Theresa May triggers Brexit processWorld March 29, 14:47
All Sberbank offices in Ukraine resume operationsBusiness & Economy March 29, 14:34
Police conduct search at Moscow scientology center — sourceWorld March 29, 14:28
French MP says West should respect Crimean people’s choiceWorld March 29, 14:12
Russian-US relations at record-low — top lawmakerRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 14:09
Tehran, Moscow enter new stage of cooperation — RouhaniWorld March 29, 14:06
Senator highlights Russian-Iranian ‘combat brotherhood’ in Syria backed at highest levelRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 29, 13:49
Palestine names conditions for peace treaty with Israel — AbbasWorld March 29, 13:45
Ukraine to continue upholding its position on Russia’s $3bln debt lawsuit in London courtBusiness & Economy March 29, 13:35
YAKUTSK, November 25. /TASS/. The number of tourists visiting Yakutia’s nature sights is expected to double by the end of 2017, regional Nature Protection Minister Sakhamin Afanasyev told TASS.
“We need to develop ecological tourism by improving attractiveness of our protected natural territories and nature parks, I believe they have huge potential. Our unique natural landmarks attract tourists from all over the world but since infrastructure is not developed enough, the number of people visiting the sights is not high. We plan that the tourist inflow to natural sights will double, growing from 15,000 to 30,000 by the end of 2017,” he said.
There are over 220 protected natural territories in Yakutia including two that are on UNESCO’s list of world natural heritage sites, as well as six nature parks and 13 natural reserves.
According to the minister, there is a need to strengthen efforts to develop infrastructure in the national parks in order to increase tourist inflow. This year, a cruise down the Lena River to the Lenskiye Stolby (Lena Pillars) Nature Park that is one of the protected natural territories as well as a UNESCO’s intangible heritage site, has been included into the Eastern Ring of Russia brand.
In 2015, a total of 156,000 tourists visited Yakutia which is nine percent less than in 2014. The main obstacles preventing the tourism inflow growth are high airline ticket prices and lack of a centralized sale system for tour packages.