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Eugene Kaspersky: "The best tourism - away from civilization"
"Despite New Zealand and a bunch of other brains of explosive things, all the same Kamchatka is the most dashing place on earth. On the ground"
Leading expert in the field of information security told why he chooses Kamchatka and what other places on the planet he plans to visit.
Photo: Eugene Kaspersky
- Do you remember your first trip to the Far East? What was the year, the region, what are the most vivid impressions? - The Far East first time came in the distant 1984 year, but this is not tourism - I was in a student construction team in the city of Kholmsk on Sakhalin. A whole month he built roads, even brought home some money.
From one friend of the parents even then, during his student years, he heard that there are two absolutely stunning places that he loved with all his heart: Kamchatka and Altai.
The first time in Kamchatka was in 2006. Since then I've been there five times already, and I definitely plan to come again. From my point of view, this is the best, most interesting place on our planet. The most vivid impressions are associated with stunning wildlife, volcanoes. Before going on a trip, I got good advice from one employee from Kamchatka: it's not worth it to go there myself, it's much better to apply for help to a local agency or specialists, because this is a special place and the tourism there is complicated. I think this is a useful recommendation. I also visited the Kuril Islands, but this is a separate story, although it is also very bright.
- How has the tourist service in the region changed in recent years? - At once I will say that I do not know anything about tourism in much of the Far East. In the same Vladivostok would very much like to get, but so far it has not worked. In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for ten years it became noticeably better in terms of hotels, the airport is developing. But most importantly - wildlife has not changed. Is that because of the warm winters, the trails have become overgrown with sunflower. But this lack of change, from my point of view, is good. If there, in the middle of wild nature, build highways and hotels, most likely, it will not be so interesting to walk with a backpack. For me, the best tourism is away from civilization.
- What, in your opinion, prevents the development of tourism in Kamchatka?
- Relatively high prices prevent Kamchatka. At the same time it is a niche tourism, and it is unlikely that it will ever become a mass tourism. A short season - literally a month or two, few people, almost no infrastructure. In the end, if you look from Moscow, then fly far. I do not really understand how one could make trips there much cheaper.
- Planning the next trip? - We are planning to make the next big trip to the Tien Shan mountains, to Kyrgyzstan. In the Far East, I want to go to Vladivostok, as well as to the Shantar Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk and see Conder with my own eyes - who knows, he will understand, though I don’t know if it is possible to get there at all ...
- Your opinion,What new and non-standard approaches to tourism development could lead to a significant result? - It would be great to think of something to solve the problem of mosquitoes and gnats. However, I do not know what you can invent here. Seriously, in the Far East for various types of tourists there is where to turn around. These lands attract avtotourists, marigolds, extremals of all stripes. Of course, it is necessary to talk more about unique places, so that people know about them.
Good results bring and standard approaches: honest service available, cleanliness and hospitality. Limited comfort is not a problem if we are talking about remote and wild places.
About the Author: Eugene Kaspersky - programmer, founder and CEO of Kaspersky Lab. Hobby - traveling, outdoor activities: mountain skiing, mountaineering, kayak rafting. He wrote several books, including "Travel Notes" and "Top 100 places in this world that really need to be seen."