GORNO-ALTAISK, November 25. /TASS/. Around 2,000,000 people are expected to visit the Altai Republic this year so the tourist inflow will grow by 11% as 1,800,000 tourists visited the Republic in 2015, regional Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Alexei Miskin told TASS.
According to him, as of September 1, about 1,700,000 tourists have visited the region. The government of the Altai Republic says that active tourism development has facilitated the development of around twenty related industries, including food sector, construction and services industry.
This year, new tourist facilities and services have been introduced in the Ust-Kamensky district which include guest houses, mushroom cultivation facility as well as riding tours. At present, around 800 companies offer tourist services in the region, about 460 private houses provide accommodation.
Tourism industry is one of the main branches of the Altai Republic’s economy involving more than 6,000 people (around 3% of the population). There are 350 tourist routes of varying complexity in the region, including walking, riding, water and auto routes.