VORKUTA, August 18. /TASS/. The flow of tourists who come annually in the Arctic regions and areas of the Northwest Federal district can be increased five times. About this TASS said a member of the Presidium of the national Academy of tourism (Saint Petersburg) Konstantin Angelinos on the sidelines of the II international tourist forum “Accessible Arctic”.

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“This could attract 1.5 million tourists. And now the number of tourists is only 300 thousand in all regions [the Arctic in the northwestern Federal district] . Five times can be increased at the expense of local resources,” said Angelino in conversation with the correspondent of TASS. According to him, in order to increase the number of tourists, the Arctic regions of the northwestern Federal district should be more active use of local resources.

“First, what prevents the [tourist flow increase], the non-use of local resources. The second is the lack of a systematic presentation of each region and development programs. Third and most importantly, what is missing here – regional programme is not docked with the Federal target programs. Here are three things that don’t allow us to work effectively.

Bet on the national character

Present at the forum the travel company said that they have in recent years become very active in working with local resources and make a bet on the national, distinctive flavour. And it really attracts tourists.

For example, the Finno-Ugric ethno-cultural Park in the Komi Republic plans to soon create a representation of the Finno-Ugric and Samoyed peoples. As told on Friday the Deputy Director of the Park Olga Nasonova, will be created “ethno-village” in the framework of inter-regional tourist route “the Silver necklace of Russia”.

There are plans to develop atorrent hunters. Now in the Republic are gastronomic tour to Syktyvkar, nettutor sending from Kirov or Velikiy Ustyug through Syktyvkar to Ukhta, developed by the Arctic tour to thermal springs.

As told the Deputy Director GBU Yamaltur YANAO (the largest tour operator in the region – approx. TASS) Irina Plotnikova, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district the most popular tours Ethnography, where tourists get acquainted with the ancient Nenets native culture of the peoples of the area and nature.

Nenets Autonomous Okrug also has a huge potential for the development of nature tourism. Here is the Vaygach island is popular among tourists and one of a kind “sacred island” of the indigenous peoples of the North, where they worshipped their deities. The island is more than 200 objects of cultural heritage, including monuments of the Pomeranian culture and the largest in the Western Arctic-nesting birds.

According to the tourism Manager, GBU NAO “Center of Arctic tourism” Nikolai Semenchuk, last year on Vaygach island and guided tours. “On Vaygach island tours began last winter, mainly the Russians are going. It’s a long tour – there we rode 4-5 days, back for 10 days because of frost and snowstorm,” he said, adding that it still did not deter tourists.

In the Arctic will attract event tourism

Tour operators and market experts name one more direction which can attract to the Arctic tourists – festivals and events. A positive example is in the Arkhangelsk region. There since 2012 there is a Northern art festival “Taybola”.

As the Director of the Foundation “Promoting research and development of the Arctic” (Arkhangelsk oblast) Alexander Mokeev, each year the festival attracts up to 5 thousand people. “At the festival every year there are 1-2 scenes where live music groups of various directions, mostly ethnic. Presents crafts. Master classes and dance, and play musical instruments, tea ceremonies, yoga,” he said.

One of the goals of the festival – the development of tourist attractiveness of the region to attract more new visitors, the festival annually “roam” to different areas of the region, but always is held on the banks of the White sea and Severnaya Dvina river. The platforms are constructed of different art objects, which then remain in the area and be separate places of tourism interest a few years after the vote. “This model [attract tourists] has shown itself viable and can be used in other regions,” said Mokeyev.