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“We will solve problems as they come”
Business in Chukotka is experiencing isolation and economic problems without panic
Igor Dobrodeev Director and co-owner of ATV Travel Chukotka LLC
Our business is associated with active tourism, designed for lovers of extreme relaxation. One of the species is winter fishing, its season begins with us at the end of March-April. That is right now. Before that, it’s too cold, and later everything starts to melt. We take tourists on snowmobiles to the lake about 200 km from the city, there is a base there. In April, the arrival of two groups of tourists was planned. Now these people will be able to go fishing in Chukotka at the best in a year. Although they do not lose optimism, and they consider their journey simply postponed. Moreover, we also have a summer program: trips on ATVs, summer fishing, water routes on different types of transport.
We organized our business only this year, entered the register of tour operators and very much hoped that the first season would be indicative of further development. We equipped the base, ordered the equipment ... And that is where it all started: coronavirus - reduction in oil prices - depreciation of the ruble ... Now it is also unclear with the supply of equipment: it is made to order in the suburbs, and should have been delivered just in time for the arrival of tourist groups. Now, not only the timing is unknown, but the price is likely to increase. There are three people in the staff of our company, we hire the rest as necessary for a specific tourist group. Therefore, not only our employees, but also potential “freelancers” were left without work for an indefinite period. It is comforting that we at least have no loans. And we’ll see how government measures to support small and medium-sized businesses work.
It seems to me that now no one can name more or less exact deadlines for the end of the current problems. After the completion of all medical restrictive measures, it will be possible to make forecasts about economic prospects. Perhaps it will take at least a year. As far as I know, other areas of business in Chukotka are now limited to new orders of local authorities. People do not panic, do not become discouraged and try to solve all problems (including those related to business) as they arise.