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Tourism Special Economic Zones continue to be attractive investment sites and points of attraction for tourists. Last year residents of tourist SEZs built 26 modular hotels, about 3 museum complexes and several event pavilions. More than 1.6 million tourists rested on the territories of tourist SEZs. This was reported by Vitaly Altabayev, Director of the Department of Regional Development of the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, following the results of the expert session “Tourism clusters. SEZs” within the framework of the tourism day at the exhibition-forum “Russia”.

“There are 10 tourist SEZs created in Russia. Now we have 120 residents who have made 33 billion investments, created 2 thousand jobs. About half of these results have been provided for the last 4 years – 52 new residents have been registered, 21 billion rubles of investments have been made, 1 thousand jobs have been created”, – said Vitaly Altabayev.

According to him, residents of tourist SEZs already enjoy a simplified procedure for subsidizing the interest rate on loans. Investors are also attracted by favorable land lease rules and preferential tax regime.

“We are actively working with the regions to ensure that all opportunities are used for infrastructure development, including restructuring of budget loans, infrastructure budget loans and special treasury loans. We have recently introduced a simplified transition to tax monitoring, which allows for digitalization of accounting, online support by the tax service and VAT refunds accelerated twice,” Vitaly Altabayev emphasized.

Khasan Timizhev, Executive Director of Kavkaz.RF, explained how the corporation has been managing half of all SEZs of this type for over 10 years and has extensive experience in attracting residents and private investment to the territory of the North Caucasus Federal District. In particular, the state represented by Kavkaz.RF selects promising tourist locations and creates all the necessary infrastructure (roads, utilities, electricity, gas, water). This allows investors to save up to 30% of their costs.

“There are parameters of a model resort to which we aspire – the number of slopes and elevators, accommodation facilities, tourist flow. When these parameters are achieved, the resort develops further mainly on private investment, and we switch to creating new points of growth. For example, “Arkhyz”, created by order of the President of the Russian Federation, has been brought to operating profitability and transferred to the management of a private investor. The proceeds from the sale have been reinvested in other SEZs of the region. Despite the fact that we use the same approaches to SEZ development, we pay great attention to the integrated development of the territories adjacent to the resort through master planning. Another focus of attention is the search for individual style of each resort through branding and other visual elements,” said Hasan Timizhev.

Roman Kiranchuk, General Director of Arkhyz Management Company, spoke about the development prospects of Arkhyz Resort, fulfillment of investment obligations and peculiarities of master planning of the SEZ territory.

“In the coming years, Arkhyz will have to double its ski infrastructure and build new tourist villages. Already in 2024 we plan to welcome almost one million guests to the resort,” Roman Kiranchuk said.

Konstantin Pytchenko, Minister of Economic Development of the Kemerovo Region – Kuzbass, shared the development plans of the SEZ “Gornaya Shoria”.

“The application for the creation of SEZ “Gornaya Shoria” includes three investment projects with a total investment of 41.5 billion rubles and plans to create 4 thousand new jobs,” – said Konstantin Pytchenko.

Evgeny Kazantsev, Acting Head of the Altai Territory Department for Tourism Development and Resort Activities, told about the plans to develop a new tourist territory “Altai Foothills”, which includes three investment sites: Belokurikha, gambling zone “Siberian Coin” and SEZ “Biryuzovaya Katun”.

“The platforms are designed for one-time accommodation of about 10 thousand people. This territory is now united by a common transportation infrastructure”, – he noted.

“There are 23 residents registered on the territory of SEZ “Baikal Gate”. Investors plan to build new cable cars and ski slopes, a five-star hotel with apartment complexes, restaurants and SPA, as well as a 4* ski hotel with a spa complex. At the moment we have completed the construction of the first stage of power supply networks, signed contracts for the construction of the rest of the supporting infrastructure, obtained a permit for the construction of the high-speed chairlift of the “Gora Sobolinaya” complex, and are preparing a new hotel for opening”, – commented Vyacheslav Bayanov, General Director of SEZ “Baikal Gate” in the Irkutsk region.

“The total number of accommodation on the territory of SEZ “Baikal Harbor” will amount to more than 4 thousand rooms in 4* and 5* hotels. At the moment the construction of the hotel and thermal complex 4* “Green Flow Baikal” is underway, the planning projects of existing residents have been approved, design and estimate documentation for engineering and tourist infrastructure of the future “Cosmos Hotel Baikal” is being developed. The opening of new modular hotels is planned for spring”, – said Maxim Sharipov, General Director of SEZ “Baikal Harbor” in the Republic of Buryatia.

“In 2023, 26 modular hotels were built in SEZ Zavidovo in addition to the existing ones. The opening of a family park is planned for this year. In 2025 all objects of the project “Zavidovo Park” hotels for 1130 rooms, a water entertainment center and a ski slope will be delivered”, – said Olga Bereznitskaya, a leading specialist in external communications of the project of integrated development of SEZ “Zavidovo” in the Tver region.

The exhibition was moderated by Mikhail Labudin, Director of the Association of Clusters, Technoparks and SEZs of Russia (AKIT RF). He summarized the results, noting that SEZs of tourist and recreational type are a promising development tool.

“Colleagues from already operating SEZs have shown by their example the attractiveness of this tool, and many subjects of Russia are interested in creating such sites with preferential treatment. The SEZ mechanism allows solving many problems of the tourism industry: creation of infrastructure, new hotel rooms,” he said.

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