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23 november, 2016

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RF Civic Chamber’s opinion on incoming tourism from China found support

The new agreement with China on visa-free group tourist trips will take into account the recommendations of the Civic Chamber

RF Civic Chamber’s opinion on incoming tourism from China found support

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko instructed Vladimir Medinsky the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation to consider the recommendations of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation as regards the Chinese tourists visiting Russia. The corresponding assignment is at the disposal of RIA Novosti news agency.

In late October, members of the Civic Chamber after public hearings on “Incoming tourism from China: problems and prospects” a number of proposals was sent to Deputy Prime Minister in order to regulate the activities of travel agencies dealing with trips from China.

During the event Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the RF Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, noted the relevance of the topic, stating that the inflow of Chinese tourists shows tremendous dynamic of growth.

The Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency on Tourism Nikolay Korolev considered the recommendations. According to Korolev, the Agency elaborates a draft new agreement between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips. The amendments to the agreement include introduction of electronic document management and simplification of the exchange of lists of authorized travel agencies. This corresponds to Civic Chamber’s proposals.

The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation also recommended to the Federal Tourism Agency to update cruise routes for Chinese tourists. The Agency answered that it planned to launch a new cruise ship in the Baltic Sea completely oriented towards tourists from the Asian countries in 2017-2018. It is planned that by 2020 the fleet of the Russian cruise operator "St.Peter Line" will grow to 9 units including three cruise ferries in the Baltic and Black sea, as well as in the Far East.

Besides «St.Peter Line», Russia discusses with China the project of a regular cruise line between the ports of Vladivostok and Shanghai. The main objective of the project is to connect Vladivostok with Chinese, Korean and Japanese ports.

Moreover, the Federal Tourism Agency reports that it continues to coordinate activities of the participants of this project which will be the largest foreign investment in the domestic tourism industry in case of success.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

Tags: Yelena Sutormina

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