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Kamchatka Tourism Grows 25 Percent in 2015

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From Surf Holidays (Sergey Rasshivaev and Tania Elisarieva)

According to news from Agency for Tourism in Kamchatka Krai, the number of tourists visiting the territory in 2015 has increased significantly year on year. An announcement just made by government officials stressed the development underway in Kamchatskiy Krai as the stimulus. 

Kevork Shiana, the head of the tourism agency, had this to say about Kamchatka's tourism growth: 

"We have seen a major influx of Russian tourists, due to the reorientation of the tourist flow to the domestic market. The number of Russians who have chosen to visit our region, has grown approximately on 25% over the last 12 month period. We expect to see the numbers of tourists to the region increase to as many as 800 thousand per year within the next ten years. Our mission will be to welcome them with the best hotels, dining, and other amenities. 

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Winter tourism in Kamchatka is on the rise (56th Parallel Tours)

Shiana went on to point out how the construction of the new airport, along with modernization of the sea port will speed the region's preparedness. Avacha Bay, one project in the works, will see capability to receive more than 70 cruise ships per year. He also commented on growth in varied tourism segments such as event tourism, on top of an already buzzing adventure or outdoors tourism aspect. Cultural tourism, events like the Beringia sled dog race and other great outdoors oriented travel make up a big part of Kamchatka touristic flows now. 

Also according to the release, activities planned in the 2015 framework and regional program have been funded by over 168 million roubles. The program includes the development of Kamchatka Krai the brand with international tourism exhibitions in Russia, the US, Korea, China, and Japan. 

Photo credits: Kamchatka outback courtesy Sergey Rasshivaev and Surf Holidays, Winter in Kamchatka via 56th Parallel tours

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