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Tourist inflow to Yamal grows by 20% in first six months of 2016

November 14, 2016, 10:25 UTC+3

Over 50,000 people have visited the region

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YEKATERINBURG, November 14. /TASS/. Tourist inflow to the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region has grown by 20% in the first six months of 2016, over 50,000 people have visited the region, a source in the regional Department for Youth Policy and Tourism told TASS.

“The number of tourist arrivals during the first six months of 2015 was 50,000 which is 20% more than during the same period last year. Around 40,000 tourists visited the Yamal Peninsula in the first six months of 2015,” the source said. 

According to the department, people mainly travel to the region on business. “Most visitors take part in various regional, national and international events,” the source elaborated.

A total of 36 tourist routes on the Yamal peninsula have been developed by accredited tour operators. Tourists have a chance to visit various natural zones ranging from the taiga to the Arctic tundra. “Most programs relate to ethnographic and event tourism, mountain skiing, rafting down mountain rivers,” the department added.

On the whole, there are 1233 registered tourist facilities and 89 hotels on the Yamal peninsula.

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