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Kamchatka: travel to the ends of the world

The region of geysers and volcanoes is one of the most promising in Russia for the development of tourism

The most sophisticated travelers from all over the world dream of conquering a majestic volcano, visiting the geyser valley, seeing the legendary Beringia with their own eyes. The flow of tourists to the peninsula is growing from year to year, as is the volume of investment in the tourism industry in the region. To make this unique corner accessible to connoisseurs of pristine nature, new hotels are annually built in the region, and service and tourist infrastructure are improved.

Kamchatka: travel to the ends of the world
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Tourism in numbers

The number of tourists in Kamchatka is increasing every year. If in 2014 the 175 thousand people visited the peninsula, in 2018 this figure increased by 23%, amounting to 215 thousand guests. Moreover, the flow of foreign tourists during this period increased by 74% - from 14 thousand people in 2014 to 25 thousand in 2018.

70 companies, 150 hotels and camp sites, 2014 catering outlets now provide services to travelers. Every year, up to 15 new guest accommodation facilities and up to five restaurants are opened in the region. Significantly increased the volume of private investment in the tourism industry of the region. Right now, almost 50 projects with a total investment of more than 6,5 billion rubles are being implemented only in the framework of ASEZ and SPW.

Transport accessibility

For the dynamic development of tourism in Kamchatka there is a modernization and creation of transport infrastructure. The main air gate - the airport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Yelizovo) - is now undergoing rebirth. In 2016, the reconstruction of the runway ended there. This year, the existing airport was doubled and the construction of a new airport complex began, which will increase passenger traffic to 1 million people a year by the 2025 year.

Since the 2016 of the year, the Peter and Paul Port, one of the reference points for the development of cruise tourism in the Far East, began to receive liners thanks to the opening of a new sea terminal and reconstruction of moorings.

Transport infrastructure within the region also plays a crucial role in the development of tourism. So, the Vityaz-Aero company built a modern airdrome near the village of Nikolaevka in the Elizovo district, from which it takes tourists to the Valley of Geysers, to the caldera of Uzon volcano, to Kuril Lake, and also carries out Heli-ski tours. The fleet of 25 airlines has helicopters, and the airport capacity is up to 200 passengers per hour. This year, the company begins construction of a runway for airplanes with an annual passenger flow of up to 30 thousand people.

Hotels and hostels

Hotels are being actively built in Kamchatka. The first four-star hotel with 167 rooms is being erected in the center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Nine-story

the complex will include a concert hall, swimming pools, saunas, business rooms, restaurants and bars. The first three-star hotel will open on Toporkov Street in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky until the end of the 2019 year. The building will create 65 rooms with 130 seats.

Along with hotels, recreation centers are developing in the resort Paratunsky zone. Now there is a reconstruction of the recreation center "Arbat", in which there will be 89 rooms of various categories, saunas and restaurants. The hotel complex with a capacity of up to 45 places is being built by the investor of the Chalet LLC in the village of Paratunka. The recreation center will also include a SPA complex, a helipad and a hangar for helicopters. On the Kultuchnoye Lake, it is planned to build a visit center designed for 23 thousand visitors a year.

A large project is planned to be implemented by the investor of Park Three Volcanoes LLC. It will include the Sopka Goryachaya resort with five hotels, an open geothermal lagoon on hot springs, 17 km of ski slopes and cable cars, as well as the Volcano World Nature Park with lakes, lava caves and volcanoes. Implementation of the project is planned with state participation. The total investment will amount to 39,2 billion rubles.

In the center of events

Event tourism in Kamchatka is becoming a key in the development of the industry. The Beringia dog sled race, known far beyond the borders of Russia, is attended by thousands of spectators. In the 1990 year, eight local mushers passed the 250 km route, and last winter 1 teams from Moscow, the Khabarovsk Territory, Karelia and other regions set off on the 343 17 km route.

The main event of the summer in Kamchatka is Volcano Day. The holiday takes place at the foot of two active volcanoes. Tourists from all over the world seek to climb one of them on this day. If in 2010 the Avachinsky volcano was conquered by about 1 thousand inhabitants of Kamchatka, in 2019 the ascent was made by about 10 thousand participants of the holiday from Moscow, St. Petersburg, China and Austria.

As part of the WEF-2019, it is planned to sign a number of agreements, in particular, with an investor, LLC Rosa Khutor. This project can be an absolute breakthrough in the tourism sector and make Kamchatka more accessible for Russian and foreign travelers. The possibility of concluding a cruise tourism agreement between the governments of Kamchatka, Sakhalin, Primorye and Chukotka is also being explored.

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