The Far East is a gastronomic paradise for tourists

How to turn the Far East into a prosperous region in five years

For residents of Central Russia, the Far East is almost a more unexplored winter tourist destination than Austria or Thailand. "Vestnik ATOR" found out who and where goes to the Far East, what winter tours are on sale here and how much they cost.


According to market participants, the regions of the Far East are not areas of mass demand. The fact that Far Eastern destinations are not very popular among residents of Russia living in the Central Federal District, Northwestern Federal District, Ural Federal District, Volga Federal District is explained, first of all, by the high cost of tours and the long duration of flights - the ATOR Analytical Service investigated the price issue earlier.

Winter is considered the low season for travel to these regions. "In winter, the Far Eastern region is not in great demand among residents of the central regions of Russia, since such a vacation will be quite costly both in terms of cost and duration of the flight," say, in particular, the specialists of the National Tour Operator ALEAN. Experts state that residents of nearby regions most often go to ski resorts and sanatoriums in Kamchatka and Sakhalin.

Experts state that residents of nearby regions most often go to ski resorts and sanatoriums in Kamchatka and Sakhalin

According to market players, the Far East is more in demand in the summer season - as an excursion and also as a beach destination. Tourists from Central Russia come here in the summer season more actively, since during this period they can visit the local natural attractions in the most versatile and with greater comfort.

At the same time, in the summer, the main contingent of vacationers here are also residents of nearby regions, plus tourists from China, Korea and Japan come here. Tourists from the central part of Russia come to the Far East in summer much less often, but the duration of their trip is on average longer and averages 14 to 21 days. Summer tours are usually more expensive than winter ones.


In total, tours to the Far East in Central Russia are now offered by a little more than 20 tour operators, including federal players (ALEAN, Dolphin, TUI Russia, ANEX Tour, Coral Travel). At the same time, the vast majority of the offered tours are organized to Kamchatka. This region is leading in the Far Eastern Federal District not only in the segment of organized tourism from Central Russia, but also in the requests of independent tourists.

According to the online aggregator of package tours "Fly off ru", this winter the share of the Kamchatka Territory accounts for 0.044% of search queries "Fly. y "for tours in Russia (0.049% in winter 2016/2017). While for tours to other regions of the Far East, these indicators are several times less: Sakhalin Region - 0.004% of the total number of requests in Russia (0.010%), Amur Region - 0.003% (0.006%), Primorsky Krai - 0.002% (excluding changes).

Tours to the Far East in Central Russia are now offered by more than 20 tour operators, including federal ones. The vast majority of tours are organized to Kamchatka

With the undisputed leader in the person of Kamchatka, the organized tourist flow from Central Russia has every chance to grow in other Far Eastern regions. Thus, the tour operator ANEX Tour at the beginning of November opened the sale of four GDS-tours in Primorye and Priamurye at once with flights on regular flights and instant confirmation upon full payment of tickets. These are two excursion tours to Khabarovsk and two tours to Vladivostok - all for 4 days \ 3 nights. What is especially interesting is that two of the four tours involve a combination with China, where tourists will spend one and a half to two days with an overnight stay. So far, the company clarifies, offers are available only for Moscow. In the future, with a more accurate analysis of regional demand, the tour operator may scale the program to other cities in Russia.

According to the information “Fly. y ", when forming tours to the Far East, tour operators put up vouchers without a flight (hotel + optional meals). This winter, the prices of such tours for two adults (from 3 to 7 nights) to Vladivostok start at 15,645 rubles, to the Kamchatka Territory - from 61,360 rubles, to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - from 28,737 rubles, to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - from 29 834 rub.

What tours to the Far East do they go to in winter from European Russia

VLADIVOSTOK, September 7 - RIA Novosti, Irina Nekhoroshkina. The importance of the Far Eastern Federal District for the tourism industry of Russia is difficult to overestimate: it is not only a territory with a unique natural, historical and cultural diversity, but also a region that is adjacent to countries showing the outstripping dynamics of growth in tourist flows, the head of the Federal Agency said in an interview with RIA Novosti on tourism Oleg Safonov.

"The Far Eastern region is very important for the tourism industry in Russia, since the Far Eastern Federal District is 36% of our country, nine regions of the Russian Federation. This is a gigantic territory with a unique variety of natural landscapes, specially protected natural areas, tourist opportunities. it is difficult to overestimate, "he said.

Safonov noted that within the framework of the Eastern Economic Forum, the development of tourism in the Far Eastern Federal District was also discussed. "It seems to me very important to develop active types of tourism, ecological and gastronomic tours. I made a proposal to foreign and domestic participants to think about creating a cross-border tourism product. In the near future, sports epoch-making mega-events will be held, I mean the World Cup and the Olympics in South Korea. Then the Olympic Games will be held in China and Japan. It would be a good basis for such tourism projects, "he said.

"Since the Far Eastern Federal District is geographically close to the Asia-Pacific region, where the growth rate of tourist flows exceeds the world average by about 1.5-2 times, it seems important for us to develop tourism in the Far East," Safonov emphasized ...

Dynamics of tourism development

As a vivid example, he cited Kamchatka, where the tourist flow has tripled over the past 3 years. According to him, the construction of a new airport in Kamchatka will lead to an even greater increase in the number of tourists. Yesterday I spoke with Viktor Vekselberg, who will build this transport complex, and he said that the new airport will serve a million people. We are aiming at such an indicator, "said the interlocutor of the agency.

He also recalled that in 2017 Rosturizm received from the government the right to conduct activities to permit cruise activities of the Russian Federation. “Unfortunately, few cruise ships still visit Kamchatka, but a significant increase in cruise ship calls to the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District is planned for the next year, so we consider the development of such tourism very important. region to Alaska. We are very interested in these tourists visiting our Far Eastern regions - Vladivostok, Sakhalin, Kamchatka and Chukotka. We consider this task absolutely real, "Safonov explained.

Beach tourism in the Far East

"Unfortunately, the regions of the Far East have never been perceived as destinations for beach tourism. Far Easterners from other regions often come to rest on the coast, but there are few recreation centers and hotels. I think that the Far East is a must should be developed as a beach destination. There is a clean sea with very rich flora and fauna. It is important to change the perception of Russians about Primorye and start promoting it as a beach destination, having prepared the necessary infrastructure, "Safonov said.

According to him, in the issue of cross-border tourism, the Russian side wants to make sure that people who come to the Far East have the opportunity to visit other countries - Japan, South Korea, China. “In addition, we have the Eastern Ring project aimed at allowing tourists to visit several regions of the Far Eastern Federal District at once,” he said.

First-hand news

Today our conversation will be about what each of us cannot live without for a long time - about food! Exactly what we need every day to replenish our energy reserves and improve our mood. But why am I writing about food on a tourism blog and how does it all relate? And now you will find out!)

We all know perfectly well that each nationality has its own special dishes, unusual for our diet and taste barriers. Since ancient times, many travelers, starting with Marco Polo, went to other countries and to other continents in order to find something new for themselves. They were looking not just for peoples who live in this or that part of the world, but studied their values ​​and culture, in which cooking is an integral part. Thus, they discovered new dishes, spices and cooking secrets for themselves and their contemporaries!

Nowadays there are many types of tourism and you often want to try something new, in addition to relaxing at various tourist centers. For those who are bored with ordinary travel and sightseeing, there are gastronomic tours, which you will learn more about today! But first, let's dive into the essence a little.

What is gastronomic tourism and what is it "eaten with"?

In general, gastronomic tourism is a relatively new type of tourism, the purpose of which is to get acquainted with the traditional cuisine of a particular country and get a taste sensation. This type of travel has been very popular lately and is liked by many. Food tours are suitable not only for avid gourmets, but also for ordinary tourists who want to learn more about food and such tourism!

Peculiarities of gastronomic tours

Perhaps the main feature is that you do not have to stand in huge lines in the hope of seeing any sights in order to get acquainted with the culture of the country in which you are. It is enough just to come to an institution with national cuisine, make yourself comfortable and enjoy delicious food!

Such delicious tours bring variety to your life and allow you to learn the secrets of cooking and the history of dishes, as well as penetrate much deeper into the culture, because the main traditions of the peoples are hidden, oddly enough, in food!

But do not rush to confuse gastronomy with total gluttony on vacation, where you try everything in order to just try and, perhaps, for a long time be proud of the fact that you ate strange and incomprehensible animals at the risk of your life!) Gastronomic tours aimed at completely not replenishing the reserves of their body in excess of what it should be)

During such a "delicious" vacation, you have a unique opportunity to attend master classes from the best chefs, listen to lectures on cooking, take part in interesting competitions, as well as taste national dishes, get incredible taste feel and learn a lot about food!

Gastronomic tourism in the Far East!

Many ethnic groups have gathered in our country, which have their own characteristics and differences in culture and traditions, so you don't need to travel far and, moreover, leave for other countries to become a part of gastronomic tourism!)

The most ambitious of them are planned to be implemented in the Kuriles and Sakhalin

The Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) is being held in Vladivostok from September 4 to 6, at which, among other things, tourism issues are discussed and resolved.

"The development of domestic tourism is an absolute priority in the direction of our work, on which we will focus our maximum efforts," said the head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova within the framework of the WEF. “We will certainly deal with inbound tourism, we have a whole system of measures to support it, but at the same time, we need to start developing tourism in the country from ourselves. If in Russia it will be comfortable and quality for Russians to have a rest, then foreign tourists will definitely come to us, ”she said.

Several agreements were signed at the forum and plans and projects were announced.


The first stage of the Onekotan Archipelago project is designed for 4 years, during this time there should appear: a network of equipped walking routes, a park-hotel with 200 rooms, a runway for small aircraft and a yacht club. “We are interested in creating such specific 'points of attraction' for tourists. The launch of the project in the previously undeveloped territories of the North Kuril Islands fully meets the tourism development strategy. This will give dynamics to the development of the region, interest in local natural attractions, and show the special cultural identity of the island, ”Z. Doguzova is sure.

  • Sakhalin Express is a recreation of the narrow-gauge railway built at the beginning of the 20th century along the route Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - Kholmsk. The route includes 35 bridges and 15 tunnels and is considered one of the most scenic in the country. The unique project can be called an attraction and an open-air museum at the same time. The concept is currently under development.
  • Three Volcano Park world-class resorts. The tourist cluster includes 12 different objects in the region of the Vilyuchinsky, Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes, with access to the Vilyuchinsky bay. “To implement such large-scale projects, we need to consolidate efforts at all levels: federal and regional. In the part that concerns us, we will provide all the necessary assistance. According to the agency, the new tourism cluster will attract up to 460 thousand new tourists by 2037. Thanks to this, an additional inflow of funds into the regional economy from 2024 to 2037 may amount to more than 135 billion rubles, ”Z. Doguzova said.

The total cost of the project is estimated at approximately 39.2 billion rubles. Investors are ready to invest 15 billion rubles in the resort. These funds will be used for the construction of tourism infrastructure and the creation of ecological routes in the natural area. In the area of ​​the Goryachaya hill, it is planned to build a resort for 1000 hotel rooms, 17 km of year-round ski slopes with two cable cars.

  • The Kolyma authorities announced to Rosturizm a project to open a sea passenger service between Magadan and Vladivostok, linking it with the development of tourism, said the Governor of the Magadan Region Sergei Nosov, adding that there are already investors. “Private investments in the development of this area alone are about 4 billion rubles. To receive the liners, you need 1.5-2 billion rubles, ”Nosov said. According to him, the project of sea passenger traffic can be linked with tourism to Zavyalov Island, a few tens of kilometers from Magadan, where musk oxen graze and it is planned to create a tourist base.
  • The implementation of the Rostourism project for the development of cruise centers "Oka - Volga" in the Nizhny Novgorod region will require about 14 billion rubles, said the governor of the region Gleb Nikitin. “The project includes activities for the construction of cruise ships and the creation of specialized infrastructure in 14 cruise centers. At the moment, cruise ships have the ability to moor in only five of these centers. The remaining nine can only be reached by road. The approximate amount of the required federal funding is about 14 billion rubles, but it is important to understand that this is an investment not only in the Nizhny Novgorod region, but also in the future of the Volga itself, "Nikitin said. According to him, the project provides for the construction and reconstruction of berths with access roads and parking lots, coastal fortifications, purchase of landing stages. “Secondly, this is the development of coastal infrastructure - tourist reception areas in cruise centers. Thirdly, this is the modernization of cruise and river fleets - preferential leasing for the purchase and construction of cruise ships, including motor ships-wheel of the type "Golden Ring", "Sura", PV-300 liners, the revival of river excursions using a vessel on underwater wings "Valdai 45R", which are also being built in the Nizhny Novgorod region ", - added the head of the region.
  • JSC "GC" Slavyanka "intends to reconstruct the hotel" Chita "(investment volume - 0.2 billion rubles).
  • The status of a resident of the free port of Vladivostok has been assigned to the Multifunctional Recreation Center. The investor plans to implement a project for the construction and operation of a landscape and recreational complex with family-type entertainment centers on Russkoye Island. The total investment in the project will amount to 2.57 billion rubles, the commissioning of the facility is scheduled for January 2025

“The project includes the construction of an indoor water park, hotel, SPA center, car parking, as well as landscaping - there will be recreation areas with a swimming pool, a bus stop, a pedestrian area, a promenade, an equipped and safe beach ... The economic sphere in which the project is being implemented is at the starting level of its development in the Far Eastern Federal District and is not highly competitive at the moment. The implementation of the project will allow investors, with moderate risks, to ensure a return on investment, taking into account the existing preferences of the free port of Vladivostok, the macroeconomic environment and the uniqueness of the investment project, ”said Oleg Tarabykin, General Director of MFCO LLC.

The Far East is degrading. The economy of most of its regions is supported by subsidies, but they do not stop the outflow of the population.

Meanwhile, the Far East could not just live on its own money. It could become one of the engines of the growth of the Russian economy. This does not require large investments, you do not even need to invent something fundamentally new. It is enough just to use the experience of countries that are successfully moving along this path. Let me introduce you to an elegant and simple way - how to bring the Far East to prosperity in a maximum of five years.

Lessons in Historical Geography

First, let's look at the map and try to understand what we have. We have 7 million underdeveloped square kilometers with a population of 8 million. That is, approximately one person per square kilometer.

This is despite the fact that China, Korea and Japan are located nearby, where one and a half billion people live. About a billion people, within a radius of three thousand kilometers.

And the most unpleasant thing is that the gap in industrial production between the Russian and foreign Far East is constantly growing. Simply because production will develop more actively where there are already people and resources. In these conditions, we have to find a point of economic growth and stop the outflow of the population from the Far East.

The state tried to solve the economic problem facing us in two ways.

First, by distributing the "Far Eastern hectare". It looks like an attempt to reproduce Stolypin's reform. However, under Stolypin, peasant families received 15 hectares of land for each man and a large, for those times, cash loan.

What can be done on one hectare? Well, let's say plant potatoes. Under our conditions, one hectare can be harvested 200 centners, or 20,000 kilograms. If you turn them in for 20 rubles, you will gain 400,000 rubles. After deducting expenses, it will remain at best 200,000 rubles "net". And this is not a month, a season. If the weather doesn't let you down. And what, for the sake of such happiness, someone will go to cultivate virgin soil?

To get a normal profit in agriculture, you need to have at least 50 hectares and the initial capital for their development. But those who have this capital are unlikely to be seduced by a donated hectare.

Then, at the time of Stolypin, the peasantry accounted for 85% of the population. Now, in civilized countries, one or two percent of the population is engaged in agriculture. Accordingly, strengthening demographics through agricultural development simply does not make sense. Even if now in the Far East they begin to distribute hundreds of hectares, this will not cause a massive stir.

Secondly, the state tried to create TASEDs (Territories of Advanced Social and Economic Development) in the Far East. Within the framework of this project, tax incentives were given to enterprises that produce something other than raw materials for export. As a result of this project, we have opened several companies. Which gave the region a total of several hundred jobs with, to put it mildly, low wages. And how did it help solve our problems?

When you create some kind of production, you are primarily concerned with the cost of labor, raw materials, access to sales markets, infrastructure, logistics. In all these indicators, we are inferior to the developed industrial centers surrounding the Far East. Income tax is important here in the last place, because this profit must first be obtained somehow. Saving on taxes does not make sense if you have “nothing” and nothing to produce, and nowhere to sell.

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