers of Rostourism, as well as the mechanism of budgetary funds allocated by it. After all, the financing of projects, the quality of their implementation, and human resources must grow exponentially.

Therefore, first, in June 2020, Rostourism was removed from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and became directly subordinate to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko. The activity of the deputy chairman of the government in charge of tourism, his "struggle", even President Vladimir Putin noted at his annual press conference, saying that a separate structure would be created for the development of domestic tourism. “People say: it’s beautiful, but there is no toilet, neither drive nor pass,” the head of state shared his thoughts with journalists. He also cited Turkey and South Korea as an example, where in a few years they have created an excellent infrastructure for recreation.

As it turned out, the tourism corporation will be created on the basis of the North Caucasus Resorts JSC, the North Caucasus Development Corporation JSC and the Visit the Caucasus Foundation. According to the magazine "Otdykh v Rossii" on December 18, JSC "Corporation Tourism was registered. F ". It was headed by Sergey Sukhanov, who was previously vice-president of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee for the preparation of Olympic facilities and infrastructure. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was the President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. It has already been announced that the new corporation will participate in large investment projects and will develop master plans for tourism clusters.

It is planned that the new national project, like a nesting doll, will include three federal projects.

First: "Development of tourism infrastructure and creation of quality tourism products." In it, state support measures will include subsidizing the interest rate for the construction of hotels; grant support to public and business initiatives; subsidies to regions for supporting infrastructure and for the formation of tourist-attractive city centers.

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