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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko noted the willingness of the regions to host tourists in the winter season and provide them with safe and comfortable conditions of stay. Inspection of the work of regional services and tourism infrastructure was carried out by Rostourism in cooperation with the subjects.

“Taking into account the increased demand for recreation within the country this winter season, especially in ski resorts, Rosturizm, within the framework of interdepartmental working groups, worked out the issues of ensuring the safety of tourists. The regions confirmed their readiness for the winter tourist season, including in terms of synchronizing the work of various services related to the safety of citizens. Also Rosturizm and the subjects have worked out response measures in adverse weather conditions. Particular attention is once again focused on strict adherence to sanitary and epidemiological measures prescribed by Rospotrebnadzor. Let me remind you that each subject, depending on the situation with the spread of COVID-19, independently decides on the introduction of additional restrictions. We ask tourists to be attentive and check in advance the information about the restrictions in force on the territory of a particular region, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Traditionally, ski holidays are the most popular for the New Year. According to the regional forecast, Russian ski resorts will be loaded by almost 100% for the New Year holidays. Average hotel occupancy this winter is expected to be 70-80%.

The head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova also reminded of the need to contact only certified and qualified guides and instructors to ensure safety during the rest. Local authorities and ski resort managers are advised to warn tourists about the dangers when contacting so-called black guides.

“The winter tourist season is starting in Russia. We see that bookings for the winter are very active, first of all, of course, for the New Year holidays. Traditionally, active types of winter recreation, especially alpine skiing and snowboarding, are especially popular. This winter Krasnaya Polyana, Arkhyz, Dombay and Elbrus region, Khibiny in the Murmansk region, Belaya mountain in the Urals, Mountain Air in Sakhalin and, of course, Sheregesh in Kuzbass, where, by the way, affordable charters began flying weekly since yesterday, are very popular this winter.

According to forecasts, Russian ski resorts will be almost 100% loaded during the New Year holidays, while high-quality and modern hotels are almost fully booked.

Taking into account the heavy load on the tourist infrastructure, all regions have worked out the issues of ensuring the safety of tourists this winter as a priority.

The relevant regional services checked the reliability of the infrastructure (including lifts), worked out response measures in adverse weather conditions and avalanches, checked the navigation and warning system for tourists in case of emergencies and bad weather, and monitor strict adherence to the antiquated recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor.

Since active winter holidays are often associated with high-risk routes, we ask tourists to contact only guides certified by the regions and instructors-guides certified by sports federations.

If the route includes being in a mountainous area or far from settlements and roads, then we recommend tourists to insure their route with the inclusion of helicopter evacuation services. Such insurance costs on average about 5-6 thousand rubles.

Also, before embarking on routes of increased complexity, we also strongly recommend that tourists be sure to register with the Ministry of Emergencies on the portal of public services.

We ask the regions and ski resort managers to warn tourists about the risks when contacting uncertified guides and instructors and help tourists in choosing conscientious tour operators, ”said Zarina Doguzova, head of the Federal Tourism Agency.

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