Tourism.RF to support winning projects in ASI competition
27 December 2021
Tourism.RF press service
Tourism.RF to support winning projects in ASI competition
The competition commission chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko has named 30 tourist routes that have won the Open your Russia competition, a nationwide project of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). The routes will take tourists to 21 regions; ten of them pass through the areas where Tourism.RF is developing the tourist infrastructure.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that the development of domestic tourism is one of Russia’s national priorities, and the Open Your Russia project has been effectively complementing the tools available through the Tourism and Hospitality Industry National Project. The competition commission shortlisted the 30 best tourist routes out of 192 presented. All the participants have also attended a training course under the Acceleration Programme, to refine and improve their projects.

“The government is setting ambitious goals to reboot the entire industry and increase travel across the country. By 2030, we will double the figure to 140 million trips a year and create 1.7 million new jobs. The industry's contribution to the national economy will increase to 8.3 trillion roubles. Investors are offered favourable conditions for the construction of tourist infrastructure. Tourism.RF, a new development institution established for this purpose, has taken an active part in the competition commission. The ASI's idea to focus on entrepreneurial initiative in tourism and create new tourism products is very timely. The participants have helped people see and discover new interesting routes with local identity and local landmarks. I am very grateful to them for this contribution to the development of the tourism industry,” Dmitry Chernyshenko said.

General Director of Tourism.RF Sergey Sukhanov spoke about the development of tourism infrastructure in areas where the winning projects are being implemented:
“Ten routes from among the winners pass through areas where Tourism.RF is currently developing the local tourist infrastructure, and there will be more such places. Take, for example, the Baikal Ice route presented by Alexei Strelyuk, which reveals the most beautiful corners of the legendary lake. In the near future, five new 3 to 5 star hotels will be built along this route. Tourism.RF and the Ministry of Construction will start building the supporting infrastructure, with high-quality roads ready in time for the new facilities to open, with utilities connected and roadside services available in the right places. This should make travelling along the new route more comfortable,” Sergey Sukhanov said.

“The Agency’s job is to support project leaders and entrepreneurs who work in various fields. Tourism has become a benchmark of how this work can be structured from top to bottom, including support at the government level. We are grateful to Dmitry Chernyshenko for letting us piece this puzzle together. Working with each project, we could figure out the systemic support measures needed and how they could be incorporated into the new programmes being adopted by the government today,” ASI Director General Svetlana Chupsheva said.

Thirty winning routes span 21 regions of Russia in six federal districts. Eight are interregional and one is transboundary. It starts in the Republic of Buryatia, crosses the Irkutsk Region and ends at Lake Khubsugul in Mongolia.
The list of winning projects will be published on the project website at https://zagorizont.me/.