Meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs State Duma Committee Sergei Krivonosov
23.07.2019

On 23rd of July 2019 the Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Board Iurii Tsurkan held the meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs State Duma Committee Sergei Krivonosov (“United Russia” faction).

The parties discussed the draft of the Intergovernmental Agreement on visa-free tourist exchange between the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of China. "The draft of the agreement on the results of two stages of the All-Russian public hearings was recognized as “not meeting the interests of the Russian Federation and the domestic tourism industry", - stated Iurii Tsurkan, who finds it premature to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement in the proposed version before the detailed elaboration and technical readiness for the implementation of its provisions.

According to the data of public organizations, almost all tourist groups from China in Russia are serviced by Chinese companies under "grey" schemes, as a result of which this tourist flow is absolutely unprofitable for legal Russian business.

Chinese companies now own transport, restaurants, hotels, guides and souvenir shops on the Russian territory, which is why all the profits from tourists from China are actually returned to the PRC, bypassing both the Russian tourism business and the domestic budget. At the same time, it is the budget that has to pay for the recreational load from Chinese tourists. During the meeting the Deputy Chairman of the Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs State Duma Committee Sergei Krivonosov got acquainted with the documents provided by the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

"The situation described by representatives of public organizations cannot contribute to the strengthening and development of partnership relations between Russia and China in the field of tourism", - said Sergei Krivonosov. According to the results of the verification of the provided information, in case of detection of facts of violation of the Russian Federation’s legislation, the parliamentarian will send the corresponding requests to the federal authorities.

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Reception of Gansu school delegation at the «Rainbow» Children's Wellness Camp
21.07.2019

On 21st  of July 2019, with the support of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, a Gansu Province schools delegation, headed by the President of the Gansu Province UNESCO Association Mr. Du Yongjun, met with the Children's Health Camp "Rainbow".

For the visit of the delegation, the pupils and teachers of "Rainbow" prepared an entertainment concert programme, held national master classes and organized open mutual play lessons for pupils from both countries. 

At the end of the entertainment part of the event, the President of the Gansu Province UNESCO Association Mr. Du Yongjun and the Head of the Children's Recreation Program of «Rainbow» Elena Galuza spoke to the students from Russia and the People's Republic of China, who noted the high interest and friendliness of the students to the cultures and mentality of their neighbors and expressed hope for the development of friendly relations between the participants of the event.

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association expresses personal gratitude to General Director of Children's Health Camp "Rainbow" Irina Golubeva for her assistance in organizing this event.

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«Storm of Victory» info-tour
29.06.2019
 
On 17th of July 2019 with the support of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, an information tour for representatives of the tourist community dedicated to the new tourist product «Storm of Victory» was organized.

New military-patriotic cultural and entertainment tour «Storm of Victory» is made for a differentiated range of segments of tourism services and products consumers and can be aimed at popularizing of the military, ideological and technological cultures of Russia. An open-air museum where you can touch and hold mock-ups of weapons, which our grandfathers and great-grandfathers used to protect the freedom and independence of our country.

Representatives of the Russian tourism industry were offered a set of reconstruction scenes, which introduced guests to the historical period of the World War 2 and gave them the opportunity to plunge into one of the most outstanding eras of the military achievements of our country, to unite with their colleagues in team work and feel themselves in the role of a soldier defending Leningrad. Crackers, imitation, fumes - all of this added reality.

At the end of the info-tour, the participants were given the opportunity to get acquainted with the authentic military field cuisine and individually, under the supervision of instructors, familiarize themselves with props and military equipment.

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"Russian Amber" Festival
29.06.2019
 

On 29th of June 2019 in “Jurassic amber park” in Otradnoe,  Kaliningrad region the Third Annual “Russian Amber Fest” was held by the «Russian Amber» Holding.

CEO of «Russian amber» Sergey Zaitsev named the main goal of the fest to be to return amber brand and status of the richest country with amber to Russia, which, unfortunately, is not an obvious fact for European and world partners. Also, the goals of the “Russian Amber fest” are to increase the attractiveness of the Kaliningrad region and Svetlogorsk in particular for guests of the region, as well as the development of event tourism.

During the Fest program, the Chairman of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Board Iurii Tsurkan announced the official launch of the implementation of the cultural and historical project "The Amber Route", designed to become a new milestone in the development of Russian tourism and amber industries and to give Russian tourist destinations and masters of Russian folk art to express themselves on the international arena.

The implementation of "The Amber Route"project is carried out on the basis of a creative initiative, which was confirmed by the establishment of three new achievements recorded by the Interrecord international record-registration agency: The Amber Park opened a new art object - an amber oak with a height of 7m. and 10cm., which recognized as the tallest sun stone tree in the world; through the efforts of the guests of the park, during the whole festival day, the largest amber globe appeared in the world, which will soon take the place of honor in one of the prominent places in the structure of the Russian Amber holding; and in the evening program of the festival, more than a thousand people witnessed the world's largest salute of 250kg. of amber.

The proposal to include "The Amber Route" project was sent by the project working group to the Federal Tourism Agency. The project participants and its partners hope for a positive decision of the Federal Tourism Agency.

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Hanseatic Forum for Cross-Border Cooperation “Way Towards”
28.06.2019
 

On 28th of June 2019 representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the Hanseatic Cross-Border Cooperation Forum “Towards way”, which took place as part of the XXXIX International Hanseatic Days of the New Time and IX Russian Hanseatic Days in Pskov, which were held from 27th to 30th of June.

During the events of the business program of the Forum, Deputy Executive Director of the Association and Coordinator of the cultural and historical project "The Amber Route" Kirill Beliakov-Donets held meetings with representatives of the Government of the Pskov, Novgorod and Kaliningrad regions, the International Hanseatic League and other representatives of the international tourism industry.

As part of his speech during the Panel session “Tourism as a non-resource sector of the economy. Export of tourism services and promotion on the foreign market”, moderated by the Association for Economic Interaction of the Subjects of the Russian Federation “Union for the Development of Tourism in the Russian Federation” Board’s Chairman Sergei Krivonosov, Beliakov-Donetsk Kirill said to those present information about the impending crisis in the field of servicing tourists from China who are arriving in Russia as part of the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000.

The main attention in his speech Kirill Beliakov-Donets paid to the cultural and historical project “The Amber Route”, which is currently underway, aimed at popularization of Russian tourist destinations and increase of the Russian tourism industry competitiveness on the international market. At the end of the presentation, the floor was given to the project participants: General Director of «Amber Park» Yan Sergeantov and to the Organizing Committee’s Chairman of the “Modern Heritage of Russia” Project Elena Tsvetkova.

 
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Interfax press conference "Russian-Chinese tourism: problems and prospects"
18.06.2019
 

On 18th of June the Russian-Chinese tourism problems press-conference was held in «Interfax-north-west» Info agency. The meeting was attended by expert Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism and Hospitality Industry Committee of "Delovaya Rossiya" Irina Semenova, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Board Iurii Tsurkan, Co-Chair of the "Regions" Associations Union of Road Carriers and Entrepreneurs Oleg Kuksov, General Director of Best Drive LLC. Kira Zhuravskaya, Advisor to the Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg Ilya Antonov.

Representatives of the tourism industry responded to the complexity and tension of the situation, in which Saint-Petersburg’s tourism administration has been taking a series of actions over the past month that could adversely affect the tourist flow from the Celestial Empire and bring the tourism market involved in serving tourists from China to decline.

Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism and Hospitality Industry Committee of "Delovaya Rossiya" Irina Semenova noted that in the interests of developing the tourism industry of Saint-Petersburg and Russia as a whole, it is necessary to establish a constructive dialogue between representatives of government and the business community in order to build the most effective system of strategic planning and development of the industry.

The participants also paid special attention to the specialized information system (SIS), the very use and existence of which causes discontent on the part of tour operators due to the fact that it actually exerts monopolistic pressure on Russian tour operators in terms of insurance coverage for tourists from China - a concept and principle not provided for by agreement. In the framework of the discussion of SIS, General Director of Best Drive LLC. Kira Zhuravskaya noted that it was the patronage by certain employees of specialized tourism administrations to this system that is the main reason for the dominance of illegal guide-translators of foreigners and the prosperity of shadow schemes in the Russian travel industry.

In conclusion, the experts unanimously expressed their hope for the development of a mutually respectful contact between business and government and for an early resolution of the existing problems in the field of Russian-Chinese tourist exchange.

 
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Press conference dedicated to the Lucky Air Kunming-Saint Petersburg flights launch
10.06.19
 

On 10th of June 2019 in Sofitel Hotel the presentation of regular direct flight between Saint-Petersburg and Kunmin, province Yunnan, China, was hosted by Lucky Air airline.

In this meeting the Deputy Director for Relations with Government Agencies and Public Relations of the Managing Company of Pulkovo Airport “The Air Gate of the Northern Capital” Dmitriy Pavshinskiy, Consul for Trade and Economic Affairs of the Consulate General of China in Saint-Petersburg, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Board Iurii Tsurkan and Managing Director of Hainan Airlines in Saint-Petersburg Mr. Meng Chen delivered a welcoming speech. A press conference and a drawing of memorable prizes were also held for representatives of the tourism community and the media.

According to the results of the first 4 months of 2019 direct passenger traffic between Saint-Petersburg and China increased by 73% compared to the same period in 2018 and amounted to 77 thousand passengers.

Lucky Air, a low-cost airline, is a subsidiary of the Chinese holding company HNA Group, which also includes Hainan Airlines, which has been operating direct flights between Saint-Petersburg and Beijing for 12 years.

Congratulations to all participants in the tourism market with a great new opportunity for business development with China.

 
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Moscow meeting with the Shandong Province Culture and Tourism Department delegation
07.06.2019 
 

On 7th of June in the course of its business mission, a delegation of Shandong province visited Moscow, the visit was dedicated to the celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and People’s Republic of CHina, organized with the participation of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

The delegation led by Deputy Head of the Shandong Province Culture and Tourism Department Mr. Zhang Kun, was attended by Deputy Director of the Jinan Culture and Tourism Bureau Mr. Sun Maotian and the leaders of the province's leading tourism organizations.

Ms. Gong Jiajia, Cultural Advisor to the Embassy of China in the Russian Federation, and Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov before the start of the events had a discussion regarding of promising areas of cultural and humanitarian cooperation of Shandong Province with the regions of the Russian Federation and partners of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting.

Welcoming speeches were addressed by Mr. Zhang Kun and Ms. Gong Jiajia, who spoke about the historical sights of the Confucius homeland, expressed confidence in the further development of friendly relations between our peoples and invited those present to visit China.

During the events, the participants attended the presentations of the tourism potential of Shandong Province and its capital Jinan, and the event resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between a member of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association «Rus-Inter» LLC. and Chinese partners.

At the end of the official part of the event, members of the Chinese delegation, accompanied by employees of the Chinese Embassy in the Russian Federation, visited «Panorama 360», the highest observation deck in Europe, where they enjoyed views of the capital and watched a demonstration film about the history of Moscow.

 
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Meeting with the Shandong Province Culture and Tourism Department delegation
06.06.2019
 

On 6th of June  at the time of plenary meeting of the heads of government delegations at the Expoforum of Saint-Petersburg, a meeting of representatives of the tourism industry of the Northern capital and a delegation of representatives of the tourist administration of Shandong province, China, lead by Deputy Head of the department of culture and tourism of Shandong province Mr. Zhan Kun was held.

In the course of business communication Co-Chair of the project implementation group of the SCO SC Secretariat Sergei Averin, «The Amber Route» project coordinator Kirill Beliakov-Donets and Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lizhin presented the delegation of Shandun province the main ideology and activities stipulated by the cultural and historical project "The Amber Route" and the international integration initiative "From the Baltic Sea to the Yellow Sea", identifying tourist and industrial clusters of the Kaliningrad Region and Weihai, city in Shandong province, China, in the role of the main starting points of «The Amber Route» project from the Russian and Chinese sides.

Representatives of the working group of «The Amber Route» project also submitted an official letter to the Deputy Head of the department of culture and Tourism of the Shandong Government in Shanghai, Mr. Zhan Kun, in which they invited him and the tourist community of Shandong province to take part in   «The Amber Route» project. During the business meeting, the delegation members expressed a desire to visit the Kaliningrad region in June this year and take part in the business programs of the Fourth International Economic Forum of the Amber Industry “Amberforum-2019” and the World Amber week “Ambersphere”.

During 3 days in Saint-Petersburg delegation members had couple of meetings with representatives of  the Saint-Petersburg business community, during which they discussed the establishment of relationships between representatives of the tourism industry, the conclusion of strategic partnership agreements between the enterprises of  two countries, and the opening of direct flights between the Shandong province and Saint-Petersburg.

 
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70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with the PRC
Russian-Chinese dialogue: "70 years: points of conjugation and growth"
16.05.2019
 

On 16th of May Russian-Chinese department of friendship, peace and development and the Russian-Asian united of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs held the Russian-Chinese Dialogue Forum: "70 years: points of conjugation and growth"

Among the organizers, speakers and experts of the forum were Ombudsman for the President of the Russian Federation for entrepreneur rights, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese Committee for friendship, peace and development Igor Titov, Head of the LDPR fraction in the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Vladimir Zhirinovsky, President of the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Vitaliy Mankevich, Advisor on Trade and Economic Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in the Russian Federation Mr. Li Jinyuan, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov, heads and representatives of federal executive bodies and legislative power, deputies of the State Duma, heads of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, representatives of Russian and Chinese entrepreneurs of the banking sector, associations and unions, journalists, guests.

The plenary session was devoted to the strategic direction of Russian-Chinese cooperation. Speakers in their speeches noted that the efforts of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinpin led to the establishment of strong long-term friendly relations between Russia and China, which resulted in the growth of mutually beneficial political, military and cultural-humanitarian cooperation, and in Economic cooperation mutual trade in 2018 amounted to 108 billion US dollars.

During this panel discussion the participants discussed issues of regional cooperation and opportunities for the development of trade and investment. The forum continued with a session on the introduction of Russian goods to the largest world market in China and thematic sessions on innovative issues of interfacing the Digital Silk Road and the digital economy and on attracting Chinese investment to the Russian market.

 
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I International Scientific and Practical Conference "Integration of tourism into the regional economic system: prospects and barriers"
in the framework of the "Tourism industry development in the context of global market" Forum
25-26.04.2019
 

On 25th and 26th of April events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Orel State University named of Ivan Turgenev were held in Orel. With the participation of the Ministry of science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Government of the Orel Region, the Orel Region Rospotrebnadzor Office, the Orel State University of  Ivan Turgenev, the Union of the Orel Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Development Cluster of the Orel Region, Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association the "Development of the Tourism Industry in the Context of Global Market Changes" Forum and the I International Scientific and Practical Conference "Integration of Tourism in the Economic system in the region: prospects and barriers" were held.

The events and activities of the Program Committee were attended by the Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov.

The plenary session was opened by Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Government of the Orel Region Vadim Tarasov, Deputy President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Safonov, Rector of the Orel State University of  Ivan Turgenev Olga Pilipenko.

Vladislav Loskutov addressed the participants with a welcoming speech and delivered a plenary report on the topic: “Promising areas of cultural and humanitarian cooperation between the regions and the People’s Republic of China”.

In his speech, Vladislav Loskutov emphasized that in the current conditions the region has the potential to expand interregional relations with the China and develop the tourism cluster as an important element of the non-resource sector of the economy in connection with the formation of the “Tourism Development Strategy until 2035” by the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

At the plenary session, reports were also presented by representatives of the Federation of restaurateurs and hoteliers of Russia, Moscow State University named of  Mikhail Lomonosov, Development Cluster of the Orel Region, Travel Business School, Orel Branch of RANEPA, Kuban State University, Orel State University of  Ivan Turgenev, Kazan Innovation University of Vasiliy Timiryasov, Russian International Academy of Tourism, etc., a seminar on outbound tourism programs and a round table on the problems of legal regulation and law enforcement practice sphere of tourist activity was held.

The conference continued in sections on the development of small and medium-sized businesses, international cooperation and the export of tourism services, creating a comfortable urban environment, professional competencies and standards, health tourism and creative industry in the region.

And the events ended with the performance of the theater studio "Juventa" of Orel State University of  Ivan Turgenev, visiting the exhibition "Architectural Sights and Cultural Heritage Sites of Russian Cities" and thematic excursions.

 
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XIV Annual Student Tourism Forum "Tourism and Its Transformation in the Digital Space"
11.04.2019 
 

On 11th of April the XIV Annual Student Tourism Forum "Tourism and its transformation in the digital space" was held at the Faculty of International Relations and Tourism of Moscow University of Humanities.

The forum was opened by the Vice-Rector of Moscow State University for Educational, International, Publishing and Further Education Evgeniy Bely, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations and Tourism of Moscow State University Galina Amrakhova and Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov, who also conveyed a welcoming speech from the Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Aleksei Konyushkov.

The forum was attended by representatives of the Dmidriy Likhachev Russian Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage, members of the International Tourism Academy, heads of leading Russian and international tourism enterprises, teachers and students of tourist universities.

The forum hosted a fair of vacancies in tourism professions organized for students by leading Russian tour operators, and a case-championship for student projects. According to the results of the championship, Chairman of the jury Vladislav Loskutov and representatives of Moscow State University awarded certificates to the forum participants and announced the winners, which this time became the team of the Moscow State Institute of Tourism Industry of Iurii Senkevich and the Faculty of International Relations and Tourism of Moscow State University.

Leading industry experts shared with students their experience in using modern information technologies and creating travel startups in the tourism industry.

The forum ended with a scientific-practical conference "Problems and Prospects for Digitalization of the Tourism Sphere in Russia".

 
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"Moscow Guide Day" City holiday
IV International Guides Conference "Guide in the XXI Century - Global Challenges and Effective Solutions"
15.03.2019
 

On 15th of March 2019 Moscow hosted the III annual city holiday “Moscow Guide Day” and the IV International guide and conference “Guide in the 21st Century - Global Challenges and Effective Solutions” organized by the Association of Guide-Translators and Russian Tourism managers and the Committee of Tourism in Moscow.

The events were attended by international experts, including representatives of the World and European federations of tourist guides, representatives of state authorities, experts and guides from Moscow and tourist centers of the Russian Federation regions, heads of professional tourist associations. The conference was attended by Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov.

During the events, master classes were held for guides, students, volunteers, a bus tour “Moscow of the 21st Century” was specially designed for the holiday, and at an international conference leading experts discussed problems and perspectives of tourism industry. Particular attention was paid to coordinate entrepreneurial activities in order to protect professional interests in the field of Russian-Chinese tourist exchanges, in connection with which the chairman of the Association «Safety Tourism» expressed special gratitude to Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association for the work carried out in this direction.

 
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First tourism industry championship
14-15.03.2019
 

From 14th till 15th of March the first All-Russian industry championship of professional excellence in tourism organized with the support of the Moscow Tourism Committee was held in Moscow City.

The opening ceremony of the championship was attended by the Head of the Tourism Department of the Moscow Tourism Committee Ekaterina Borisova, the Head of the Tourism Coordination Department Inessa Grig, the Head of the Hotel Management Department Aleksei Tikhnenko, heads of industry associations, tour operators, representatives of the hotel and tourism business, specialized higher and secondary special educational institutions.

The opening ceremony and the championship were attended by the Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov together with the partners of the Association - Moscow Humanitarian University.

The championship was held among juniors, college and university students and professional participants according to the World Skills methodology in the competencies of "Tour Operator Activity", "Travel Agent Activity" and "Organization of Excursion Services".

The launching of the championship, according to its participants, will enhance the status and standards of professional training and create a platform for combining the tourism industry and educational institutions.

 
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MITT-2019
12-14.03.2019
 

From 12th to 14th of March 2019 the annual XXVI International touristic exposition MITT-2019 was held in Moscow at the Expocentre.

The exhibition was supported by the Moscow Tourism Committee and gathered more than 1800 companies and representatives from 54 countries and 52 regions of Russia at its sites.

The exhibition was attended by Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov

The business program of the exhibition included numerous conferences, seminars, round tables and press conferences on pressing issues of development of the tourism industry.

 “Touristic information center. Ways to increase efficiency. The best Russian and foreign experience” a discussion and exchange of best foreign and Russian practices to improve the efficiency of the TIC began at the conference. Technology trends in the tourism sector were discussed at the MITT digital conference, where experts shared their practical experience in promoting online tours and technological automation of work.

Participants of the events could get acquainted with the educational program of the MITT Academy for representatives of travel agencies and specialists, attend the analytic session “Portrait of Russian Tourism”, the MICE seminar, the business session for hoteliers, panel discussions “Challenges and Shocks of Russian tourism market – «market shocks» and “Marketing in tourism, which is not there”, the foresight session“ Tourism-Business 2025-2030” and the thematic conference “MITT 365 - Diversification of Travel Products” and the culmination of the exhibition was the solemn ceremony of rewarding the bay with its participation.

During multilateral meetings with Russian and foreign partners of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, executive authorities of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as leading players in the tourism market, agreements were reached on cooperation and joint participation in promoting the best Russian tourist brands for the development of domestic and inbound tourism as well as expanding international cooperation and strengthening good neighborly relations with foreign partner countries.

 
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XIV International Tourist Exhibition "INTOURMARKET-2019"
09-11.03.2019
 

From 9th to 11th of March in «Crocus Expo» XIV international touristic exhibition «Intourmarket» was held, which traditionally brought together representatives from more than 70 regions of the Russian Federation and foreign participants and guests.

The exhibition was opened by Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government Olga Golodets, who noted that great attention is now being paid to the development of tourism, support and promotion of tourism products in order to open Russia to both Russian tourists and visitors.

The ceremony was attended by Chairman of the Federation Council’s Social Policy Committee Valerii Ryazansky and Deputy Chairman of the Committee Igor Fomin, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Sergei Galkin, Deputy Head of Federal Tourism Agency Aleksei Konyushkov, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov, Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Culture and Tourism of the PRC in the Russian Federation Ms. Wang Xiaosia, representatives of federal executive and legislative authorities, heads of tourism administrations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, associations and tour operators moat, public and political figures.

The All-Russian meeting on topical issues of tourism development in the Russian Federation discussed the results of the federal target program "Development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Russian Federation (2011 - 2018), the prospects for the introduction of electronic visas and the preparations for the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which will be held in Saint-Petersburg.

In a festive atmosphere, a number of cooperation agreements were signed between representatives of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and tourist associations, including the Agreement on the implementation of the federal project “Gastronomic Card of Russia” (new Federal Tourism Agency project of 2019) and the Agreement between the executive bodies of state power in sphere of tourism in Moscow, Tver, Novgorod and Leningrad regions on cooperation on the development of a new interregional project "Sovereign Road".

 
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45 International Exhibition "Hunting and Fishing in Russia" and the "Children's tourism as a tool for the formation of a healthy generation" round table
28.02-03.03.2019
 

From 28th February to 3rd of March 2019 45th International Exhibition "Hunting and fishing in Russia" was held in Moscow at VDNH with the support of the Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This is the largest exhibition in Russia and the world's leading exhibition traditionally has more than 900 Russian and foreign companies.

Within the framework of the exhibition, on 28th of February the Russian Federation Public Chamber held public hearings on the theme: "Children's tourism as a tool for creating a healthy generation". The round table and the opening ceremony of the exhibition were attended by the Head of the Commission of the Russian Federation Public Chamber for the development of public diplomacy, humanitarian cooperation and the preservation of traditional values ​​Elena Sutormina, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov, representatives of federal executive and legislative bodies, heads of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, public and political figures. Based on the results of the discussion, the Russian Federation Government will send recommendations on the development of children's tourism as a strategic direction for patriotic education, education and health of new generation.

 
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"The Amber Route" project's installation forum
19.02.2019
 

On 19th of February  the Installation Forum of the cultural-historical project "The Amber Route" was held in Saint-Petersburg in Russian Ethnographic Museum. Within the framework of Forum a series of round tables dedicated to the discussion of the prospects of implementing the project's tools in the tourist and near-tourist sphere was held.

The event was attended by Representative of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saint-Petersburg Vladimir Zapevalov, Co-Chair of the project implementation group of the SCO SC Secretariat Sergei Averin, Consul of the Consulate General of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexandra Alenova and Deputy Director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum Olga Botyakova.

The Forum was attended by representatives of the higher school, as well as experts from Saint-Petersburg, Leningrad, Kaliningrad, Tver, Novgorod regions, Chechen and Udmurtia Republics, and other regions of the Russian Federation.

At the beginning of the Forum, the Project Coordinator, Deputy Executive Director of the Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets made a presentation on the project concept and the basis of its implementation mechanism.

Within the framework of the round tables "Tourism" and "Amber Industry" the representatives of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, Saint-Petersburg State Budgetary Institution "City Tourist Information Bureau", Russian Ethnographic Museum, "Modern Heritage of Russia" Project, JSC "Kaliningrad Amber Factory", Public Organization "Amber Union", "Amber Park" made their reports, as well as representatives of the Solidarity Bank discussed the prospects of diversifying the event map of «The Amber Route» project, and prepared an expanded cultural and educational program of the project aimed at promoting the products and services complexes of the tourist business of the Russian Federation and Russia's tourist destinations.

During the Forum, agreements on cooperation were signed between Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and the "Amber Park" organization and the Fund for International Business Cooperation "Fund for International Innovative Programs".

 
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Prodexpo-2018
12.02.2019
 

On 12th of February within the framework of the 26th International Exhibition of Foodstuff, Drinks and Raw Materials for Their Production "PRODEXPO" the Annual Round Table "Russian Hospitality" was held in Moscow.

The round table was organized by the Federal Tourism Agency, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Russian State University of Tourism and Service and Expocentre JSC.

The event was attended by Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Vladimir Dmitriev, Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Department of State Tourism Projects and Tourism Security Evgeniy Kudelya, Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Exhibition, Fair and Congress Activities Department Ivan Korotin, Rector of the Russian State University of Tourism and Service Andrey Fedulin, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov, Vice-President of the Russian Restaurateurs and Hoteliers Federation Vladimir Bakanov, heads of Russian Federation Ministries, coordinators of the Federal Tourism Project "Gastronomic Map of Russia", representatives of the tourism industry and hospitality, invited guests.

The participants discussed the implementation of priority national projects and the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of  07.05.2018. No. 204 "On the national goals and strategic objectives of the development of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2024" in terms of the development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Russian Federation. The issues of promotion of regional gastronomic brands and routes to the tourist market, including the program "Gastronomic Map of Russia" were touched upon, and the results of the professional tourist competition "Gastronomic Experience/Taste Experience - 2018" were summed up.

 
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Celebration of the Chinese New Year in "Pulkovo" Airport
06.02.2019
 

On 6th of February representatives of the Association took part in the ceremony of the Chinese New Year at Pulkovo Airport. Welcoming speeches were made by Commercial Director of Pulkovo Airport Management Company “Northern Capital Gateway LLC” Evgeniy Ilyin, General Director of Saint-Petersburg Representative Office of Hainan Airlines Mr. Meng Cheng and Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lyzhin, , who reported on the success of Pulkovo Airport and the achievements made in developing regular and charter flights between Russia and China.

A rich entertainment program was organized for passengers and guests of Pulkovo Airport, which included master classes of tea ceremony and traditional Chinese painting, performances of dance and sports groups of Saint-Petersburg, as well as tasting of onboard catering by Hainan Airlines. The facade of Pulkovo airport was lit up in red in honor of the holiday.

In 2018, Pulkovo Airport operated regular direct flights to such Chinese cities like Beijing, Nanjing, Xi'an, Urumqi, Wuhan, Haikou, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Shanghai, as well as charter flights to Guangzhou and Shanghai.

In December of 2016, the airline will be operating a charter flight to Guangzhou and Shanghai. Pulkovo became the first Russian airport to receive a Welcome Chinese certificate from the Chinese Academy of Tourism. Saint-Petersburg's air harbour introduced services for passengers in Chinese (scoreboards, sound alerts, WeChat and UnionPay payment options, etc.) and confirmed its compliance with high standards of service quality for Chinese travelers.

According to the results of voting within the framework of the "Air Gateway of Russia" award, passengers named Pulkovo the best airport in Russia for three consecutive years (2016-2018).

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Meeting with the Entrepreneurs' rights protection Comissioner
26.01.2019
 

On 26th of January a meeting of the Commissioner under the President of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov, the Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg Alexandr Abrosimov with experts in the tourism industry, with the participation of representatives of the All-Russian Public Organization "Business Russia", including the Chairman of Saint-Petersburg "Business Russia" Dmitriy Panov and the Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism and Hospitality Industry Committee of "Delovaya Rossiya" Irina Semenova was held in the hotel "Ambassador".

The event was also attended by Chairman of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Associatio’s Board Iurii Tsurkan, President of the Association of Chinese Language Translators of Saint-Petersburg Victoria Bargacheva, Candidate of Historical Sciences Konstantin Yakhontov and media representatives.

In the course of a rich and fruitful meeting, the participants discussed the development of Russian-Chinese visa-free group tourism trips, analyzed the economic activities of travel agencies, as well as identified the main problems currently existing in the tourism industry in this segment.

At the end of the event, it was decided to send an official letter from the experts of "Business Russia" and the Office of the Commissioner in Saint-Petersburg to Boris Titov, which will outline the main issues that deserve special attention.

 
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"Ji'an days in Saint-Petersburg"
24.01.2019
 

On 24th of January within the framework of the project "Jian Days in Saint-Petersburg", timed to coincide with the solemn event "Chinese New Year - Spring Festival in Saint-Petersburg", there was held the "Presentation of the city of Jian: Culture, Tourism, Trade", organized by the Government of Saint-Petersburg, the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg, the Chinese Business Center and the Russian-Chinese Association for Research and Development of the Strategy "One Belt - One Road".

In the course of business communication with colleagues from Russia and China, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association presented a new Russian cultural-historical project in the field of tourism "The Amber Route", implemented in the framework of the strategy "One Belt - One Way" and designed to give a new impetus to the development of comprehensive international relations, particularly in the tourism sector, throughout the trans-Eurasian space.

"The Amber Route" has arised interest especially among Chinese colleagues, who appreciated the high potential and prospects for increasing tourist exchange between the two countries through large-scale implementation of the project in both Russian and Chinese space.

 
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Opening of JSC "Kaliningrad Amber Plant" representative office in Moscow
21.01.2019
 

On 21th of January representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the opening ceremony of the Representative Office of JSC "Kaliningrad Amber Factory" in the Greenwood Business Park in Moscow.

The event presented the activities of Russia's only enterprise, which is engaged in industrial mining and processing of amber, as well as jewelry and new exclusive collections of the plant's subsidiary - "Amber Jewellery".

"Kaliningrad Amber Factory has a unique raw material base - 90% of the world's 50 million year old mineral reserves are concentrated near the village of Yantarny. The reserves of the Primorskoye deposit are estimated at 116 thousand tons.

In 2013, the Kaliningrad Amber Factory was transferred under the management of ROSTECH State Corporation. As a result of comprehensive modernization of production processes, equipment upgrade and efficient management in 2018, the plant produced a record 500 tons of the world's best Baltic amber and 17 unique nuggets weighing from 1 kilogram.

The company carries out its production activities in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation and the Strategy for the Development of the Amber Industry of the Russian Federation, approved by a decree of the Government of the Russian Federation.

The Representative Office of Kaliningrad Amber Factory in Moscow was established in order to create a platform for quality cooperation in the framework of cooperation and strengthening trade relations with Russian and foreign partners, as well as to enter new markets.

Representatives of the authorities and businesses of Russia, China, India, Malaysia, UAE, Qatar and other countries were invited to the opening ceremony.

 
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Gaidar forum
15-17.01.2019 
 

From 15th to 17th  of January the X anniversary forum of Gaidar 2019: "Russia and the world: national development goals and global trends was held in Moscow in the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (RANEPA).

The Forum was attended by the Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov.

This significant political and economic event, called "Russian Davos", gathered influential experts from all over the world, leading scientists and politicians, representatives of financial and business circles, who influence the socio-economic development of regions and states with their advanced achievements.

The Forum Organizing Committee was headed by the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Anton Siluanov, and the Program Committee was headed by the Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation Andrei Kudrin.

Chairman of the Russian Federation Government Dmitry Medvedev made a key presentation at the plenary discussion of the forum "National Development Goals and Global Trends".

The expert discussion "Trends in the sphere of hospitality in Russia: challenges, expectations, reality" was attended by the President of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers of Russia, Dean of the Faculty of Hospitality of the Russian Academy of Agriculture and Public Administration Igor Bukharov, Vice-President of the Federation Vladimir Bakanov, Vice-President of the Federation, Managing Partner of Hotel Management Alliance Vadim Prasov, representatives of the professional and business community. The discussion focused on the impact of global events on the development of hospitality and the index of business activity in this area, the legacy of Russia after the World Cup, gastronomic brands of the regions and the experience of catering at public events.

In the course of the forum's events, Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov also held meetings with the heads of the Russian Federation's regions, government authorities and professional associations in the field of hospitality and tourism, where he discussed promising interaction and cooperation on the Association's projects "The Amber Route", "Great Tea Road", "Red Route".

 
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Summing up the year of Russian-Chinese cooperation
19.12.2018
 

On 19th of December the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development and the Russian-Asian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RASPP) in cooperation with the Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Russia organized a reception dedicated to "Summing up the results of the year of Russian-Chinese cooperation - 2018", held under the aegis of the "40 years of reform and openness policy" in Moscow.

The Chairman of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development, the Presidential Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov, Plenipotentiary Minister, Counsellor for Trade and Economic Affairs of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation, Mr. Li Jingyuan, who read the welcome address on behalf of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Li Hui, Director of the First Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Grigoriy Zinoviev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian-Chinese Committee, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Dmitriy Kiselev, Chairman of the Media Council of the Russian-Chinese Committee Mr. Zhou Liqun, Chairman of the Union of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Russia Mr. Fan Weigo, Director of the Asia-Europe Bureau of the Xinhua News Agency, representatives and heads of the Russian Federation constituent entities, federal executive authorities, deputies of the State Duma, heads of the largest public and private corporations The Russian-Chinese Association was represented at the reception by the Chairman of the Commission on International Affairs Vladislav Loskutov.

The event summed up the results of business cooperation between Russia and China in 2018, discussed the directions of foreign policy of our countries on the basis of the results of the new presidential terms of Vladimir Putin and Mr. Xi Jinping, as well as measures to coordinate efforts in the current difficult geopolitical environment.

The participants noted the positive dynamics of the development of relations between Russia and China and the strengthening of friendship between two nations, which is greatly facilitated by the instruments of popular diplomacy.

In the course of the event, bilateral meetings and exchange of views were held on current directions of cultural and humanitarian cooperation and promising projects implemented by Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, one of which is the revival of "The Amber Route".

 
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Summing up the annual Association's activities
17.12.2018

On 17th of December the final meeting of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took place in Moscow at the AZIMUT Smolenskaya Hotel. The meeting was devoted to the discussion of the results of activities of the Association members and partners in the Russian-Chinese visa-free tourist segment and other areas.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Tourism Committee of Moscow, the Permanent Mission of the Komi Republic to the President of the Russian Federation, the Representative Office of the Ulyanovsk region to the Government of the Russian Federation, the Association of guides and tour managers of Moscow, the Moscow Humanitarian University, as well as representatives of tourist, transport, financial, credit, jewelry and other organizations involved in tourism.

In the main part of the meeting Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin presented the results of the Association's activities in 2018, as well as the main achievements in the field of Russian-Chinese humanitarian cooperation.

Also the presentation of a new cultural and historical project in the field of tourism "The Amber Route", designed to expand and diversify the Russian range of tourist goods and services, as well as to develop the image of Russia in the international tourism market, made by Association’s Deputy Executive Director Kirill Beliakov-Donets.

In the solemn part of the event the honorary diplomas and letters of thanks of the Association members and partners were honored.

At the end of the event, numerous negotiations and discussions took place within the framework of secular conversations, as well as discussions on the upcoming activities in 2019 to develop the Russian tourism industry.

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Russian-Chinese Tourism Promoting Association's members General Meeting
13.12.2018
 

On 13th of December in the "Big Restaurant Qin" Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association held a General Meeting of the Association's members to sum up the results of 2018 and a solemn event dedicated to the third anniversary of the Association and the celebration of the New Year 2019.

The event was attended by heads of tourism industry organizations in Russia, as well as companies operating in tourism and other sectors of the Russian economy. Among the honored guests were representatives of the Government of Saint-Petersburg, the State Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, the Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for Saint-Petersburg, the Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the Association of Cruise Market Participants, the Association of Automobile Carriers, the Association of Chinese Language Translators in Saint-Petersburg, the Association of Tourist and Excursion Enterprises and Organizations and many others.

The Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan delivered a welcoming speech, his speech was continued by the Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin, who informed the audience about the results and achievements of the Association over the past year. There was also a solemn awarding ceremony for members and partners, whose contribution to the Association's activities and the tourism industry in Russia was most felt in 2018.

At the end of the official part of the event, the Deputy Executive Director of the Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets presented the results of the development and promotion of the cultural-historical project "The Amber Route" coordinated by the Association.

The participants of the event had an opportunity to evaluate the Association's activity for the past period, to discuss the plans of joint activity for 2019, as well as just to communicate and congratulate each other on the coming New Year in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

 

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International Russian-Chinese Forum "Events for exchanges and cooperation between China and Russia in the field of Red Tourism-2018"
19-25.11.2018
 
During his working trip along the “Red route” of Shandong Province from 19th to 25th of November the Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov as a member of the delegation of the Russian Federation took part in the Forum "Events for exchanges and cooperation between China and Russia in the field of Red Tourism-2018", which was held on 22nd of November in the urban district of Lignyi.

Among the honored guests of the forum were the Press Attaché of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China Aleksey Kalinjuk, the Deputy Head of the Representative Office of the Ulyanovsk Region to the Government of the Russian Federation Boris Levchenko, the Official Representative of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the Government of Moscow Maria Pasuginova, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development Vitaliy Mankevich, the President of the National Union of Nonprofit Organizations Andrey Aigistov, other officials.

The Deputy Director of the Bureau of International Exchanges and Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China Mr. Li Jiangang, Deputy Mayor of the People's Government of Linya Ms. Zhang Yulan, and the Press attache of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China, Aleksey Kalinuk, addressed the audience with welcoming speeches.

Within the framework of the Russian-Chinese Forum "Events for exchanges and cooperation between China and Russia in the field of Red Tourism-2018" a number of cooperation agreements were signed between tour operators of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China. The Russian party of the agreements was represented by a partner company of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association - "Northern Lights Tour".

During the Forum, agreements on universal promotion of Red tourism were signed.

During the meeting the issues of bilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere were discussed. Vladislav Loskutov informed the representatives of the People's Government of Jinan about the results of the 19th meeting of the Russian-Chinese Commission on Humanitarian Cooperation and the prospects of cooperation between the regions of China and subjects of the Russian Federation during the period of 2018-2019 of Russian-Chinese interregional cooperation. They discussed the issues of improving the quality and safety of tourist services for citizens of the two countries and the prospects for the development of new tourist routes such as the Association’s "The Amber Route" project.

 
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International Tourist Forum SIFT 2018
23.11.2018
 

On 23rd of November a representative of the Association took part in the Annual International Forum "Tourism Security - South", held within the framework of the International Tourism Forum SIFT 2018 in Sochi from 22nd to 23rd of November.

In the course of his speech Deputy Executive Director of the Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets made a report on the aspects of ensuring the safety of tourists from China visiting the main tourist destinations of Russia, and also brought to the attention of the present visitors and participants of the forum the information on the current situation in the market of the Russian-Chinese visa-free tourist exchange in the context of the ongoing substitution of the concepts of "safety" and "insurance".

In the course of business communication the Advisor to the Head of Federal Tourism Agency Vladimir Yashchenko, the Chairman of the Association "Tourism Security" Sergei Gruzd and the Deputy Executive Director of the Association Kirill  Beliakov-Donets came to an agreement on the necessity of cooperation in the sphere of bringing the security sphere into the framework of the real legislation of the Russian Federation and the bilateral Agreement between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on cooperation in the sphere of tourism.

 

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“Amber Route” Project at CITM-2018
16.11.-18.11.2018

 

From 16th to 18th of November the largest tourism exhibition of the Asia-Pacific region CITM-2018 was held in Shanghai, China.

During the exhibition the new cultural and historical project "The Amber Route", created with the participation of JSC "Kaliningrad Amber Plant", Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and with the support of the Government of the Kaliningrad region was presented. According to official data, “The Amber Route” stand took the third place at the exhibition in terms of attendance among other projects and companies presented.

In the course of the exhibition, “The Amber Route” stand widely covered the activities of the participants, demonstrated video clips of the Pulkovo Airport, the Kaliningrad Amber Museum, the Vega Izmailovo Hotel and the “Russian Amber” Holding, held master classes on making amber jewelry and held thematic competitions with numerous symbolic prizes.

The stand was also visited by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People's Republic of China Mr. Yu Qun, who gave a positive assessment of the project and expressed hope for further cooperation and participation in “The Amber Route” project. Subsequently, Mr. Yu Qun was presented with an amber painting "Amber Way" made by Kaliningrad masters specially for this occasion.

Special attention was drawn to the fashion show of an exclusive collection of Kaliningrad masters, which took place in the framework of the presentation of "The Amber Route" project on 17th of November. The event was attended by representatives of more than 15 mass media, and the video about the presentation was shown on Shanghai TV. The presentation was also attended by a representative of the Ministry of the Chechen Republic for Tourism, who wished success to our promising project.

Within the framework of the exhibition numerous meetings of the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan with the representatives of the tourism business of the Russian Federation were held, new agreements on cooperation were reached and contacts were expanded, including with the largest Chinese companies.

According to the results of the exhibition “The Amber Route” stand took the third place in terms of attendance, which can be regarded as an undoubted success. The stand was organized by the Moscow company «Krasnaya Zvezda». Participants of the exhibition noted attentive attitude of organizers, high quality of organization of workplaces and events.

On behalf of the Association, we express our gratitude to all the participants of "The Amber Route" stand and hope for mutually beneficial cooperation in the future.

We also express our sincere gratitude to volunteers, students of Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, for their assistance during the events.

 
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"Promotion of Russian cinema for tourists from Asia as part of their stay in Saint-Petersburg" Round table
16.11.2018

 

On 16 thof November the Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin and Deputy Director of the Association Kirill  Beliakov-Donets took part in the "Promotion of Russian cinema for tourists from Asia within the framework of their stay in Saint-Petersburg" round table held within the framework of the Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism and Hospitality Industry Committee of "Delovaya Rossiya" Irina Semenova, General Director of the Moscow Hotel Elena Mishutina and Expert Consultant of the Lenfilm Studio Aleksandr Pozdnyakov also took part in the event as honorary guests and experts.

In the course of their speeches the representatives of the Association informed the participants of the round table about motivational triggers of tourists from Asia within the framework of their stay in Russia and, in particular, in Saint-Petersburg, which caused a lively discussion about the attractiveness of Russian film studios as the objects of the show, as well as about the compliance of the offer of Russian cinema with the demand of Asian cinema audiences and the qualitative development of domestic cinema.

 

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Meeting of the PRC Secondary Schools Directors Delegation and the Saint-Petersburg Association of Gymnasiums
15.11.2018
 

On 15th of November with the assistance of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, a meeting was held between the Delegation of Directors of Secondary Schools of the People's Republic of China, headed by the Deputy Head of the Department of Teaching Work of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, and representatives of the Saint-Petersburg Gymnasium Association, headed by the Chairman of the Association and Director of Gymnasium #271 Liudmila Spiridonova.

Within the framework of the meeting the Chairman of Saint-Petersburg Gymnasium Association Liudmila Spiridonova acquainted the guests with the modern Russian system of primary and secondary education, told about the possibilities of the Association and its activity in the sphere of improving the quality of secondary schools and the educational process. The parties discussed the existing differences between Russian and Chinese educational institutions, as well as modern methods in the field of education, implemented in Russia and China.

At the end of the event, the members of the Delegation expressed their hope for further cooperation with the Saint-Petersburg Gymnasium Association in the field of education and exchange of experience, as well as thanked the Association of Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism for the organization of the meeting and contribution to the development of relations between Russia and China in various fields.

 

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Saint-Petersburg sport forum
26.10.2018
 

On 26th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the Saint-Petersburg Sports Forum 2018, held at the Azimut Hotel, co-organized by the All-Russian Public Organization "Business Russia".

As part of the business program dedicated to tourism and the FIFA-2018 World Cup, Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan and the Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin, in the framework of the case study "Sports Tourism and the role of the Hospitality Industry" (curated by "Business Russia"), took part in a lively discussion on maintaining the level of tourism infrastructure, created for the events of FIFA-2018, and the development of existing complexes and tools in the field of hospitality and the legislative framework.

 

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"Red route" and "LRP" projects' info-tour
25.10.2018
 

On 25th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the info-tour organized by the Committee of the Leningrad Region on Tourism and the Tourist Information Center of the Leningrad Region, dedicated to the "Red Route" and the places of activity of Vladimir Lenin within the framework of the project "Life of wonderful people".

As part of the info-tour dedicated to the anniversary of the October Revolution, the participants went to Vyborg on the retro train "Swan", visited the main sights of the city associated with the name of Vladimir Lenin.

During the conference, dedicated to the prospects of development and expansion of the pool of destination projects "Red Route" and "LWP" Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin brought to the attention of the participants of the event the nuances of promotion and proposals for the implementation of the "Red Route", as well as acquainted those present with the specifics of servicing tourists from China. Deputy Director of the Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets, presented to the participants of the info-tour cultural-historical “The Amber Route” project, implemented by the Association with the support of JSC "Kaliningrad Amber Plant", aimed at marketing and information support of the existing Russian tourist projects in the Russian-Chinese tourist market.

The presentation of the Association's representatives aroused keen interest on the part of the conference participants. As a result of the event, agreements were reached on cooperation in the regions in order to promote their tourism potential.

 

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IV SCO and BRICS Small Business Forum
18-19.10.2018
 

From 18th to 19th of Ocrober with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the SCO Business Council, the IV Forum of Small Businesses of the SCO and BRICS member states took place in Ufa. The Forum, which has already become an annual event, was attended by representatives of 24 countries and 49 Russian regions.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Bashkortostan Rustem Mardanov delivered a welcoming speech at one of the main events of the Forum - the plenary session "Prospects of development and cooperation of small business in the SCO region and Brix". The session was moderated by the President of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry Anton Fazilayev.

The plenary session was attended by heads of the expert community and foreign delegations. Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was represented by the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan, as well as member organizations of the Association.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan took part as a speaker at the Round Table "International Tourism - a Factor of Unification of Territories, Culture, People", within the framework of the discussion the problems and prospects of development of the tourist market of the Russian Federation were touched upon, and also the cultural and historical project of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association "The Amber Route", implemented by the Association and representatives of the amber industry of the Kaliningrad region, was presented. During the discussion, the participants of the Round Table expressed their keen interest in “The Amber Rout” project.

In the margins of the Forum the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan held meetings with the Director of the Department of Internal Trade Development, Digital Labeling of Goods and Legalization of Products of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Nikolay Kuznetsov and the Executive Secretary of the Business Council of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Sergey Kanayevsky, as well as with representatives of other agencies and organizations, both Russian and foreign.

 

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Meeting with the Anhui province delegation
17.10.2018
 

On 17th of October Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association in cooperation with the Russian-Chinese Business Center held a meeting with a delegation from Anhui Province, China.

In the course of the business meeting the issues of development of tourist exchange between Russia and China and, in particular, between Saint-Petersburg and Anhui province, prospects of increasing diplomatic and business contacts in the sphere of cooperation on the development of mutually beneficial relations in investment, cultural, economic and infrastructural spheres were discussed.

Head of the Department of the People's Government Chancellery of Anhui Province Mrs. An Jun noted the importance of raising awareness of tourists from both China and Russia about the presence of tourist destinations rich in their cultural and historical heritage.

Ms. Ahn Jun also invited the Association and its partners to return the visit to Anhui province within the framework of the exchange of business contacts. The Chairman of the Association's Board, who was present at the event, expressed his gratitude to the tourism community of Anhui province and invited them to visit the stand of the Association "The Amber Route", which will present new projects in the field of tourism and related industries during the international tourism exhibition CITM-2018, which will be held in Shanghai, China from 16th to 18th November 2018.

 

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INWETEX CIS-TRAVEL MARKET
11-12.10.2018
 

On 11th of October representatives of the Association took part in the opening ceremony and in the annual INWETEX CIS-TRAVEL MARKET tourism exhibition held at the ExpoForum exhibition centre.

Within the framework of the working program, representatives of the Association held negotiations with representatives of tourist administrations and tourism industry enterprises of the Russian Federation and reached agreements on cooperation in the field of Russian-Chinese visa-free tourist exchange and development of a new cultural and historical project "The Amber Route", implemented by the Association with the participation of JSC "Kaliningrad Amber Plant".

In the course of the solemn events provided for by the business program of the exhibition, the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan and the President of the Association of Cruise Market Participants Igor Rurikovich signed the General Agreement on cooperation, according to which the synergy of resources of both Associations is provided for in the interests of common goals and objectives aimed at improving the tourism industry of Russia and increasing its competitiveness.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan and Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin took part in the master class "Specifics of reception of Indian, Asian, Israel, Chinese and Middle Eastern tourists", as well as in the round table "Chinese tourist flow as a challenge and "expert" for the domestic hospitality and tourism industry".

 

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The MICE day
10.10.2018
 

On 10th of October the All-Russian MICE Day was held in the Congress Centre of PJSC ITC, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

The forum was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council's Committee on Social Policy Igor Fomin, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Mikhail Fateev, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Iurii Barzykin, Head of the Department of State Tourism Projects and Tourism Security of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Iurii Barzykin, Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Turcan and Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov, heads of tourism administrations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and major tour operators of the Russian Federation.

During the forum the issues of congress and exhibition events as an effective tool for the development of the regions, the formation of the industry of events, the analysis of the potential of the regions, the strategy of development of business tourism and professional education for specialists of the MICE-industry were discussed.

A practical session on modern creative technologies and a thematic workshop with the participation of regional representatives, customers and suppliers of the MICE-industry was held, the results of the final stage of the MICE-battle of the Russian regions for the special prize MICE Award 2018 were summed up, and the IX Russian Business Travel & MICE Award ceremony was held.

Multilateral meetings of the Association's representatives with the heads and representatives of the state legislative and executive authorities, tourism organizations and specialized associations, regional administrations and the business community took place in the fields of the Forum.

As a result of the forum, Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and the Medical Tourism Association of Russia reached an agreement on cooperation, cooperation and support in the relevant areas of activity.

 

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International day of tourism in Moscow Humanitarian University
27.09.2018

 

The Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin took part in the events dedicated to the World Tourism Day and organized by the Moscow Humanitarian University. Below is the press release of the Association's partner - Moscow State University.

The Faculty of International Relations and Tourism, the Department of Tourism and Hotel Business held an event dedicated to the World Tourism Day. In 1979, this international holiday was established by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which has the status of a specialized agency of the United Nations. In 2018 it is held under the motto: "Tourism and its transformation in the digital space".

The celebration of the World Tourism Day has a more than ten-year tradition at the faculty. Every year on this day, representatives of the tourism industry are invited to the faculty with presentations and master classes for students.

The Dean of the Faculty of Galina Amrakhova opened the event and congratulated the students and teachers on the international holiday. Noting the mutual influence of international politics and development of the tourism sector, she wished the students success in their chosen profession and the application of their knowledge in order to develop the industry. Associate Professor of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Evgeniy Nikolaev, who has more than twenty years of experience in the tourism industry, spoke about the traditions of celebrating World Tourism Day in Russia. Senior Lecturer of the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Tatiana Grigorieva demonstrated a presentation introducing students to the possibilities of digitalization in tourism, aimed at the introduction of innovations to ensure growth and sustainable development of this sector of the economy. The presentation presented UNWTO events aimed at sharing knowledge among the entire tourism innovation ecosystem.

Taking into account the current trends in the international tourism market and the language specialization of the students, the Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lyzhin was invited to the meeting with the students. In his master class Roman Lyzhin demonstrated the importance of exporting tourism services to the Russian economy and stated the mutual interest of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China in strengthening long-term cooperation on a parity basis. The purpose of the Association is to coordinate business activities, promote the expansion of Russian-Chinese exchange in the field of tourism and create a positive image of Russia. Having told about the directions of the Association's work, Roman Lyzhin invited students for practical training and possible further employment.

The topic of digitalization of the tourism industry was reflected in the presentations of the guests of the event. Executive Director for International Relations of the Russian Financial Society Sergey Kochergin spoke about the new Russian mobile payment system called Sendy and about new payment technologies and their application in the field of international tourism in Russia. Sendy provides acceptance of payments from electronic wallets not only from Russian tourists, but also from Chinese tourists, as Sendy is a partner of WeChat Pay in receiving payments. Connection to Sendy on accepting non-cash payments for tourist services allows to increase the income of tourism enterprises.

Every year, representatives of the STAR Travel agency, which specializes in education and employment programs for young people abroad, come to congratulate the students of our faculty. Head of the Department of Business Development Natalia Lukanova and Department Manager Victoria Belyaeva told the students about the specifics of work in the tourism industry, the opportunities for internships and employment in the company, as well as the peculiarities of internships abroad, learning foreign languages, international student exchange programs. Natalia Lukanova answered the questions of the students and presented the most active participants of the meeting with company souvenirs.

At the end of the event, the representatives of the tourism industry received letters of gratitude. The guests expressed their gratitude for the invitation and their intentions to continue cooperation with the university. Such events allow the students to better understand how the theoretical knowledge they acquire during their studies at the university is implemented in business practice, and the teachers to get "first-hand" up-to-date information about the requirements of employers for graduates.

 

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International Shenzhen Forum dedicated to the 40th anniversary of China's reform and openness policy
26-28.09.2018

From 26th to 28th of September Deputy Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Kirill  Beliakov-Donets, at the invitation of the Director of the Center for Municipal People's Government Development of Shenzhen Mr. Wu Sikang, took part in the International Forum dedicated to the 40th anniversary of China's reform and openness policy, held in Shenzhen.

The events were attended by representatives of the legal, tourist, educational, industrial and other spheres of the world community, as well as representatives of the government of Shenzhen and the Communist Party of the People's Republic of China.

Within the framework of the panel discussion "Creating a Community for the Common Welfare of the Humanity", Deputy Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets acted as a speaker and presented the Association's opinion and vision on further international cooperation in the field of tourism to the participants, as well as entered into a dialogue with representatives of the Chinese tourism community on bringing Russian-Chinese tourism exchange within the framework of the Russian and Chinese legislation.

In the course of business communication the current results of the Association's activity were also presented in the context of creation and promotion of tourist routes and brands implemented by the Association and its partners, aimed at popularization of Russian tourist destinations, special attention was paid to the cultural and historical project in the field of tourism "The Amber Route".

Deputy Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets invited the participants of the forum to visit “The Amber Route” stand, which will be presented at the largest tourism exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region - CITM-2018 in November 2018.

 

XVIII All-Russian Restaurateurs and Hoteliers Summit. I All-Russian Hospitality Summit
"Hotels of Russia - life before, during and after the World Championship 2018" Conference
24-27.09.2018
 

The XVIII All-Russian Summit of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers PIR Expo 2018 was held in Moscow at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre from 24th to 27th of September and the First All-Russian Hospitality Summit.

This key event of the year in the field of hospitality attracted 45 thousand visitors, 614 companies, 256 events, conferences, forums, seminars, workshops, trainings, competitions, business games were held at the stands of the international exhibition and specialized venues.

The main event was the I All-Russian Summit of the hospitality industry, with a welcome letter to the participants of which the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, who noted the growth in the quality of services of restaurateurs and hoteliers and the importance of increasing the tourist attractiveness of Russia.

On 24th of September the leading representatives of tourism and hotel business gathered at the round table at the Conference "Hotels of Russia - life before, during and after the World Cup 2018".

The conference was moderated by the Vice-President of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers Vadim Prasov, among the speakers were the Member of the Federation Council for Social Policy Igor Fomin, Head of the Hotel Industry Department of the Committee for Tourism of Moscow Aleksey Tikhinenko, Advisor to the President of the Federation of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers on migration and registration Elena Railian, Executive Director of the Kazan Association of Hotels of the Republic of Tatarstan Anna Ivanova, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region Andrey Ermak.

Conference participants discussed the problems identified during the World Cup 2018, the development of destinations to increase the flow of tourists, the effective preparation of hotels for large-scale events in the future, discussed statistics on the results of the World Cup.

During the discussion Vladislav Loskutov and Aandrey Ermak informed the participants about the project "The Amber Route" implemented by the Association in partnership with the Government of the Kaliningrad region and the directions of cooperation to increase the quality tourist flow from the People's Republic of China to the Kaliningrad region.

 

On 25th of September within the framework of the 18th All-Russian Summit of Restaurateurs and Hoteliers "PIR EXPO - 2018" held in the Moscow International Exhibition Centre Crocus Expo and the First All-Russian Summit of the Hospitality Industry, the "Moscow Hotel Complex Business Forum" was held, organized by the Moscow Tourism Committee.

This significant annual event in the hospitality industry traditionally gathered leading representatives of the professional community.

The event was opened by Head of the Hotel Industry Department of the Moscow Tourism Committee Aleksey Tikhinenko, who told the audience about the results of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow and the priorities of the hotel industry development in Moscow.

In his speech Aleksey Tikhinenko emphasized that citizens of the People's Republic of China among non-CIS countries took the first place in the number of tourist arrivals at the World Cup 2018. The total number of arrivals amounted to 223.2 thousand people, which is 20% higher than last year's figures for the same period.

The forum discussed the issues of classification of hotels and accreditation of organizations that carry out their classification, information support of the activities of hotels and other accommodation facilities, training and development of trade union associations for the hotel sector, tourism development strategy in Moscow and special accommodation facilities.

One of the important issues discussed at the forum was the issues of ensuring the safety of tourism. Chairman of the Board of the Association "Tourism Security" Sergey Gruzd informed about it in his report and pointed out in his speech the Chairman of the Board of the Association for Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism Iurii Tsurkan, who mentioned the positive experience of cooperation with law enforcement agencies and tourist police of Moscow.

In his video interview Iurii Tsurkan also thanked the Moscow City Government for the support provided by the city authorities for the development of domestic and incoming tourism and wished the professional community success and prosperity.

 
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Meeting with the "China Aerospace Science and Industry" delegation
and the "Technology and materials research" Department SPbPU
27.09.2018

On 27th of September with the support of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, a series of scientific lectures was held at the site of the Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University of Peter the Great, organized for the delegation of "Chinese Aerospace Science and Industry", Hubei Province, China.

The delegation visited the Department of "Technology and Materials Research",  the leading scientific staff of the Department held lectures for them and demonstrated scientific research and achievements in the field of manufacturing of various materials and structures. Also, the distinguished guests were given tours of the laboratories of the Research and Chemical Corps, familiarized with the domestic equipment for the production of materials and told about their scientific activities. The parties also discussed directions and opportunities for further cooperation in the scientific sphere.

The participants of the meeting expressed gratitude to the Association for Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism for their assistance in organizing and conducting the event.

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International Russian Tourist Forum and Exhibition "Leisure-2018"
11-13.09.2018

On 11th of September the 24th International Tourism Exhibition "Rest-2018", which brought together about 900 participants from 50 countries, opened in Expocentre in Moscow.

The opening ceremony was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Krivonosov, Member of the Committee for Social Policy of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Igor Fomin, Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Alexey Konyushkov, Director of the Department for Regional Development and Priority Projects of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Oleg Dyadkov, Executive Director of ATOR Maya Lomidze, President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Sergey Shpilko, , and Chairman of the Association’s Board Iurii Tsurkan.

During three days, about 50 thematic conferences, round tables and meetings were held at ten Forum venues.

The Committee on Tourism of “Business Russia” organized a round table on the theme: "Prospects of industrial tourism development in the Russian Federation", moderated by the Chairman of the Committee Elena Krivenkova. The Russian Hotel Association held a seminar on key issues of hotel industry development. The 14th International Conference on Medical and Health Tourism, the round table on children's tourism, the discussion panel on the prospects of the national tourist route "Golden Ring of Russia" was deployed, the official launch of the portal "Silver Necklace" and the presentation of the national tourist project "Imperial route", implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation took place.

Existing and perspective directions of development of tourist routes were demonstrated at the stands of the participants of the exhibition, one of which is "The Amber Route" from Russia to China, the branded products of which were presented at the stand of the Kaliningrad region and the stand of the People's Republic of China at the exhibition was traditionally represented by the Head of the diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Mr. Wang Xiaoxia.

The Moscow Department of Sports and Tourism summed up the results of the World Cup 2018 in Moscow, thanks to which the number of visits to the Russian Federation by citizens of the People's Republic of China in 2018 will be about two million tourists.

And the key event of the forum was the All-Russian meeting on the development of domestic and inbound tourism of the Russian Federation.

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All-Russian meeting on the development of domestic and inbound tourism of the Russian Federation
11.09.2018

Within the framework of the International Tourism Forum and the exhibition "Rest-2018" Under the auspices of the Federal Tourism Agency, the All-Russian Meeting on Domestic and Inbound Tourism Development was held.

The meeting was attended by more than 200 heads of regional tourism administrations, relevant legislative and executive authorities, governors, representatives of tourism associations and the business community.

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was represented at the meeting by the Chairman of the Board of the Russian-Chinese Tourism Association Iurii Tsurkan and the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov.

They touched upon the problems of legal regulation of the tourism industry, innovative approaches to the development of territories on the basis of cluster technologies, the impact of the World Cup on the development of tourism potential of the Russian Federation, the development of tourism as a non-raw-material sector of the economy and the promotion of tourism products in the foreign market.

Taking into account the fact that the main entry flow of tourists to the Russian Federation is formed at the expense of arriving citizens from the PRC under the Agreement on visa-free group tourist trips between our countries, I. Tsurkan drew attention to the imperfection of the existing information system of SIS and the non-obligation of its use by tourist administrations, as it was established by the Federal Antimonopoly Service.

Proposals for the development of tourism in 2019 and for the future will be sent to the relevant state authorities.

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Beijing International Travel Mart 2018
05-07.09.2018
 

The Beijing International Travel Mart (BITM-2018) travel show took place in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, from 5th to 7th of September. Russia was represented at the exhibition by the stand of the Moscow City Government, which, according to the general opinion, became the most visited during the whole period of the exhibition. Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was invited as a co-exhibitor to the stand of the Moscow City Government.

On 6th of September a press conference of the Moscow City Government was held, which was attended by more than 25 representatives of the Chinese media, including the Xinhua Agency, as well as tour operators in Beijing and other regions of China. Particular interest was aroused by the presentation of Moscow, presented by the Head of the Tourism Department of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow Ekaterina Borisova.

In the course of the press conference the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan made a report on the main directions of activities of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association. The event was also attended by the Head of the company - the organizer of the exhibition BITM-2018 - Singapore Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd, who addressed the audience with a welcoming speech. In his speech, he stressed the importance and significance of strengthening bilateral ties between Russia and China, as well as between tour operators in Moscow and Beijing.

The Association expresses its gratitude to the organizers of the stand of the Moscow City Government for their high professionalism and well-established highly professional work during the exhibition.

 
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"Chengdu-Moscow" business cooperation forum
24.08.2018
 

On 24th of August the presentation of the trade and economic potential of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, China, took place in Moscow at the Metropol Hotel.

The events were organized by the Moscow City Government, the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow and the People's Government of Chengdu.

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was represented at the forum by the Chairman of the Board Iurii Tsurkan and the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov.

The Forum was opened by Secretary of the CPC City Committee in Chengdu Mr. Fan Zhuyping, Representative of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Mr. Su Fantsyu and Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow Elena Dridze.

In the course of the meeting, representatives of the Association exchanged views on promising areas of cooperation with Head of the Chengdu Tourism Committee Ms. Do Yannamu, Head of the Chengdu Exhibition Committee Mr. Chen Fu, representatives of the Chengdu People's Government and the Moscow City Government, as well as representatives of business circles of China and Russia.

The forum aroused interest among its participants in establishing new business contacts, and also resulted in the signing of bilateral agreements between Russian and Chinese companies.

The event ended with performances by artists of the National Theatre of Folk Music and the Golden Ring Song and Sichuan Opera.

 
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Presentation of the Jinan City (Shanghai Province) tourism potential
22.08.2018

On 22nd of August the official presentation of the tourist potential of Jinan - the capital of Shandong Province, China - took place in Moscow at the President Hotel.

The events were organized by the Jinan Tourism Development Committee in cooperation with the Russian-Chinese Society for Cultural Exchange of Talents "KitRus" and the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

Head of the Diplomatic Mission of the State Department of Tourism of the People's Republic of China in Moscow Ms. Wang Xiaoxia, Chairman of the Jinan Tourism Development Committee Ms. Zhi Liang, Consultant to the Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the Government of Moscow Marina Pasuginova, and Chairman of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov, who addressed the participants of the meeting with welcoming speeches.

Shandong Province is known as the birthplace of Confucius, and its capital city is famous for its mineral springs and numerous sights included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Since 2017, the city has been famous for its mineral springs and numerous attractions on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Moscow and Jinan are connected by direct regular flights, which opens up prospects for increasing mutual tourist exchange.

The participants of the meeting - experts, tour operators, hoteliers, heads of enterprises and organizations in the field of culture and hospitality, representatives of the state authorities of Moscow and the Russian Federation - noted the importance of such bilateral contacts for the successful implementation of the strategic direction of cooperation "One belt - one way".

As a result of the event, Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and the Jinan Tourism Development Committee of Shandong Province signed a general agreement on cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.

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Shanghai days in Moscow
22.08.2018
 

On 22nd of August within the framework of the Days of Shanghai in Moscow the Forum on trade and economic cooperation "Shanghai-Moscow" was held in the Metropol Hotel.

The Forum was held by the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the People's Government of Shanghai and the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the Moscow City Government with the support of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation and the Interregional Council of the Russian-Chinese Committee for Friendship, Peace and Development and with the participation of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

The Forum brought together experts and heads of state authorities of Moscow and Shanghai, representatives of the public and business circles, who exchanged views on promising areas of bilateral cooperation.

The Forum was attended by the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov. Meetings were held with representatives of the Moscow City Government, the People's Government of Shanghai, the Governor of the Moscow Region, the Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development, the management of the representative offices of the Russian Federation to the Government of the Russian Federation, tour operators and journalists.

The official part of the forum ended with a concert of traditional Chinese music and a tour of the photo exposition dedicated to the culture of old Shanghai.

 
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Presentation of the tourism potential of Xiamen, Fujian province, China
16.08.2018

On 16th of August representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association: Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan and Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin as honorary guests attended a presentation of the tourism potential of Xiamen, Fujian Province, China, which was held on the site of a "Big Restaurant Qin".

Representatives of the Chinese and Russian sides delivered welcoming speeches. The Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan expressed his gratitude to the delegation of Xiamen for the organization and holding of this event, as well as noted the importance of further cooperation between the two sides.

During the event, the guests were presented with a presentation on the promotion and popularization of the Xiamen tourist route, as well as the representatives of the Chinese side held a traditional game of Xiamen "Bo Bing", where those present had the opportunity to win symbolic gifts and plunge into the unique atmosphere of the city.

The final part of the event was a festive dinner during which the guests exchanged contacts and discussed the issues of cooperation between China and Russia in the tourism sphere.

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Orel days in Moscow
10.08.2018
 

On 10th of August a thematic round table on tourism "The Orel region - the pearl of the Chernozemie" was held within the framework of the "Days of the Orel region in Moscow".

The round table was organized by the Department of Sports and Tourism of the Moscow City Government, and the Department of Culture and Archives of the Orel Region Government.

On behalf of the Department of Sports and Tourism, the participants of the round table were greeted by the Head of the Tourism Coordination Unit Inessa Grig, who noted the importance of holding the Days of the Orel region and the round table on tourism for the further development of cultural ties between our regions and the establishment of business contacts between the companies of the tourism industry.

The representative of the Department of Culture and Archives of the Orel region Nadezhda Danyushkina and heads of tourism companies, museums, accommodation facilities, tourist information center and spiritual and Orthodox center presented the tourism potential of the region.

Moscow was represented at the round table by the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, Mosturpool Association, companies of tourism and international cultural and humanitarian exchange.

On behalf of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan, informed guests about promising areas of cooperation and invited to participate in the projects of the Association, such as "The Amber Route", "Red Route", "Great Tea Road".

The Association reached an agreement with a representative of the Administration of the Orel region and the participants of the round table on the organization of study tours, involvement in Russian-Chinese projects implemented by the Association, assistance in the training of guides and guides, joint participation in events in Moscow, Orel region and China.

 
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Meeting with the Weihai delegation
30.07.2018

On 30th of July Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lyzhin took part in the meeting of the delegation of Weihai, Shandong Province, China with the Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Region.

The Leningrad Region Government was represented by the Chairman of the Leningrad Region Committee on Tourism Elena Ustinova, Deputy Chairman of the Leningrad Region Committee on Tourism, Head of the Department for Coordination of Tourism Activities and Development of Tourist Infrastructure Rimma Sachunova and Head of the Department for Development of Priority Areas in Tourism Ekaterina Bocharova.

Within the framework of the working meeting the issues of development of cooperation and partnership relations between Russia and China and, in particular, between the Leningrad Region and Shandong Province were discussed.

 

Meeting with Beijing Tourism Committee
30.07.2018
 

On 30th of July, a meeting of representatives of the city's tourism industry and the delegation of the Beijing Tourism Development Committee took place at the Saint-Petersburg Government's Center for Entrepreneurship Development and Support. The meeting was timed to coincide with the end of the official visit of the delegation of the Chinese capital's tourism administration to Russia.

Culture Consul of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg Mr. Zhuang Jianping was the guest of honor at the event and expressed on behalf of the Consulate General his gratitude to his Russian and Chinese colleagues for their interest in the development of bilateral tourist exchange.

Present were the Deputy Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Association of guides-translators and the Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Chinese Tourism Polina Rysakova, the Deputy Director General for Excursion Activities of GBU CTIB Svetlana Iuriieva presented to their colleagues from the PRC the main achievements of the Northern Capital in the sphere of tourist flows servicing from China. Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan also made a welcoming speech to the audience. He noted that the visits of representatives of the People's Government of Beijing had already become a good tradition in the development of bilateral relations and served the interests of the two Great Powers.

At the end of the business part, the Chinese delegation together with the leadership of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association visited a photo exhibition, which introduced everyone to the main tourist attractions and destinations of Beijing.

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Beijing days in Moscow
26-29.07.2018
 

From 26th to 29th of July Moscow received the delegation of the People's Government of Beijing at the "Days of Beijing in Moscow", one of the co-organizers was Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association. This bright event was a continuation of the Days of Moscow in Beijing, which took place in the autumn of 2017 in the People's Republic of China during the visit of Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

The achievements of our countries in the areas of cultural exchange, social protection and medical care, development of transport infrastructure and urban development were demonstrated to the participants of the events at various venues of the capital and in the Government of Moscow.

One of the central events organized by the Government of Moscow, the People's Government of Beijing, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation, the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow, the Committee for Tourism Development of Beijing with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow and Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was the presentation of the tourism potential of Beijing on Tverskaya Square in Moscow and the opening ceremony of the street festival within the framework of the Days of Culture of Beijing in Moscow. After the opening of the festival, the delegation of the Beijing City Government, representatives of the Russian and Chinese sides and the management of the Association visited the art exhibition of traditional Chinese painting, which presented the works of recognized landscape masters – Mr. Yu Yunmao and Mr. Li Daefu.

The festival continued with the opening of an art exhibition of traditional Chinese painting in TSUM and a solemn concert "Beijing Night in Moscow" in the Moscow International House of Music.

 
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Russian-Chinese forum "Red Route. Saint-Petersburg-2018"
06.07.2018

On 6th of July representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the second stage of the Russian-Chinese Forum "Red Route. Saint-Petersburg 2018", organized by the People's Government of Lingyi. The event was dedicated to the promotion and popularization of the Red Route Destinations of Lingyi, Shandong Province, China.

The event was attended by representatives of the state authorities of Lingyi and Saint-Petersburg, as well as leading experts of the business community and tourism industry of Shandong Province and Saint-Petersburg.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Turcan made a welcoming speech at the event, expressing gratitude to the participants of the event and guests of the Northern Capital for the support of the interstate tourist project "Red Route", which has been maintaining a high level of interest on the part of tourists visiting tourist destinations of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China for many years.

During the presentation, agreements on strategic cooperation in the field of tourism were signed between the Committee of Trade Complex Lingyi and the Russian-Chinese Business Park, as well as between partner tourist organizations of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and tour operators of Shandong Province.

Lingyi Red Tourism 2018 presentation was organized by the Government of Lingyi and the Committee for External Relations of Saint-Petersburg.

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Russian-Chinese forum "Red Route. Moscow-2018"
04.07.2018

On 4th of July representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the Russian-Chinese Forum "Red Route. Moscow-2018". The event was timed to coincide with the promotion campaign of the international tourist project "Red Route".

The forum was organized by the People's Government of Lingyi and co-organized by Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, the Representative Office of the Lingyi Tourism Industry Association in Moscow, the Society for Cultural Exchange of Talents "KitRus", the Russian-Chinese Society for the Promotion of International Trade "One Belt and One Way", with the assistance of the Government of Moscow, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation and the diplomatic mission of the State Administration of Tourism of China in Moscow.

Welcoming speeches were made by the Acting Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the Moscow City Government Irina Tkach, Vice Mayor of Lingyi Mr. Liu Xianjun, Deputy Director of the Representative Office of the Ulyanovsk Region to the Government of the Russian Federation Boris Levchenko, Chairman of the Committee on Hospitality Industry of the All-Russian Public Organization "Business Russia" Elena Krivenkova, Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurcan and other officials. The guests noted the importance of supporting the interstate tourist project "Red Route", which is implemented by the joint efforts of Russia and China.

The Chairman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs of the Association Vladislav Loskutov in his address to the audience conveyed the words of greetings from the Plenipotentiary Minister of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Mr. Fan Xianzhong, who wished successful work to the Forum participants and expressed confidence in further strengthening of friendly relations between our peoples.

In the course of the event there was a presentation of the project " Lingyi Red Tourism - 2018", dedicated to the promotion and popularization of the Lingyi Red Route, which is one of the most important and famous cities in the Chinese province of Shandong.

The forum also presented the projects of interstate Russian-Chinese cooperation "Red Tourism", "Great Tea Road" and "The Amber Route", which are implemented within the strategic partnership and cooperation "One Belt and One Road".

The Forum was attended by leading experts and heads of tour operators of Russia and China, international public organizations, representatives of legislative and executive authorities, heads of Moscow representative offices of the Russian Federation and regional tourist administrations.

During the event, the official ceremony of signing the Protocol of Intentions between the Government of Moscow and the People's Government of Lingyi, the General Agreement on Cooperation between Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and the Association of Tourism of Lingyi, as well as the Agreement of Intentions between the travel companies-partners of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and the leading tourist organizations of Shandong Province.

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Solemn events dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the 6th China Communist Party Congress
04.07.2018

On 4th of July solemn events dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the VI CPC Congress were held in Moscow.

The events were attended by the Plenipotentiary Minister of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Mr. Fan Xianzhong, Head of the Chinese Cultural Center, Culture Adviser of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Ms. Gong Jiajia, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, Vladislav Loskutov and others.

The VI CPC Congress - the only one outside China - was held from 18th of June to 11th of July 1928 in the village of Nikolskoye, Moscow Province, at the Musiny-Pushkin estate.

In 2013 the manor house was handed over to the Chinese Cultural Center and restored, and on 4th of July 2016 Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Gololets and Deputy Prime Minister of the State Council of the People's Republic of China Mr. Liu Yandong opened here a permanent exhibition dedicated to the VI Congress of the Communist Party of China.

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«AMBERFORUM 2018»
07-10.06.2018
 

From 7th to 10th of June representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in working events dedicated to the III International Economic Forum of the amber industry "AMBERFORUM 2018" held in Svetlogorsk.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan, Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin, as well as representatives of the Moscow Center for International Cooperation, All-Russian Public Organization "Business Russia" and a member of the Association - Holding "Russian Amber" spoke at the panel discussions devoted to the issues of production and sales of amber products, as well as the development of the tourism industry of Kaliningrad region and Russia as a whole.

In the course of the Forum there was held a presentation of a new tourist project - "The Amber Route", developed by Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and its partners, which is designed to popularize tourist destinations in Russia and attract new investors for the development and expansion of tourism infrastructure in Russia's regions.

The main purpose of the proposed route is to create a tourism and marketing project designed to become a parallel to the tourist route "Great Tea Road" coming from China, implemented within the framework of the international strategy "One belt - one way", supported by the Russian Party.

 
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International Guides Conference 
"Excursions: New Challenges"
28.04.2018
 

On 28th of April the III International Conference of guides and tour guides "Excursion work: new challenges" organized by the Association of guides-translators, tour guides and tour managers took place in Moscow "Zaryadye" park with the support of the Moscow Government.

The conference was held within the framework of the II city holiday "Day of the Moscow guide" and gathered numerous participants from the regions of Russia, near and far abroad.

The conference was attended by Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Turcan and Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov.

The participants were greeted by Head of the Department of Sports and Tourism of the Moscow City Government Nikolay Gulyaev, Head of the Department of State Tourism Projects and Tourism Security of the Federal Tourism Agency Evgeny Kudelya, President of the Russian Union of Tourists and Entertainment Sergey Shpilko and President of the Association of Guide Translators, Tour Operators and Tour Operators Alexander Osipov.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Turcan informed the audience about the work carried out by the Association together with legislative and executive authorities in the interests of the professional tourist community, guides, guides and tour managers.

Representatives of Russian regions in the course of the discussion touched upon the problems of Chinese inbound tourism, imperfection of the legislative framework, expressed wishes to the relevant state authorities to protect the interests of the tourist community, not individual subjects.

Participants noted the positive role of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Department of Tourism and Regional Policy in connection with their legislative initiatives and providing control functions for the activities of subordinate organizations.

Heads of the Association of guides-translators, tour guides and tour managers expressed gratitude to the Association of Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism for cooperation and protection of the rights of members of the tourist community.

 
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Moscow guide day
28.04.2018
 

On 28th of April in the Great Conference Hall of the Moscow City Government were held solemn events of the II Moscow City Festival "Day of the Moscow Guide", which gathered leaders and experts of the tourism industry from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Irkutsk, Udmurtia, Sevastopol, Armenia, Georgia and other regions.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan and Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov.

Welcoming speeches were made by Deputy Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Nalobin, Head of the Department of State Tourism Projects and Tourism Security of the Federal Tourism Agency Evgeny Kudelya, President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Sergey Shpilko, President of the Association of Guide Translators, Tour Operators and Tour Operators Alexander Osipov and Honorary President of the Association Mr. Jozsef Schneidgen.

Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan made a report on the current challenges in the context of globalization of the tourism market, informed about the directions of further work in the field of tourism security and congratulated all those present on the occasion of the holiday.

 
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"Get Health on Hainan Island" presentation
25.04.2018
 

On 25th of April a presentation "Get Healthy on Hainan Island" organized jointly by Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (hereinafter referred to as "TCM") in the framework of the marketing strategy for the development of the new Medical Center of Beijing University TCM in Haikou (Hainan Province, PRC) was held in the Neva Hall of the Kempinski Hotel.

During the presentation the guests of the event got acquainted with the results of the two-year work of the Saint-Petersburg Center of the Beijing TCM University in Strelna and received comprehensive information on the main medical and tourist opportunities of the new Medical Center of the Beijing TCM University in Haikou, which, with the active assistance of the Government of Hainan Island, was one of the first to enter the new medical cluster of Hainan province. Beijing TCM University, having two centers, has created effective conditions for Russian tourists and patients to be constantly accompanied and monitored, thus ensuring the high quality of medical services.

Representatives of the Russian authorities, travel and insurance companies of Saint-Petersburg and other Russian cities expressed genuine interest in the new Medical Center of Beijing TCM University in Haikou and in a new promising area of cooperation, noting the high potential of development of the medical tourism segment, which is gaining momentum in Saint-Petersburg and in Russia as a whole.

 
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"Amendments to Article 16 of the Federal Law "Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation" and "Amendments to Article 18.9 of the Russian Federation Administrative Offenses Code" introduced by the Government of the Russian Federation zero readings
29.03.2018
 

On 29th of March zero readings of the bills "On Amendments to Article 16 of the Federal Law 'On Amendments to Article 16 of the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation'" and "On Amendments to Article 18.9 of the Code of Administrative Offences" were held in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation under the leadership of the Chairman of the Commission for Development of Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and Preservation of Traditional Values Elena Sutormina and with the participation of the representative of the Main Department of Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Oleg Morkel.

The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov, the Head of the Department for the Formation and Maintenance of the Register of Tour Operators of the Legal Department of Federal Tourism Agency Andrey Merklin, members of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and others.

The issues of the obligation of the inviting party to take measures to ensure compliance of foreign citizens and stateless persons with the declared purpose of entry into the Russian Federation and the terms of their stay in the Russian Federation, as well as the responsibility of the inviting party for the failure to take measures to monitor their compliance were discussed.

 

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XIII International "Tourism as a factor of development of territories" Student Tourism Forum 
28-29.03.2018
 

From 28th to 29th of March the XIII International Student Tourism Forum "Tourism as a Factor of Territory Development", organized by the Faculty of International Relations and Tourism, was held at the Moscow Humanitarian University (Moscow State University).

The forum was opened by the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov, who was invited as a guest of honor together with the heads and representatives of tourism management bodies, tourist industry associations, research institutes, universities and colleges.

The management of Moscow State University expressed special gratitude to Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association for its support and participation in the forum, and Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov was invited to work in the State Examination Commission of the university.

 

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"Potential of the tourist industry of Saint-Petersburg: problems that have a negative impact on the development of the industry" Panel discussion
21.03.2018
 

On 21st of March, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association were invited as experts to participate in the panel discussion "The potential of the tourism industry in Saint-Petersburg. Problems that have a negative impact on the development of the industry", which took place within the framework of the discussion held from 20th to 22nd of March.

Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin and General Director of Luna LLC Konstantin Yakhontov expressed their gratitude to the Federal Tourism Agency (represented by Evgeniy Kudelya), the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee (represented by Deputy Chairman of the Committee Nana Gvicia) and the Public Council for Small Business Development under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg (represented by Elena Tsereteli) for the work done to protect the rights and interests of tourist enterprises and the Russian tourism industry in general.

During the panel discussion moderated by the Chairman of the Public Council for the Development of Small Business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Elena Tsereteli Roman Lyzhin and Konstantin Yakhontov, representatives of tourist organizations operating in the field of implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips were voiced. In particular, representatives of local and federal tourism administrations discussed the Draft Agreement, which is currently being prepared for signing by both parties, some articles of which cause discontent on the part of representatives of the tourism industry.

 

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Presentation of "The Great Tea Way" and "The Amber Route" tourist projects
15.03.2018

 

On 15th of March in Moscow in coordination with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation a presentation of the international tourist routes "Great Tea Road" and "Amber Road" implemented by Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association within the framework of the strategy "One Belt - One Road" was held within the framework of the Moscow International Tourism Exhibition MITT-2018.

The forum was opened by Chairman of the International Activity Commission of the Association Vladislav Loskutov and Executive Director of the Association Roman Lizhin.

Projects and promising routes of cultural, humanitarian and tourist exchanges along the “Great Tea Road” and “The Amber Road” were presented to the audience.

The participants touched upon the prospects of development of Russian-Chinese relations in connection with the preparation of a new draft Agreement on visa-free group tourist trips.

At the request of the forum participants, the opinions and proposals of the assembled experts on the prospects of development of Russian-Chinese relations in the tourism sector will be submitted to the executive and legislative authorities for further joint discussion with representatives of the industry and business associations.

 

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MITT-2018
13-15.03.2018
 

The 25th Anniversary Moscow International Travel Trade Fair MITT-2018 was held in Moscow from 13th to 15th of March.

The exhibition was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Federal Tourism Agency, the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the Government of Moscow.

Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin and Chairman of the Association's Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov took part in the official opening ceremony and in the work of the exhibition.

Deputy Chairman of the Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs State Duma Committee Sergei Krivonosov, Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov, member of the Federation Council Igor Fomin greeted the audience at the opening ceremony.

At the exhibition were presented the regions of the Russian Federation, representatives of tourist administrations of foreign countries, Russian and foreign companies engaged in the tourism industry. In the course of the events, documents on international cooperation were signed, meetings of the Association's representatives with Russian and foreign partners were held, as well as exchange of opinions on the issues of strengthening and development of cultural and humanitarian exchanges.

 

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Meeting with the Hunan Province delegation
12.03.2018

 

On 12th of March in Moscow on the eve of the SCO Summit of Ministers of Tourism, which will be held in the first half of 2018 in Wuhan (PRC), an official meeting of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, representatives of the Moscow Center for International Cooperation of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the Government of Moscow and the delegation of the Hunan Province (PRC) took place.

The delegation was headed by Deputy Director of the Hunan Tourism Development Commission Mr. Go Guquan and included the Head of the Red Office of the Hunan Tourism Development Commission Mr. Pei Zengsheng, Head of the Department of Tourism of Changsha and Mao, heads of tourism administrations of Hunan districts, heads of Hunan cities and other officials and tour operators.

Chairman of the Association's Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov and Head of the delegation Mr. Go Guquan addressed the audience with welcoming speeches.

The parties noted with satisfaction the positive results of the policy of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation implemented by the leaders of Russia and China, and expressed their intention to prepare for the signing of an agreement on mutual cooperation to increase mutual tourist exchanges between the Hunan Province and the regions of the Russian Federation.

The participants listened with interest to the representatives of the Chinese side, who presented the tourism opportunities of Hunan Province - Motherland of Mao Zedong.

Chairman of the Association's Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov and Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin presented the international tourist routes "Great Tea Way" and "The Amber Route" being implemented by the Association within the framework of the strategy "One Belt - One Road".

The head of the Chinese delegation was presented on behalf of the Association with a painting - an amber product made by a member of the Association - "Russian Amber" Holding.

 

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INTOURMARKET-2018
10-12.03.2018
 

On 10th of March the XIII International Tourism Exhibition INTOURMARKET-2018 was opened in Moscow at the Crocus Expo IEC.

The official opening ceremony of the exhibition was greeted by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Vitaliy Mutko, the Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov, the Chairman of the Committee for Agrarian and Food Policy and Environmental Management of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Mikhail Shchetinin, the member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Igor Fomin, the Head of the diplomatic mission of the State Administration for Tourism of the People's Republic of China in Moscow Mr. Wang Xiaoxia.

Chairman of the Association's Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov took part in the opening ceremony and in the work of the exhibition.

During the events, bilateral meetings and exchange of views on cooperation with the heads of tourism administrations of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation and the states participating in the exhibition were held.

 

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2nd Russian-Chinese Economic Forum
"Eastern perspective of the Russian economy"
28.02-02.03.2018

Representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the events held within the framework of the II Russian-Chinese Economic Forum "Eastern Perspective of the Russian economy", held from 28th of February to 2nd of March.

Within the framework of the 7th section devoted to tourism issues, the representatives of the Association discussed the aspects of the new draft Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourism trips with the speakers.

As part of the discussion on the activities of guides-translators, Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg Alexandr Abrosimov supported the position of specialists in the tourism industry and Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, according to which the function of a guide-translator in Russia can be performed only by a citizen of Russia.

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3rd Annual Russian-Chinese Business Forum "Russia-China: New Ways of Cooperation"
02.02.2018
 

On 22nd of February the 3rd annual Russian-Chinese business forum "Russia-China: new ways of cooperation" took place in the exhibition and congress center LenExpo, Saint-Petersburg.

Representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the events held under the business program, discussed the prospects of cooperation with potential partners.

The founder of the Association - Pulkovo Airport - presented air products of airlines operating flights to Chinese destinations.

 
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"The Amber Route" revival project Meeting with the Kaliningrad Region Industrial Policy, Enterprise Development and Trade Minister
16.02.2018
 

On 16th of February, at the initiative of the Ministry of Industrial Policy, Entrepreneurship and Trade Development of the Kaliningrad Region, a meeting was held at the building of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region to discuss the implementation of the cultural and historical project "The Amber Route", aimed, among other things, at the development of both the potential of the amber industry and tourism industry in the region. The project is based on the idea of rethinking the role and significance of historical trade routes and modern interpretation within the framework of implementation of the strategy "One Belt - One Road" supported by the Russian side.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Industrial Policy, Entrepreneurship and Trade Development of the Kaliningrad region Dmitriy Kuskov, First Deputy Minister for Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad region Sergey Kuznetsov and representatives of the initiative group, which proposes a project to revive "The Amber Route".

During the discussion of the issues, the participants repeatedly expressed the opinion on the need for close and constructive interaction between local entrepreneurs and government authorities in order to improve the efficiency of production of high level processed products. The issues of using the potential of the Kaliningrad region amber industry as one of the most powerful and promising drivers for the development of the tourism industry not only within the region, but also in the Russian Federation as a whole were discussed.

The authors of the project drew attention of the region's leaders to the fact that "The Amber Route" project is aimed at expanding cooperation of the region with the regions of the Russian Federation, increasing the brand recognition of the Kaliningrad region through the marketing promotion of its exclusive products, and is designed to contribute to a significant influx of Russian and foreign tourists in the region.

Speakers stressed that the project will contribute to the development of major tourist routes in the country, such as the "Golden Ring", "Silver Necklace" and "Red Route", supporting and complementing their cultural and historical significance through the introduction of, among other things, a commercial component.

In addition to the above, according to the participants of the meeting, the project should contribute to the creation of new jobs not only in the manufacturing industry and tourism, but also in related fields of activity, including during the low tourist season and in the off-season.

The proposed project of revival of "The Amber Route" aroused interest among the representatives of the Government of the Kaliningrad region. Following the results of the meeting, the Minister Dmitriy Kuskov decided to assign responsible employees to maintain interaction and develop specific solutions within the framework of the questions posed.

The initiative group was invited to finalize the draft project plan and to coordinate it with interested legal entities.

The representatives of the Initiative Group expressed their gratitude to the Government of the Kaliningrad Region for their attention to the development of key sectors of the region.

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"Russian Hospitality" Round table
06.02.2018
 

On 6th of February within the framework of the 25th International Exhibition of Foodstuffs, Beverages and Raw Materials for Their Production "Prodexpo-2018" Federal Tourism Agency together with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and the Russian State University of Tourism and Service held a round table "Russian Hospitality".

The round table was attended by Head of Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov, Director of the Department of Exhibition, Fair and Congress Activities of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Igor Korotin, RGUTIS Rector Alexander Fedulin, Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Vladislav Loskutov, representatives of the management of the Russian Federation's constituent entities, trade unions, heads and experts of tourism and related services companies.

In the course of the discussion the problems of gastronomic tourism, development of tourism on the basis of food and processing industry enterprises, personnel training for hospitality sphere were touched upon.

An exhibition-tasting of winners and laureates of the professional competition "Gastronomic Impression 2017" was held and their awarding with honorary diplomas took place.

 
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"Amber industry development strategy. Opportunities for cooperation» Round table
06.02.2018
 

On 6th of February Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan took part in the round table on the theme "Strategy for the development of the amber industry. Opportunities for cooperation", held by the Ministry of Industry, Entrepreneurship Development and Trade of the Kaliningrad region, the Fund "Center for Support of Entrepreneurship of the Kaliningrad region (microcredit company)" and SRO YANTAR.

During the round table the issues of forming an amber industrial cluster of the Kaliningrad region, development of cooperation projects, inventory of initiatives and projects were discussed.

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Prodexpo-2018
05-09.02.2018
 

The 25th anniversary exhibition Prodexpo-2018 was held at Expocentre in Moscow from 5th to 9th February.

Among the honored guests at the opening ceremony of the exhibition were Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Evgeniy Gromyko, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Mikhail Shchetinin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Agrarian Issues Vladimir Kashin, Chairman of the State Duma Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Regional Policy and Problems of the North and the Far East Nikolay Kharitonov, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Maxim Fateyev, heads of Russian regions, heads of industry unions, ambassadors and

Chairman of the Association's Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov took part in the opening of the exhibition.

During the events, working meetings were held on the directions of the Association's activities in the revival of the Great Tea Road from China to Russia, taking into account the cultural, tourist and food security aspects.

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"What is wrong with tourism from China?" Press conference
Results of 2017 and prospects
01.02.2018
 

On 1st of February, the Business News Agency held a press conference dedicated to the problems of Russian-Chinese relations in the field of tourism.

The press conference was organized by the Business News Agency with the support of an initiative group of representatives of tour operators, guides and interpreters and Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

Representatives of the Russian tourism industry asked the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky not to agree on a new version of the draft Agreement between Russia and China on visa-free group travel. The editorial board, which was prepared secretly from the tourist community by individual officials of Federal Tourism Agency, and which, if approved, can undoubtedly lead to the abolition of the tourism industry as a whole, is now in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation for the approval and implementation of domestic procedures for preparation for signing by the high Parties.

Present as an honorary guest, the Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg, Alexander Abrosimov pointed out to the speakers the need to protect the rights of entrepreneurs and guides-translators with the use of the established legal mechanism of appeal to the state regulatory authorities to conduct inspections and proceedings on the merits of emerging problems.

The first agreement between the governments of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on visa-free tourist group trips was signed in 2000. The new version of the agreement is currently undergoing the stages of approval by the agencies.

Despite the acuteness of the issues discussed, the main leitmotif of the speeches was the development of friendly bilateral relations and economic relations on a fair and mutually beneficial basis.

General Director of the tour operator Best Drive LLC Kira Zhuravskaya, Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurcan, President of the Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators Victoria Bargacheva, Candidate of Historical Sciences in Ethnography Konstantin Yakhontov, Director of the Chinese Tourism Research Laboratory Rysakova Polina, Chairman of the Board of the Union of Passenger Carriers Associations "Regions" Oleg Kuksov, Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lyzhin, Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg Alexander Abrosimov and member of the Saint-Petersburg Legislative Assembly's tourism industry commission Irina Ivanova participated in the press conference.

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The first Sichuan Airlines flight in Pulkovo
26.01.2018
 

On 26th of January Sichuan Airlines opened regular flights to Saint-Petersburg from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province.

Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan and members of the Association took part in the celebrations dedicated to the opening of the fourth Chinese destination of Pulkovo Airport.

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"Forming the hospitality industry competences in the university environment"
Annual Conference
24-25.01.2018
 

From 24th to 25th of January at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia the Institute of Hotel Business and Tourism of PFUR and the World Association for Training of Personnel for the Hospitality Industry AMFORHT held the annual conference "Competence Building for the Hospitality Industry in the University Environment".

Head of International Cooperation Department of Federal Tourism Agency Valery Korovkin, Chairman of the International Activities Commission of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Vladislav Loskutov, Head of the Legal Support Department of Federal Tourism Agency Alexander Kudrevatykh, First Vice-President of AMFORHT Martin Ferri, heads and experts of universities and research institutes of the industry took part in the conference as honorary guests.

Within the framework of the Forum, PFUR university students defended the projects "Hotel Forum" of Epochs' Game", prepared in the interdisciplinary direction "Conscious Choice - 2018".

The invited experts highly appreciated the quality of the projects implemented by the students, who by the time of the Forum turned the standard classrooms of the Institute into operating thematic restaurants and hotels.

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Great Tea Road revival project
18-21.01.2018

At the invitation of the Chinese side, on the eve of the SCO summit of tourism ministers in Wuhan in the first half of 2018, Chairman of the International Activities Commission of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Vladislav Loskutov visited the capital of Hubei province, Wuhan, and took part in the revival of the Great Tea Road in Xiaogang from 18th to 21st of January.

In October-November 2017, during the visit of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation to the People's Republic of China, the Government of Moscow, at the invitation of the People's Government of Beijing, held the Days of Moscow in Beijing.

In the course of these events, Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association signed agreements with the Chinese side on the revival of the Great Tea Road from Hubei Province (PRC) to Russia with the development of tourism potential of the border areas within the framework of the concept of "One Belt - One Road".

The parties agreed then to develop cooperation through the participation of representatives of tourism business, industry and trade, as well as government agencies in exhibitions, forums and summits.

At the events held in the Hubei province Vladislav Loskutov headed the delegation of Russian producers and promoters of agricultural products.

In his welcoming speech, Vladislav Loskutov noted the importance of strengthening bilateral cultural and humanitarian cooperation, increasing tourist flows in such an important strategic direction as the Great Tea Road, which historically originates in the Hubei province and touches upon important aspects of agricultural products exchange and food security.

In the course of the events, Vladislav Loskutov met with the head of the Hubei Xiaogang Party Committee, the Mayor and the leaders of the Xiaogang People's Government, representatives of the Hubei Provincial Government and Chairman of the Association for International Agricultural Exchange of the People's Republic of China Mr. Liu Intse.

The meetings focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation in the cultural, humanitarian and economic spheres.

The members of the delegation also participated in the reception on behalf of the Mayor of Xiaogang Mr. Wu Haitao.

During the visit, the delegation visited high-altitude tea plantations and production associations, got acquainted with the technological process of its production.

The events ended with a concert of masters of art and a traditional exchange of souvenirs and gifts.

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Gaidar forum
16-18.01.2018
 

From 16th to 18th of January representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the events held within the framework of the Gaidar Forum held in Moscow

Within the framework of the Forum, in accordance with the business program, Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan held working meetings and negotiations with specialists and heads of specialized organizations and authorities in the field of tourism.

The events ended with a concert of masters of art and a traditional exchange of souvenirs and gifts.

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Presenting the amber basket to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill
08.01.2018
 

On 8th of January Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia held an annual Christmas party for children, which was attended by children from Svetlogorsk. They have made for Patriarch Kirill an unusual amber bouquet from sunflowers and chamomiles. The children made this gift at the production facilities of the member of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association - "Russian Amber" Holding, General Director of the Holding Sergey Zaitsev personally participated in this process. This amber souvenir was presented to Patriarch Kirill in the State Kremlin Palace on the patriarchal Christmas tree.

 
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Russian-Chinese Tourism Promoting Association's members General Meeting
19.12.2017
 

On 19th of December Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association held a General Meeting of the Association's members to sum up the results of 2017 and a solemn event dedicated to the second anniversary of the Association and the celebration of the New Year 2018 in the "Big Restaurant Qin".

The event was attended by heads of tourism industry organizations in Russia, as well as companies operating in tourism and other sectors of the Russian economy. Among the honored guests were representatives of the State Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics, Higher School of Economics in Saint-Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport, Big Port of Saint-Petersburg, Sovavto-Saint Petersburg JSC, Chinese Business Center.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan delivered a welcoming speech and his speech was continued by Executive Director of the Association Roman Lizhin, who, in his turn, informed the audience about the successes and achievements of the Association over the past year in the form of a presentation. In a festive atmosphere, new members of the Association were presented with certificates, members and partners, whose contribution to the activities of the Association and the tourism industry in Russia was most felt in 2017.

The participants of the event had the opportunity to evaluate the activities of the Association for the past period, to discuss joint activities in 2018, as well as just to communicate and congratulate each other on the coming New Year in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

 
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Hebei Province Universities Delegation Business Program
08-15.12.2017
 

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association organized business meetings for the members of the Delegation of Representatives of the Rectorates of the leading universities of Hebei Province, China, during their stay in Saint-Petersburg in December 2017.

On 8th of December representatives of the Association together with the Delegation attended the presentation of the Higher School of Economics, which presented the main educational programs of the university, the potential and prospects for cooperation in the international student exchange between Russia and China.

On 15th of December representatives of the Association together with the Delegation of Hebei Province held a meeting with the management of Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Technology "Petrovsky College". During the meeting, the parties reported on their capabilities and experience in implementing training, including international programs. As a result of the negotiations, representatives of Hebei Province's special education institutions reached agreements with the Saint-Petersburg State University "Petrovsky College" on the implementation of joint training programs and further cooperation.

 
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"Russian Hospitality" Coordination Council Session
12.12.2017
 

On 12th of December the Federal Tourism Agency held a meeting of the Coordinating Council of the "Russian Hospitality" Project in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

The meeting was chaired by the Deputy Head of Rostourism Nikolay Korolev.

The meeting was attended by Member of the Social Policy Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Igor Fomin, Director of the Department of Exhibition, Fair and Congress Activities of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Igor Korotin, Head of the Department of International Cooperation of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation Valery Korotin, Deputy Head of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Nana Gvicia, Chairman of the Board of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurcan, Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov and other invited experts.

The issues of national marketing strategy, implementation of the project "Russian Hospitality" in the regions of Russia, preparation of hotels and restaurants for the upcoming World Cup, voluntary standards, work in the Iranian tourism market were discussed.

The China Friendly program provoked a heated discussion, and a number of participants spoke about the disputable goals and objectives, as well as the ownership of this program. Suggestions were made to prevent misleading market participants and to promote brands of voluntary certification, issued as mandatory.

After discussing the prospects of the Visit Russia program development, a new Head of FSUE "NMCT" Vadim Naumenko was presented to the audience.

Iurii Tsurcan had a detailed conversation with Nikolay Korolev on topical issues of the tourism industry. It was decided to continue contacts on this issue.

 
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Travel Industry Professionals Forum
11-12.12.2017
 

From 11th to 12th of December the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow with the participation of the Federal Tourism Agency held the "Forum of Travel Industry Professionals", dedicated to the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow.

At the opening of the Forum, welcoming speeches were made by Deputy Head of Rostourism Alexey Konyushkov, Member of the Social Policy Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Igor Fomin, Head of the Sports and Tourism Department of Moscow Nikolay Gulyaev, Vice President of Interstate Hotels & Resorts Konstantin Goryainov.

The Forum was attended by Deputy Head of the Regional Security and Anti-Corruption Department Kirill Malyshkin, Deputy Director of the Strategic Projects Department of the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Andrei Romankov, Head of the Hotel Management Department of the Sports and Tourism Department of Moscow Aleksei Tikhnenko, Head of the Tourism Department of the Sports and Tourism Department of Moscow Ekaterina Borisova and Chairman of the Board of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurcan.

The forum discussed topical issues of reception of FIFA World Cup guests, security organization, transport service, purchase of tickets for matches, booking accommodation facilities and their availability, registration of fan passports, as well as training for the tourism industry.

In conclusion Iurii Tsurcan gave an interview to Sputnik.

 
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Public Council on the development of small business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Session
06.12.2017
 

On 6th of December, a meeting of the Public Council for the Development of Small Business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg was held in the House of Entrepreneur under the chairmanship of Elena Tsereteli. Representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association reported on the main negative components that have now developed in the segment of tourism exchange under the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group travel, which adversely affect the budget component and employment of Russian citizens in tourism in Saint-Petersburg. In addition, the participants discussed the need to improve the system of legislative regulation of organized children's transportation in order to maximize the safety of children.

The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Public Council for the Development of Small Business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Tsereteli Elena, lawyer of the Public Council for Small Business Development under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Yulia Charnotskaya, President of the Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators Viktoria Bargacheva, General Director of Best Drive LLC Kira Zhuravskaya, General Director of Kozyrev & Co Andrey Kozyrev, Chairman of the Board of the Union of Passenger Carriers Associations "Regions" Oleg Kuksov, Executive Director of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lyzhin, Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Turcan, member of Union of Passenger Carriers Associations "Regions" Elena Shiryaeva and General Director of Luna LLC Konstantin  Yakhontov.

Following the results of the meeting, it was decided that the Public Council for the development of small business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg should prepare an appeal to the Government of Saint-Petersburg, the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee on the issue of supporting the legislative initiative of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, which provides for the right to carry out the activities of guides-translators only by citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as introducing the requirement for mandatory certification of guides-translators and appeal to the Government.

 
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Republic of Komi tourism opportunities presentation
06.12.2017
 

On 6th of December in the Representation of the Komi representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the event dedicated to the presentation of tourist opportunities of the Komi Republic.

Welcoming speech was made by the Deputy Director of NWRO RST Pavel Rumyantsev. The report on the development of tourism in the Komi Republic was made by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Archives of the Komi Republic Sergey Yemelyanov.

During the teleconference "Saint-Petersburg-Syktyvkar" the representatives of the tourism industry of the regions presented to the audience the modern tourist products developed in accordance with the modern consumer preferences of consumers of tourist services.

 
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Presentation of the "The Amber Bridge of Russia" project
27.11.2017
 

On 27th of November representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the official presentation of the "Amber Bridge of Russia" Project - the first step on the way of implementation of the Project "Amber Bridge of Russia" (which develops in parallel with the Programs of the Project "One Belt - One Road": "Great Tea Road" and "Great Silk Road"), implemented by the "Russian Amber" Holding and the Great Gostiny Dvor of Saint-Petersburg.

The following guests of honor took part in the event: Vice-Governor of Saint-Petersburg Sergey Movchan, Deputy of the Kaliningrad Regional Duma for Social Policy Larisa Shvalkene, Head of the Svetlogorsk district Valeriy Bondarenko, Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC "Big Gostiny Dvor" Natalia Tushakova, General Director of "Amber Mosaic" Karen Galstyan, Commercial Director of "Amber Mosaic" Timur Brovko, General Director of "Russian Amber" Holding Sergey Zaitsev and Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan.

As part of the official opening of the presentation, a new member of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, the Russian Financial Society, which is implementing a new payment system for the Russian market, which is aimed at tourists from China, was also presented.

The participants noted the high potential of the proposed project aimed at raising the Russian tourism industry to a new level.

This project is designed to unlock the potential of the domestic amber industry and to minimize the distance between suppliers of quality jewelry and their consumers.

 
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 "XV Saint-Petersburg Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum"
23.11.2017
 

On 23rd of November in Saint-Petersburg, on the territory of the exhibition complex Lenexpo the jubilee "XV Saint-Petersburg Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Forum" was held . The final event of the Forum was the panel discussion "Potential of Saint-Petersburg Tourism Industry. Problems that have a negative impact on the development of the industry", among others, was considered the issue "Development of inbound tourism from the People's Republic of China. Participation of small and medium business of Saint-Petersburg - tour operators, hoteliers, professional guides and interpreters in servicing tourist groups from the People's Republic of China".

The discussion was attended by the Chairman of the Public Council for the Development of Small Business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Elena Tsereteli, Chairman of the Commission on Industry, Economy and Entrepreneurship of the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg Alexandr Makarov, Chairman of the Committee for the Development of Entrepreneurship and Consumer Market of Saint-Petersburg Evgeniy Kachaev, Deputy Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Nana Gvicia.

The Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin was invited as an expert to the panel discussion, who informed the participants of the event about the main negative components that have developed now in the segment of tourist exchange within the framework of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000, which negatively affect the budget component and employment of citizens of the Russian Federation in the sphere of tourism in Saint-Petersburg and other regions of the Russian Federation. In the course of the discussion, Roman Lyzhin made irrefutable arguments in terms of protecting the interests of tour operators of Saint-Petersburg and Chinese language interpreters.

Following the results of the discussion part of the Forum, by tradition, the adoption of the Resolution - a document with which the Public Council will work throughout the next year - took place.

 
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Results of the 2017 tourist season
23.11.2017
 

On 23rd of November in the Grand Hotel "Emerald" representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in an event dedicated to summing up the results of the tourist season 2017, held by the State Budgetary Institution "CTIB".

Within the framework of the event, the Deputy Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Nana Gvicia, General Director of the State Budget Institution "CTIB" Evgeniy Pankevich, Director of the "Center for Time Travel - KOD" Olga Solnyshkina and other representatives of the tourism industry of Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad region, the Representative of Visit Saint-Petersburg in the People's Republic of China Sergey Mstislavsky spoke.

Within the framework of the business communication program the representatives of the Association discussed the potential for the development of the Luxury class tourism segment, as well as the prospects of training of new specialists in the field of tourist services from the Asian region with the Representative of Visit Saint-Petersburg in the People's Republic of China Sergey Mstislavsky.

In the course of the discussion the issue of the International tourist project "Great Tea Road" aimed at popularization of tourist destinations of the Russian Federation, previously unknown to mass tourists, in particular, in the case of Saint-Petersburg, through the project "Time Travel Center - KOD" presented at the event was also touched upon.

 
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 "Effective mechanisms for the tourism industry withdrawal from the shadow economy sector" Round table
23.11.2017
 

On 23rd of November the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation held a round table on "Effective mechanisms for the withdrawal of the tourism industry from the shadow economy".

The meeting was attended by members of the Federation Council, Director of the Department of Tourism and Regional Policy of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Yarilova, representatives of the Governing Bodies of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation and the Main Directorate of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, the Federal Tourism Agency, representatives of the executive authorities of the Russian Federation subjects, professional associations in the field of tourism and related industries, invited experts and managers.

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was represented at the meeting by the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan and the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov.

The discussion touched upon the problems of the tourist industry withdrawal from the shadow economy sector and the ways of legalization of collective and private means of accommodation for tourists.

Representatives of the Association informed the audience about the results of the All-Russian public hearings on the so-called project of amendments to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000 and addressed to the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko with the proposals to conduct the procedures stipulated by the Constitution of the Russian Federation in accordance with the powers of the supreme legislative body of the state power.

The participants supported the position of the Association's representatives on the inadmissibility of monopolization of the domestic tourism market by foreign companies and the need to withdraw the industry from the shadow economy.

According to the results of the round table in the Federation Council will be convened a separate meeting to consider the issues of Russian-Chinese tourist exchange.

 
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SIFT-2017
23-24.11.2017
 

From 23rd to 24th of November Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the International Tourism Forum SIFT, which was held in the main media center of Sochi.

SIFT is one of the most important business platforms for domestic and inbound tourism in Russia.  The Forum is organized by the Federal Tourism Agency, Administration of Krasnodar Region, Administration of Sochi. The Forum was held with the assistance of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Resorts, Tourism and Olympic Heritage of Krasnodar Territory, the Russian Union of Travel Industry, the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Krasnodar Territory, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sochi.

As part of this event, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in many events of the congress program, round tables, scientific and practical conferences, as well as in training seminars and presentations.

The XXIV International Tourism Exhibition "Resorts and Tourism. Season 2017-2018 and the XVIII International Specialized Exhibition "Hotel and Restaurant Business 2017", held in the framework of SIFT, representatives of the Association have been actively working with the participants of the exhibitions and discussed the prospects for possible further cooperation in the upcoming tourist season.

 
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"Development of hotels not included in large networks" Round table
23.11.2017

On 23rd of November in the conference hall of the Silk Route Hotel, Saint-Petersburg, within the framework of the World Entrepreneurship Week Tourism Day Program, a round table with an organized dialogue between representatives of the tourism industry of Saint-Petersburg and Astana on the theme "Development of hotels that are not part of large chains" was held.

Within the framework of the round table the issues related to the sphere of European and Asian type of hospitality, the prospects of creating a communication space for establishing specific business relations were discussed.

In the course of the event, the representative of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Alexey Sochkov brought the participants of the round table information about the activities of the Association, the prospects for effective cooperation between members of the Association and leading representatives of the hospitality industry. He also expressed his readiness to cooperate with representatives of the hospitality industry.

 

The 2nd All-Russian Tour Operators Congress
21-24.11.2017

The 2nd All-Russian Congress of Tour Operators took place in Sochi on 21st to 24 h of November.

The Congress was attended by the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan and on 22nd of November he spoke at one of the Congress sessions on the topic: Main challenges and prospects of the 2018 season.

The Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov and the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurcan met on the margins of the Congress. During the meeting a wide range of issues in the field of Russian-Chinese tourism was discussed. Agreements were reached to place information on the "Program to create a comfortable and safe environment for foreign tourists" on the website of the Federal Tourism Agency, along with information about other volunteer programs.

 

Beijing People's Government Control and Management of State Property State Council Committee Delegation Business Program
21-22.11.2017
 

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association organized business meetings for the members of the Delegation of the State Council Committee on Control and Management of State Property of the People's Government of Beijing during their stay in Saint-Petersburg in November 2017.

On 21st of November, the representatives of the Association together with the Delegation of the State Council Committee on State Property Control and Management of the People's Government of Beijing attended a series of lectures by professors of Saint-Petersburg State University on the aspects of establishing partnerships with partners from the Russian Federation.

On 22nd of November, a business meeting was held with the heads of Lenta's retail network, which agreements were reached to establish partnership relations in the retail sector.

 
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VI Saint-Petersburg Internatiolan Cultural Forum
16-18.11.2017
 

On 16th of November the VI Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum was opened in Saint-Petersburg. This year's business program of the Forum was presented by the work of 14 sections. The events were attended by more than 33 thousand participants from 96 countries of the world. The events lasted from 16th to 18th of November and included: "Museums and Exhibition Projects, Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Creative Environment and Urbanism, including in the area of Tourism: Business Session Modern Methods of Promotion and Attraction of Events to the Region, Joint Meeting of Coordination Councils on Culture and Tourism under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Tourist Forum: New cultural routes and tourist cooperation of Russian and Austrian regions", Round table on the interaction of tourist information centers with the players of the tourist market "TIC and Tourist Track: points of contact" and many others.

In accordance with the official business program of the section of the VI Saint-Petersburg International Cultural Forum dedicated to tourism, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the Joint Meeting of the Coordination Councils for Culture and Tourism under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, in the framework of which the Association's management held business negotiations with the Minister of Tourism and Health Resorts of the Stavropol Territory, Director of OGKU Agency for Tourism of the Ulyanovsk Region, Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the Ulyanovsk Region.

In the course of business communication were discussed the directions of cooperation in the sphere of Russian-Chinese tourism exchange, the prospects of including the regions in international tourism projects, actively involved in the promotion of which the Association for Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism, such as "Great Tea Route", "The Amber Route", aimed at promoting national tourist destinations to promote Russian tourism products.

As a result of business communication, agreements were reached on signing Cooperation Agreements between the Association and tourist administrations of a number of Russian regions.

The Association management expresses its gratitude to the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation for the opportunity to participate in the event of such a high level.

 
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I International youth forum "Russa and China: a look to the future"
16-17.11.2017
 

On 16th of November  in MGIMO of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia the First International Youth Forum "Russia and China: a look into the future" was launched, which was organized by the Center for Chinese Studies of the University's Economic Club.

Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Nikolay Asaulenko, Vice-Rector for Personnel Policy of MGIMO Vladimir Morozov, newly appointed Plenipotentiary Minister of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Mr. Fan Xianzhong, Director of the Department for Support of Projects in the Asia-Pacific Region of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Natalia Stapran, Scientific Director of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations Anna Makarenko, and other invited experts and handlers.

The opening and work of the Forum was attended by the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov and the Plenipotentiary Minister, Counsellor for Education of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Mr. Yui Jihai.

Mr. Fan Xianzhong made a speech on behalf of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation Mr. Li Hui, and personally welcomed the representatives of the Association for Promotion of Russian-Chinese Tourism participating in the Forum.

The first day of the Forum was devoted to the discussion of Russian-Chinese infrastructure projects and Russian-Chinese cooperation in solving global problems.

On 17th of November in MGIMO the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia the I International Youth Forum "Russia and China: a look into the future"finished its work.

In the final part of the Forum, dedicated to the issues of public diplomacy and soft power in the development of Russian-Chinese relations, Ambassador for Special Assignments of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Evgeny Tomikhin and Chairman of the Commission on International Affairs of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Vladislav Loskutov took part as invited experts.

In the section of humanitarian and cultural cooperation between Russia and China, the Executive Director of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Roman Lyzhin presented a report "New approaches to the stimulation of tourist flows between Russia and China".

In the case study of the economic and cultural cooperation between Russia and China, Deputy Director of the Association Kirill Beliakov-Donets made a report on "Prospects for the restoration of the Great Tea Road".

In his speech, Kirill Beliakov-Donets noted the importance of the Agreement on the Revival of the Great Tea Road within the framework of the program "One Belt - One Road", signed by the Association during the SCO events "Days of Moscow in Beijing" during the visit of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev to China in November 2017.

Both reports were awarded special certificates on the results of the Forum.

The Chairman of the Association's Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov addressed the audience with the final speech.

The International Forum, which brought together students, postgraduates, scientists, experts and managers from many regions of Russia and China, will become an annual platform for exchanging views on promising areas of cooperation between the two countries.

 
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Tver region tourist potential info-tour
13-15.11.2017
 

From 13th to 15th of November, at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism of the Tver Region, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and its member organizations took part in a three-day info tour organized for tour operators in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, specializing in the reception of tourists from the People's Republic of China.

On 15th of November in the hotel "Tver" with the participation of the Minister of Tourism of the Tver region Ivan Egorov there was held a round table on the results of the info-tour with representatives of the Tver region tourism business, where representatives of the Association and tour operators expressed their expert opinion on the state of tourism infrastructure of the Tver region.

Also, within the framework of the round table Deputy Director of the Association Natalia Popkova presented a report on the aspects of implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000.

In the course of business communication of the Deputy Director of the Association Natalia Popkova an agreement was reached on signing the Agreement on cooperation between the Ministry of Tourism of the Tver region and the Association for Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism.

On behalf of the members and partners the Association sincerely thanks the Ministry of Tourism of the Tver region for the opportunity to participate in the event.

 
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Conference on strengthening Russian-Chinese cooperation in the field of historical-military (red) tourism
08.11.2017
 

On 8th of November in the Military Patriotic Park of Culture and Recreation "Patriot" of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was held a conference to strengthen Russian-Chinese cooperation in the field of military and historical  tourism.

The conference was held by the Federal Tourism Agency with the assistance of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation with the participation of representatives of regional executive authorities claiming to be included in the concept of the extended "Red Route", representatives of tourism, hotel and museum sectors, heads of public associations, political parties and invited guests from the People's Republic of China.

The conference was attended by the Chairman of the International Activities Commission of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, Advisor to the Chairman of the Coordination Service of the Council of Commanders of the Border Troops Vladislav Loskutov.

Lieutenant General Sergey Miroshnichenko addressed the audience with a welcoming speech from the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Deputy Head of Rostourism Alexey Konyushkov made a report on the new priorities of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the field of tourism along the Red Route.

Tourist opportunities of the subjects of the Russian Federation were presented at the thematic exhibition and in presentations of tourist routes of the regions pretending to be included in the concept of the extended "Red Route".

A solemn ceremony of awarding the "Red Route" prize and awarding the participants with honorary diplomas on behalf of the Federal Tourism Agency was held.

On the Sino-Russian cooperation in the field of red tourism were the representative of the State Unitary Enterprise of the People's Republic of China, the head of the diplomatic mission in Moscow Mr. Wang Xiaoxia and Director of the Cultural Center of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation Mr. Gong Jiajia.  

Bilateral meetings of  Vladislav Loskutov with representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the leadership of the Federal Tourism Agency, representatives of the State Tourism Administration of the People's Republic of China and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation, the leadership of the subjects of the Russian Federation, the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, public associations and tourist organizations took place on the fields of the forum.

After the conference the expositions of the museum complex dedicated to the events of the Great Patriotic War and the military and historical complex "Partisan Village" were demonstrated to the audience.

 
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"Days of Moscow" in Beijing
31.10-03.11.2017

Last week the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, paid an official visit to the People's Republic of China, during which he met with the President of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, the Prime Minister of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Li Keqiang, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang, and held the 22nd regular meeting of the Heads of Governments of Russia and China.

At the invitation of the People's Government of Beijing, during the official visit of Dmitry Medvedev to Beijing, the Moscow City Government held "Days of Moscow in Beijing" from 31st of October to 3rd of November.

The official delegation headed by Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow City Government Leonid Pechatnikov took part in the events of the Days of Moscow in Beijing with the participation of the Chairman of the Board of the Association for Promotion of Russian-Chinese Tourism Iurii Tsurkan and the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov.

During the visit, bilateral meetings and consultations were held between Iurii Tsurkan and  Vladislav Loskutov and representatives of the Management of the State Department of Tourism of the People's Government of the People's Republic of China, the Management of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretariat, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China, meetings were held with heads of tourism, insurance, financial, trade and industrial organizations and other organizations in Beijing and other regions of the People's Republic of China, agreements on cooperation were reached and agreements signed.

As part of the cultural program of the Days of Moscow in Beijing, an ice show was held with the participation of Moscow figure skaters, including Olympic champion Tatyana Navka, a concert of masters of art in Moscow, children's competitions in badminton and ushu, Photo exhibition of the Moscow Zoo, performance of the National Theatre of Folk Music and Song "Golden Ring" and the People's Artist of Russia Nadezhda Kadysheva, Gzhel ensemble, Moscow State Theatre of Folklore "Russian Song" and "Choir Turetskogo".

On 1st of November the SCO Secretariat hosted a round table on cooperation in the field of tourism between Moscow and Beijing with the participation of Alexey Tikhinenko, Head of the Hotel Industry Directorate of the Department of Sports and Tourism of the Moscow City Government, and Mr. Liu Jianming, Deputy Director General of the Department of Supervision and Management of the GUTT of the People's Republic of China.

On 2nd of November, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Association Vladislav Loskutov took part in the official dinner of the Minister of the Moscow City Government, the Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow Sergey Cheremin with the representatives of business circles of Beijing, where the presentation of the investment potential of Moscow was presented to the audience. On 2nd of November ,with the participation of the Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of Moscow Sergey Cheremin, Chairman of the Committee for Tourism Development of the People's Government of Beijing Sun Yu and Deputy Secretary General of the SCO Viacheslav Potapenko, the conference "Travel to Moscow" was held.

The Conference heard a report by Iurii Tsurkan on the topic: "Safe and comfortable conditions for foreign guests is a priority of the hospitable capital of Russia". On behalf of the Moscow Department of Internal Affairs, the report by Iurii Tsurkan highlighted the issues of cooperation between the Association and the Tourism Police of Moscow in the interests of the safety of tourists arriving in the capital from China.

At the end of the Conference, the Minister of the Moscow City Government Sergey Cheremin handed over Mr. Sun Yu "The Tree of Friendship" to the Chairman of the Tourism Development Committee of the People's Government of Beijing as a gift of the Moscow City Government to the People's Government of Beijing. "Friendship Tree" is an amber product made by a Member of the Association - Kaliningrad "Russian Amber" Holding by special order.

In the presence of Deputy Secretary General of the SCO Viacheslav Potapenko, Minister of the Moscow City Government Sergey Cheremin, Chairman of the Tourism Development Committee of the People's Government of Beijing Mr. Sun Yu and Chairman of the Association's International Activity Commission Vladislav Loskutov signed a Cooperation Agreement to develop the "One Belt - One Way" strategic partnership and cooperation program.

The agreement provides for the development of tourism along the Great Tea Road and the Great Amber Road, development of cross-border cooperation projects in tourism, cooperation in cultural, humanitarian and trade and economic spheres.

On 3rd of November  in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China, with the participation of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the People's Republic of China Alexandr Denisov, a solemn reception on behalf of the Moscow City Government was held for members of the official delegation and invited persons. Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan gave an interview to local and Russian mass media.

According to the Association's management, all the set goals and objectives were fully achieved:

- Business meetings and negotiations with potential partners were successful, a number of Agreements on cooperation in tourism and insurance were signed.

- During the meeting with the representative of the State Department of Tourism of the People's Republic of China mutual understanding was reached on the key issues of implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000.

- An important step was taken to implement the Great Tea Route Revival Project within the framework of the International Program "One Belt - One Road".

The results of the Days of Moscow in Beijing were highly appreciated by the members and partners of the Association, and the hope was expressed that it would serve as a reliable basis for the rapid development of bilateral relations on a mutually beneficial basis.

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Receiving the anniversary medal "25 years to the Council of Border Troops Commanders"
27.10.2017
 

On 27th of October in the Coordination Service of the Council of Commanders of Border Troops (CC BMTC) was held a ceremony of awarding the jubilee medal "25 years to the Council of Commanders of Border Troops" to the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladislav Loskutov.

The medal was presented by Colonel General Andrey Manilov, Chairman of the Coordinating Service of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.

The Council of Commanders of the Border Troops was established to coordinate and protect the external borders of the CIS member-states by the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth. The Chairman of the Committee is the First Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service of Russia - Head of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of Russia, Army General Viacheslav Kulishov.

 
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Meeting on urgent issues of tourists and air passengers rights protection
23.10.2017
 

On 23rd of October Vladislav Loskutov took part in the meeting on topical issues of protection of the rights of tourists and airline passengers.

The meeting was held in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation under the chairmanship of the Chairman of the Commission for the Development of Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and Preservation of Traditional Values Elena Sutormina and a member of the Committee of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Social Policy Igor Fomin with the participation of representatives of the Public Council of the Federal Tourism Agency, the Association "Tourist Aid", the Russian Sports Union of the Disabled, the All-Russian Association of Tourists and other invited ex-guests.

The meeting discussed the creation of a national system for the protection of tourists' rights, the creation of specialized funds, taxation and the introduction of a tourist national rating.

During the meeting Vladislav Loskutov informed the audience about the results of the meeting held on 17th of October in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation in connection with the order of the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation on the normalization of transportation of tourists and air passengers.

During the discussion of issues related to ensuring the safety of tourists, the participants were informed about the Association's program to create a comfortable and safe environment for foreign tourists.

This Program will be presented by the Moscow City Government at the invitation of the People's Government of Beijing "Days of Moscow in Beijing" from 31st of October to 4th of November during the visit of Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.

 
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"Summing up the results of the tourist season 2017" round table
20.10.2017
 

On 20th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the Round Table "Summing up the results of the tourist season 2017", organized by the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg.

The event, dedicated to the results of the tourist season, featured speeches by the Head of the Sector for Regional and International Projects of the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg, Deputy Director General of Saint-Petersburg State Budget Institution "CTIB" Svetlana Iuriieva, Head of the Department for Coordination of Excursion Activities of Saint-Petersburg State Budget Institution "CTIB"Andrey Gromov, Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators Victoria Bargacheva and Senior Plenipotentiary Officer for Especially Important Cases of the 9th Department of the HRC No. 2 of the Saint-Petersburg State University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and Leningrad Region Olga Polyakova.

Within the framework of the business communication event provided for by the program, the representatives of the Association discussed with the Chief Operating Officer of the 9th Department of the HFO №2 of the Main Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Region Olga Polyakova the aspects of practical implementation of the Association's Volunteer Group activities (functioning in accordance with the Association's program of creating comfortable and safe conditions for foreign tourists), which carries out activities to provide information support to foreign tourists and assists the authorities

 

Joint meeting of the Committee on Entrepreneurship of Tourism and the Legal Committee of the Association "Tourism-help"
17.10.2017
 

On 17th of October in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (CCI RF) under the direction of the Chairman of the Committee on Entrepreneurship in the sphere of tourism, resort, recreational and hotel activities of CCI RF, Vice-President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (RUTI) Iurii  Barzykin and President of RUTI Sergey Shpilko held a meeting with representatives of the Legal Committee of the Association "Tourist Aid".

The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan and the Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of the Association Vladilav Loskutov.

In the course of the meeting the issues of execution of the order of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation on the normalization of air and charter transportation, issues of emergency assistance to tourists, draft amendments to the Federal Law "On the Fundamentals of Tourist Activity in the Russian Federation" were discussed.

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Meeting with the Agriculture Department of Hubei Province delegation
13.10.2017
 

On 13th of October Vladislav Loskutov met with the delegation of the Department of Agriculture of Hubei Province (Wuhan, PRC)

The delegation was headed by Deputy Director of the Hubei Provincial Agriculture Department Mr. Tu Shenghua. The meeting was attended by Assistant Head of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor)Alexey Alekseenko, , Mr Yue Zihua, Vice-Chairman of the Xiaogang Industry and Trade Association, Chairman of the Hubei Chamber of Commerce and other officials.

The issues of revival and development of the Great Tea Route, which historically originates in Wuhan, cultural and humanitarian cooperation and tourist Russian-Chinese exchange in this direction were discussed.

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INWETEX-CIS TRAVEL MARKET 2017
12.10.2017
 

On 12th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the official opening of the jubilee exhibition INWETEX-CIS TRAVEL MARKET 2017, held in the exhibition complex LenExpo.

In the course of the program of events the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Turcan held business meetings with the Minister of Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region Andrey Ermak, Acting Head of the Information and Tourist Center of the Leningrad Region Olga Golubeva, General Director of the City Tourist Information Bureau of Saint-Petersburg Evgeniy Pankevich, Deputy Director of the North-West Regional Branch of the Russian Union of Tourism Industry Pavel Rumyantsev.

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Business meeting with the Qiong Administration delegation
23.09.2017
 

On 23rd of September in Saint-Petersburg, in the conference hall of the business center "Ligovka", a business meeting of the Management of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and its partners with the delegation of the Administration of Tsyunghai, island, Hainan, China, headed by Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China in Qianghai Mr. Liu Jian, Chairman of the Qianghai Tourism Development Committee Mr. Wu Enze and Chairman of the Qianghai Foreign Affairs Office Ms. Zhao Lihong.

The event was attended by the representatives of the Communist Party of China, the Tourism Development Committee of Qinghai, the Office of Foreign Affairs of Qinghai, the Committee of the International Medical Tourism Pilot Cluster "Lecheng" of Boao, the Boao Airport Directorate, the Semprogroup Management, as well as businessmen of the city of Zhao Lihong. Tsynkhai, from the Russian side - employees of the Information and Tourism Center of the Leningrad Region, the Management of the Association of Medical Tourism and the Association of Chinese Language Guides of Saint-Petersburg, as well as representatives of tourism, health care and retail organizations.

In the course of the meeting, the potential of medical tourism in Saint-Petersburg and Tsynkhai was presented, as well as the objects of the Red Route show in Russia and China, as the most competitive forms of tourist exchange between Russia and China.

The parties exchanged gifts, reached new agreements and established partnership business relations, aimed at developing bilateral relations between the countries and cities, in particular.

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Meeting of the Russian Federation Tourism Agency Public Council
22.09.2017

 

On 22 nd of September, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation hosted a meeting of the Public Council under Rostourism with the participation of the Secretary of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Vadim Fadeev, the Chairman of the Commission for Development of Public Diplomacy, Humanitarian Cooperation and Preservation of Traditional Values of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Elena Sutormina, the Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Nikolay Korolev, the Chairman of the Public Council under Rostourism Sergey Markov.

In the course of the meeting, Chairman of the Commission on International Activities of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Vladislav Loskutov informed the members of the Public Council of Rostourism about the results of the All-Russian public hearings on the so-called project of the Russian Party to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips, the signing of which is actively protested by the tourist community.

Vladislav Loskutov's speech aroused keen interest of the participants of the Meeting and at their request the materials of the public hearings were sent to them in writing.

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"The Agreement of Russian Federation's Government and People's Republic of China Government on visa-free group tourist exchange: amendments and alterrations" conference
13.09.2017
 

On 13th of September in the Administrative building in Moscow, in agreement with the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the second stage of the All-Russian public hearings devoted to the discussion of the so-called draft of the Russian side of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips took place.

The event gathered representatives of the leading tour operators of the Russian Federation, guides-translators of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, other tourism organizations, as well as specialized executive authorities responsible for the tourism industry.

Candidate of Historical Sciences Konstantin Yakhontov made a historical reference on the peculiarities of formation and development of tourist exchange between the PRC and the Russian Federation and, in particular, on the aspects of creation and implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the PRC on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000.

After the text of the mentioned draft Agreement was announced, a discussion arose during which the participants expressed their categorical disagreement with the attempt to revise the current Intergovernmental Agreement in favor of the interests of a transnational group that monopolized the visa-free segment of the Russian-Chinese tourist market, as well as with the implementation of the so-called "representatives of tourist organizations" - "accompanying", which, according to the Vice President of the Association of guides-translators, tour guides and tour managers of Moscow.

The speakers noted that the Federal Tourism Agency, through its efforts to legalize foreign guides-translators under the guise of accompanying persons (instead of training with the support of the state a proper number of guides-translators from among the citizens of the Russian Federation) and Partnership "World without Borders", which in May 2016 began to accredit the above-mentioned persons, destabilized the situation in the tourism market of the Russian Federation.  It was also noted that in the field of Russian-Chinese visa-free exchange Rostourism often acts arbitrarily and outside its competence.

The speakers were almost unanimous that the draft Agreement under discussion does not meet the interests of both the Russian Federation and domestic organizations operating in the field of tourism. Opinions were expressed on the damage that the Russian tourism industry may cause to the draft Agreement, if it is adopted in its current form. The participants of the conference agreed that the current Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips of 29th of February 2000, meets the modern requirements of the market and requires only small additions, not a radical revision, which is provided for by the draft Agreement under discussion.

Also the newly received information was brought to the attention of those present, according to which the beneficiaries, from among the transnational group, for a long time carried out activities with signs of illegal concealment of the purpose, goals and objectives of information systems used to ensure the process of visa-free exchange.

The representative of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation - Head of the Tourism Department of the Department of Tourism and Regional Policy Vasiliy Chesnokov informed the participants about the development of the draft federal law "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation in terms of improving the legal regulation of the activities of tour guides, guides-translators and so on".

The participants of the conference-public hearings expressed the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in the activities to protect the interests of the domestic tourism business and guides-translators, as well as voted for the adoption of appeals to the State authorities of the Russian Federation on the inadmissibility of signing the draft Agreement promoted by the Partnership "World without Borders", and a proposal to consider alternative proposals, which will be attached to the materials of the public hearings.

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Celebrating the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association's Security Commetee's Chairman's jubilee
29.08.2017

On 29th of August Chairman of the Security Commission of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Gennadiy Loginov was honored on the occasion of his 70th anniversary.

Those present expressed gratitude and appreciation for their invaluable services to the Association and selfless struggle for the national interests of the Russian tourism industry, and wished to continue their activities aimed at the development, improvement and promotion of national projects, as well as protection of the sovereignty of the Russian Federation.

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"The Agreement of Russian Federation's Government and People's Republic of China Government on visa-free group tourist exchange: amendments and alterrations" conference
16.08.2017
 

On 16th of August a conference "Amendments and additions to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips" was held in the hotel "Vvedensky".

The conference "Amendments and additions to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on Visa-Free Group Travel" was held by the Association of Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism in cooperation with the Association of Chinese Language Translators of Saint-Petersburg, in coordination with the Department of Tourism and Regional Policy of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

The participants of the public hearings discussed the so-called Project of the Russian Party "Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips", designed to replace the current Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000.

At the end of the event, the overwhelming number of votes of those present made a decision to send proposals regarding the Project to the Commissioner under the President of the Russian Federation for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov to take urgent measures on the substance of the issues raised due to their extreme importance.

The participants of the conference-public hearings were unanimous in their opinion that such deep liberalization of the current Intergovernmental Agreement, which is proposed in the Project, is obviously premature and does not fully reflect the interests of one of the Parties to the Intergovernmental Agreement.

The opinion of those present at the event was supported by tour operators and representatives of the tourism business, who, for various reasons, could not participate in the conference-public hearings.

As the honorary guests-members of the Presidium the event was attended by the Commissioner for the Protection of Entrepreneurs' Rights in Saint-Petersburg Alexandr Abrosimov, Head of the Department for the Development of Priority Areas in the field of tourism Ekaterina Bocharova, expert lawyer of the Public Council for the Development of Small Business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg Yulia Charnotskaya and Specialist of the Department of Tourist Infrastructure of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Saint-Petersburg Orhan Rzayev.

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International Amber Industry Economic Forum
28-30.07.2017
 

From 28th to 30th of July, the International Economic Forum of the Amber Industry took place at the Yantar Hall Variety Theatre (Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad Region). The Forum was dedicated to the creation of an international platform on the basis of the Kaliningrad Region for interaction and exchange of experience of business, professional and expert communities of the Russian economy, European countries, near and far abroad.

In accordance with the business program of the forum, the event dedicated to the tourism industry of the Kaliningrad region "Amber Way. Tourist attractiveness", during which the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan made a report on "Tiger Spirit", what will happen to him on the way to the Celestial Empire?", which highlighted such problems as consumer expectations of tourists from China, aspects of their service in Russia, as well as the main characteristics of the shadow business, covering the sphere of amber products to Chinese customers.

The forum also included an exhibition of amber products for small and medium-sized businesses.

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"Fly to Hainan" charter program presentation
25.07.2017
 

On 25th of July, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in a brunch-breakfast at the Corinthia Hotel Saint-Petersburg dedicated to the presentation of the opening of the weekly charter flight on the route "Saint-Petersburg - Hainan", conducted by the tour operator LLC "Matreshka-Tour" and "Sanya Wealth Travel".

Special attention was drawn to the presentation of the main tourist destinations and infrastructure facilities, the use of which is provided by the Russian tour operator LLC "Matreshka-Tour".

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Meeting with the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg Tourism Industry Commission Andrey Gorshechnikov
19.07.2017
 

On 19th of July the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg hosted a working meeting of the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan, the Representative of the Association of Chinese Language Guides of Saint-Petersburg Konstantin Yakhontov, as well as the Chairman of the Commission of the Municipal Council for Social Affairs, Culture, Relations with Public Organizations and Cooperation with the State Authorities, the Deputy of the Primorsky District of Dmitriy Shvedov with the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg Tourism Industry Commission Andrey Gorshechnikov.

During the discussion the issues of necessity of fixing at the legislative level in accordance with the protocol of the Marrakesh Agreement the legal norm that only a citizen of the Russian Federation with special education and appropriate permission (license) can work as a guide-interpreter in Saint-Petersburg.

A preliminary agreement was reached to hold a round table in the first ten-day period of September this year with the participation of all interested parties in order to discuss initiatives for the formation of legislative initiatives to protect the economic interests of Saint-Petersburg and the participants of the tourism business.

 

"Cultural Temple Fair "Ditan" International Tour
17.07.2017

On 17th of July on the Revolution Square the Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan took part in the solemn event dedicated to the opening of the photo exhibition "Rethinking the Silk Road, the Discovery of the New Beijing" in Moscow, held by the Committee on Tourism Development of Beijing in continuation of the event held on 12th of July in Saint-Petersburg.

As guests of honor, the opening was attended by the Ambassador Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to the Russian Federation, Mr. Li Hui, Head of the Representative Office of the State Administration of Tourism of the People's Republic of China in Moscow, Mr. Zhao Hongqing, Head of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow Nikolay Gulyaev, Head of the Department of Hotel Management of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow Aleksey Tikhvinenko.

During the event, the Chairman of the Board of the Association also met personally and discussed the prospects of cooperation between Moscow and Beijing in the field of tourism with Mr. Cao Pengcheng, Vice Chairman of the Committee on Tourism Development of Beijing and Ms. Zhang Zhonghua, Culture Advisor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Russian Federation.

 

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"Working with Chinese clients" training
12.07.2017

On 12th of July representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association within the framework of the Program "Cultural convergence of the tourism industry in Russia and China" at the invitation of the "Air Gate of the Northern Capital" acted as expert hosts at the training "Features of working with Chinese clients".

Representatives of the Association told the audience about the peculiarities of business etiquette, mentality of Chinese citizens, as well as aspects of service and needs of guests from China.

The training was implemented in the format of Q&A, which allowed to cover to a greater extent the interests of all participants of the event and maintain an atmosphere of lively discussion with representatives of the Association.

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Beijing Municipal Comission of Tourism Development Delegation
"Rethinking the Silk Road, Opening the New Beijing"
12.07.2017

On 12th of July, at the Kempinski Hotel the opening of the photo exhibition "Rethinking the Silk Road, Discovery of New Beijing" took place, which was organized and held with the participation of the Association for Promotion of Russian-Chinese Tourism in cooperation with Triumph LLC.

Welcoming speeches were made by Vice Chairman of the Beijing Tourism Development Committee Mr. Cao Penchen, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Saint-Petersburg Tourism Industry Commission Andrey Gorshechnikov, Deputy Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Nana Gvicia, First Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg, Mr. Jan Shuu, Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii  Tsurkan.

"Rethinking the Silk Road, Opening of the New Beijing" is a new direction implemented by the Committee for Tourism Development of Beijing in order to strengthen relations between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, as well as to develop tourism in both countries.

At the end of the official part of the event the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan presented the main prize of the charity lottery to the director of the Saint-Petersburg tour operator "Ellinline" Tatiana Titova - a tour to Beijing from the leading tour operator of the People's Republic of China with accommodation in a 5* hotel.

At the end of the event, the grand opening ceremony of the photo exhibition dedicated to the development of tourism in Beijing under the slogan: "Rethinking the Silk Route, the discovery of a new Beijing.

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International Tourism Exhibition BITE-2017
16-18.06.2017
 

From 16th to 18th of June, the delegation of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, headed by Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan  took part in the international tourism exhibition BITE-2017, held in Beijing, China.

On 16th of June, within the framework of the program of events, a seminar on promotion of inbound tourism at BITE 2017 was held, where  Iurii Tsurkan made a report on "Prospects of cooperation between the Chinese and Russian tourism industry", in which he highlighted the need to develop the tourist infrastructure of the cities receiving tourists from China, noted a set of measures aimed at increasing information awareness of tourists coming into unfamiliar surroundings, as well as paid attention to the problems of correcting business models implemented in the context of the Agreement The seminar was attended by more than 150 people, among whom were representatives of the tourism industry, administrative authorities regulating the issues of tourism in China and other countries of the Asian region. The seminar also featured presentations of the Association's member companies and partners.

In accordance with the official program of events, on the second day, on 17th of June , there was held a press conference of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow, which was attended by the Head of the Department of Hotel Management of the Department of Sports and Tourism of Moscow A. Tikhnenko, Head of Sales Development Sector in the Asian market of "Russian Railways Tour" Anna Evstigneyeva, where Iurii Tsurkan also spoke with the topic "Safe and comfortable conditions for foreign guests - the priority of the hospitable capital of Russia", dedicated to the consideration of the problems of the region.

During the exhibition, member tour operators and partners of the Association, through presentations and handouts, presented their services and products at the main tourist exhibition in China, thus presenting the tourism potential of Russia.

According to the results of the international tourism exhibition BITE-2017, the unique stand of Moscow was awarded 4 prizes: "The most outstanding stand", "The most popular stand", "The most creative stand" and "The best stand organization".

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Jiang Su Province delegation meeting
23.06.2017
 

On 23rd of June an international business meeting with a delegation from the administration and tour operators of Jiangsu Province was organized in the Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel by the tour operator Triumph LLC together with Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

The purpose of this reception was to further develop relations between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China in the field of tourism, thanks to personal communication with the authorities of the Chinese tourism industry.

On the part of the People's Republic of China, representatives of the Jiangsu Province Administration and the cities of Suzhou, Huai'An, Taizhou and Lian Yungang were present. Representatives of the City Tourist Information Bureau of Saint-Petersburg and the Leningrad Region delivered welcoming speeches from Russia. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Russian tourism industry.

During the tea party, which followed the official part of the event, business negotiations were held to establish contacts between representatives of the Russian and Chinese sides.

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Presentation of the tourist and recreational potential of the Krasnoyarsk Region
30.05.2017

On 30th of May representatives of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the presentation of the tourism and recreational potential of the Krasnoyarsk region.

General Director of Saint-Petersburg City Tourist Information Bureau Evgeniy Pankevich, Governor of Krasnoyarsk Krai Vasiliy Tolokonsky, Chairman of the Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk Krai Anna Uss and Minister of Culture of Krasnoyarsk Territory Elena Mironenko took part in the event as the honorary guests.

In the course of business communication the Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin privately discussed with the Minister of Culture of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Elena Mironenko the aspects of implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips and the prospects of bilateral cooperation in order to strengthen the image of the tourism industry of the Russian Federation.

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Round table "The struggle of the Chinese tourist: problems and opportunities for Kaliningrad"
11.05.2017

 

On 11th of May RBC Kaliningrad hosted a round table on "Fighting for Chinese tourists: problems and opportunities for Kaliningrad" at the site of the Western Press Media Group in Kaliningrad. Chairman of the Board of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan and General Director of Best Drive LLC Kira Zhuravskaya took part in the round table as experts.

The attendees discussed the potential of Kaliningrad in the field of Chinese tourism, the economic component of the Russian-Chinese tourism segment, the prospects for further development of the sector in question, as well as the promotion of cooperation between different cities and enterprises as the main way to create an attractive offer for Chinese tourists. The round table focused on the efforts of the odious organization OMIT World without Borders to implement illegal guides and interpreters, as well as violations of trade rules and illegal tour operators' activities of individuals.

The event was attended by Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Kaliningrad Region Andrey Ermak, Advisor to the Governor for Development of the Kaliningrad Region and International Cooperation Alexey Ignatyev, Head of the International Relations Department of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region Denis Mironyuk as well as representatives of the tourism business of the Kaliningrad Region and other regions.

As a result of the discussion, an understanding was reached on the main issues to be discussed, and the participants of the conference decided to inform each other within the framework of the process, to provide mutual assistance and support.

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Presentation of the Lanshan District of Linyi City
11.05.2017

On 11th of May,representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and its partners took part in the presentation of the cultural and trade potential of the Langshan district of Linha in the "Big Restaurant Qin".

The event was also attended by representatives of the Committee for External Relations of Saint-Petersburg, representatives of the Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region, Consul for Trade and Industrial Cooperation of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg, Director General of the Russian-Chinese Business Park, Chairman of the Chinese Society of Saint-Petersburg, as well as representatives of retail trade and other business sectors of Saint-Petersburg.

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VIII Russian specialized exhibition "Tourism. Sport. Rest" - "Tourist factory". City of Izhevsk
28-30.04.2017

From 28th to 30th of April a partner of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association - Travel Industry LLC took part in the VIII All-Russian Specialized Exhibition in Izhevsk.

The exhibition "Turzavod" became a platform for presentations of projects of the district stage of the VI All-Russian festival-competition of video presentations "Divo Rossii".

In the framework of this exhibition for the first time representatives of Chinese travel companies took part.

Taking into account the importance of the event, Travel Industry LLC paid special attention to the development of tourism in the region, cooperation with Chinese partners in Udmurtia, creation of comfortable and safe conditions for foreign tourists. 

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Press conference dedicated to the preparation of the city-organizer of Saint-Petersburg for the Confederations Cup FIFA 2017
27.04.2017
 

On 27th of April in the Press Center of Saint-Petersburg, the host city of the FIFA World Cup 2018, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in a press conference dedicated to the preparation of the host city of Saint-Petersburg for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.

At the press conference, information was presented on the preparation of transport infrastructure to ensure the movement of viewers, the result of the recruitment of citizens in the volunteer program.

During the press conference the Ambassador of the host city of Saint-Petersburg Gennady Orlov presented the volunteers with a travel card "Podorozhnik" with the official symbols of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.

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Video bridge "Moscow - Beijing" The system of ensuring public control in the security sphere: Russian and Chinese experience
20.04.2017

On 20th of April Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Turcan took part in the video conference "Moscow - Beijing". System of public control in the field of security: the experience of Russia and China", held in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation.

The purpose of the event was to exchange practice and experience of public control in ensuring public safety at various types of facilities between specialists of the National Security Service of Russia and China, as well as to create a unified information environment between specialists of Russia and China.

In the course of the event, an international action organized by Russian compatriots in China was also announced - #PutinIsNumberOne, coordinated by Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

 

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International Conference "Improving the Interaction of Russian Tourist Destinations on the Development of Incoming Tourism from the People's Republic of China: Practice and Trends"
13.04.2017

On 13th of April the International Conference "Improving the interaction of Russian tourist destinations on the development of inbound tourism from the People's Republic of China: practice and trends" took place in the "Lotte Hotel Moscow".

Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association represented by the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan, Member of the Audit Commission of the Association, Director General of Best Drive LLC Kira Zhuravskaya and Chairman of the Commission on International Activities Vladislav Loskutov took part in the International Conference "Improvement of interaction of Russian tourist destinations on the development of inbound tourism from the People's Republic of China: practice and trends".

The official part of the event was finished with his speech by the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan: he informed the participants of the conference about the main goals and objectives of the Association, as well as its achievements during the past period, in particular, about the demonopolization of the market of related services under the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips, provision of legal support to tourist companies to include them in the work within the framework of the Intergovernmental Agreement, prevention of the implementation of illegal guides under the auspices of the Association.

He also drew attention to such problematic issues as: the order of training of guides-translators on a budgetary basis in accordance with the State contract, as well as proposals for amendments and additions to the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips from 29th of February 2000.

Upon completion of the event, the group of its participants made a decision on sending an appeal to the legislative executive authorities in connection with the concern of the tourist community about the ambiguous situation associated with the development of the Russian-Chinese visa-free travel.

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Joint scientific and practical conference of guides and tour operators of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow
"Inbound tourism from China: how to fix everything?"
16.03.2017

On 16th of March Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii  Tsurkan, as well as members and partners of the Association took part in the scientific conference of guides and tour operators of Russia: "Inbound tourism from China: how to fix everything", held with the support of the Committee on Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg.

The participants of the conference listened to the reports of the representatives of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Irkutsk and Vladivostok tourist industry on the current situation in the sphere of receiving tourists from China, in particular, within the framework of visa-free exchange.

The report "Commercial and non-commercial organizations at the intersection of private and public interests in tourism" was made by Iurii Turcan, in which he concluded that inside the government body, with the participation of interested officials, was formed a legal system designed for both systematic and non-systemic influence on the main directions of the federal body and decision-making in the interests of the main beneficiary and related persons, as well as suggested ways out of the existing market of Russian-Chinese.

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Presentation "Another Haikou"
12.03.2017

On 12th of March Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association in cooperation with the Chinese Business Center invited and organized an event at the site of a large Chinese restaurant "Big Qin Restaurant" to present the tourist destinations of Haikou and Hainan Province to the tourist community of Saint-Petersburg in order to expand the popularity and credibility in Russia. Also within the framework of the presentation was announced the opening of a direct charter flight Moscow - Haikou and Saint-Petersburg - Haikou.

The Chinese side was represented at the event by the heads of the Committee for Tourism Development of Haikou and the Committee for Tourism Development of Hainan Province and tourism organizations, from the Russian side there were representatives of the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg, Chinese Business Center and Association for Promotion of Russian-Chinese Tourism, as well as tour operators of Saint-Petersburg.

Within the framework of the event new agreements were concluded and principal agreements were reached in the sphere of Russian-Chinese cooperation in the tourist destination.

The Association's management reached an agreement with the Committee on Tourism Development of Haikou and the Committee on Tourism Development of Hainan Province on deepening cooperation and expanding the sphere of cooperation.

Representatives of the Chinese side expressed gratitude to the Association for the invitation to visit Russia.

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Presentation of tourism potential of Hangzhou
02.03.2017

 On 2nd of March Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association in cooperation with the tour operator Best Drive LLC held an event dedicated to the presentation of the tourist potential of Hangzhou in order to establish partnerships between the tourist industries of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation, and, in particular, Saint-Petersburg and Hangzhou.

The delegation of the heads of the leading tourism organizations and representatives of the Administration and the Committee on Tourism was headed by the Vice Mayor of Hangzhou Mr. Zhang Jianting.

On the eve of the event, the delegation of Hangzhou in Smolny held a meeting with the Acting Governor of Saint-Petersburg Alexander Govorunov and Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Andrey Mushkarev.

The Russian authorities were represented by the Heads of the Committee for Tourism Development and the Committee for External Relations of Saint-Petersburg, the Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Region, the Municipality of Sestroretsk, as well as the City Tourist Information Bureau of Saint-Petersburg and the Tourist Information Center of the Leningrad Region.

The participants of the event had the opportunity to personally communicate with the heads of the leading organizations of the tourism industry of Hangzhou, new agreements were reached and partnership business relations were established to develop bilateral tourism relations between the two countries and cities, in particular.

Within the framework of the event there was a bilateral meeting between the Deputy Head of the Tourism Committee of the Leningrad Region Isakova Marina and the Vice Mayor of Hangzhou Mr. Zhang Jianting on the issues of expanding cooperation in the field of tourism.

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Round table on cooperation of Veliky Novgorod and Saint-Petersburg in the field of tourism
14.02.2017

On 14th of February in the office of Saint-Petersburg State Committee of Ukraine "City Tourist Information Bureau" the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the round table on cooperation between Veliky Novgorod and Saint-Petersburg in the field of tourism.

During the working meeting, reports were made by Director General of Saint-Petersburg State Budget Institution "CTIB" Evgeny Pankevich, Consultant to the Committee on Tourism of the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Novgorod region Irina Petrova, Director of the MBU "MDG "Krasnaya Izba"Marina Lebedeva, as well as representatives of the tourism industry of the Novgorod region.

The parties discussed the potential for cooperation between Saint-Petersburg and the Novgorod region and ways to increase mutual tourist flows.

Representatives of the Association presented to the participants the Program of creation of safe and comfortable conditions for foreign tourists and its possibilities.

The Association will gladly provide contact information for representatives of the Veliky Novgorod tourism industry to interested parties.

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Celebration of the "Chinese New Year" in the Russian-Chinese Business Park
04-11.02.2017

From 4th to 11th of February celebration of "Chinese New Year" was organized in the exhibition complex "LenExpo" Chinese business center of Saint-Petersburg with the participation of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

On 11th of February, as part of the business part of the event, the Heads of the Association held a number of business meetings and presented to the participants the Program of creation of safe and comfortable conditions for foreign tourists, as well as related activities of the Association aimed at the development of tourist exchange between the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China.

Cooperation agreements were signed with new partners of the Association.

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Antor MICE WORKSHOP 2017
26.01.2017

On 26th of January representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the annual MICE workshop dedicated to the development of business tourism at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Representatives of the Association met with the organizers of business, event and corporate trips, hotels, airlines, business and conference centers, transport and cruise companies to discuss the prospects of cooperation.

 

Press conference on cooperation between Saint-Petersburg and the Saimaa region in the field of tourism
26.01.2017

On 26th of January representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in a workshop at the Ambassador Hotel, where representatives of Saint-Petersburg and the Saimaa region spoke to journalists at a press conference.

Representatives of the Association representing the interests of its members and partners had a long conversation with Director of the Department of Tourism Development of Savonlinna City Hall Mr. Pellervo Kokkonen, during which they touched upon the development of Russian-Finnish tourism.

As a result of the conversation, oral agreements were reached on holding joint meetings to develop and agree on the provisions of the cooperation agreement between the Association and the Department of Tourism Development of the City Hall of Savonlinna in order to develop relations between the regions of Finland and Russia.

 

Federal Tourism Agency seminar dedicated to tourist services in the Russian Federation, taking into account their national and religious characteristics
19.12.2016

On 19th of December Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the Seminar on Tourist Services in the Russian Federation, taking into account their national and religious characteristics, which was held in the Analytical Center under the Government of the Russian Federation in Moscow under the chairmanship of the Head of Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.

Also, the event, which was held as part of the work of Federal Tourism Agency on the development of inbound tourism, was attended by representatives of federal executive authorities, executive authorities of the Russian Federation in the field of tourism, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Public Council of the Federal Tourism Agency, associations and professional associations that coordinate the interaction of the tourism business in various aspects of organizing inbound tourism, as well as representatives of the media.

The seminar in the format of a round table discussed the issues of servicing foreign tourists and increasing tourist flow from abroad. It was noted that creating a comfortable environment for foreign tourists in Russia is a priority task for 2017.

Representatives of the Association addressed a question to Ivan Vvedensky, who is the Chairman of the Commission for the development and support of inbound tourism of the Public Council under the Federal Tourism Agency and a member of the Board of the Partnership "World without Borders", about the reason for the support of illegal activities of foreign guides-translators.

The question was asked because the position of Partnership "World without Borders" differs from the opinion of the absolute majority of the representatives of the tourist community and the proposed amendments to the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in the Federal Law № 132 "On the Fundamentals of Tourist Activity in the Russian Federation", which establish that guides (guides) and guides-translators in the territory of the Russian Federation can work only with the citizenship of the Russian Federation.

Ivan Vvedensky evaded the answer, but in the course of the discussion the participants expressed their diametrical opinions on the topic of amendments to the Federal Law. For example, Deputy Chairman of the Public Council under Federal Tourism Agency Densi Davydenko spoke in support of the activities of foreign guides-translators.

 

Meeting with the delegation of the Federation of Travel Agencies of India (TAFI) at the State Institution of the Saint-Petersburg STIB
19.12.2016

On 19th of December in the office of Saint-Petersburg "City Tourist Information Bureau" Association of Russian-Chinese Tourism Promotion took part in the working meeting with the delegation of the Federation of Travel Agents of India - TAFI (Travel Agents Federation of India).

During the working meeting the heads of the Committee for Development of Saint-Petersburg, City Tourist Information Bureau, Saint-Petersburg Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Russian Information Center in India and Saint-Petersburg State University made reports. President of TAFI Mr. Pravin Chugh made a detailed report on the Federation's activities and spoke about the actions taken by the Government of India and the Federation of Indian Travel Agencies to develop outbound and inbound tourism. As it is known, in the past year the flow of tourists from India showed positive growth dynamics - 47.15 thousand (+18%).

The parties discussed the potential of Saint-Petersburg and Russia as a tourist destination for tourists from the Republic of India, ways to increase mutual tourist flows, promotion of Russia and Saint-Petersburg, in particular, in the tourist market of India.

The participants presented an initiative to launch the India Friendly project aimed at creating comfortable conditions for tourists from India.

Representatives of the Association reported on the possibilities of information and legal support within the framework of the Program of creation of comfortable and safe conditions for foreign tourists and discussed with the President of TAFI and members of the Federation's leadership, who are owners and managers of Indian tourism organizations, possible ways of cooperation.

The Association will gladly provide the contact details of the Indian Federation of Travel Agents' Guidelines to interested parties.

 

Celebration of the first  Russian-chinese tourism promoting Association anniversary
13.12.2016

 

On 13th of December Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association celebrated its first anniversary at the "Big Restaurant Qin".

The event was attended by heads of tourism industry organizations of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, as well as companies operating in the tourism industry. Among the honored guests were representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Government of Saint-Petersburg, the Chinese Business Center, the airport "Pulkovo".

The Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan delivered a welcoming speech, his speech was continued by the Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin, who, in turn, in the format of presentation informed the audience about the successes and achievements of the Association over the past year.

The representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Saint-Petersburg, Vladimir Zapevalov expressed his gratitude to the Association for the organization of the Volunteer Group, which provided truly effective assistance in the summer season in solving acute problems with Chinese tourists.

Commercial Director of "Air Gates of Saint-Petersburg" Ilyin Evgeny told about the importance of the Association's activities related to the work of the airport "Pulkovo".

President of the Chinese Society in Saint-Petersburg Mr. Chen Zhigang noted that an extremely important feature of the Association's activity is its consistent struggle for fair market conditions for all bona fide companies.

General Director of Best Drive LLC Kira Zhuravskaya wished the Association not to lose the rhythm of its work and to continue to actively defend the interests of Russian-Chinese tourism market participants.

Those present had the opportunity to enjoy the exquisite interior, taste dishes of Chinese cuisine and just chat and congratulate each other on the coming New Year in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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"Chinese vector in tourism: problems and prospects" conference in Moscow
08.12.2016
 

On 8th of December Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association held a conference on "The Chinese Vector in Tourism: Problems and Prospects" in the tourist and hotel complex "ALPHA".

The formal occasion was an article in the newspaper Izvestia "The ban on foreign guides will hit the tourism business," in which the executive director of “World without Borders” voiced the intentions of this organization to make changes to the draft of the Federal Law" On the Fundamentals of Tourist Activity in the Russian Federation in terms of providing foreigners with the opportunity to carry out labor activities as a guide interpreter in Russia.

The event was attended by tour operators of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, involved in the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips, as well as representatives of the Association of guides, tour guides and tour managers of Moscow and Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators, as well as representatives of the media. Representatives of the Moscow Tourism Police and the Department of National Policy and Interregional Relations of Moscow were invited as honorary guests. The event was attended by more than 40 representatives of organizations operating in the field of tourism.

Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan made a presentation of the Program of creation of comfortable and safe conditions for foreign tourists in order to familiarize those present with the full range of activities implemented by the Association in the interests of the tourist community. The Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin conducted an information report on the main results achieved by the Association during the past period.

Candidate of Historical Sciences in Ethnography Konstantin Yakhontov, within the framework of his report on "Inbound tourism from China: why did everything not go quite the way we expected" explained that the annual increase in tourist flow from China attracts new participants, which increases the demand for professional guides and interpreters. He also concluded that the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips of 29th of February 2000, which was clearly created in the second half of the 90s, is a "product of the shadow economy of that period", thus he explained the shortcomings of the Intergovernmental Agreement as a legal act. The Intergovernmental Agreement, which is a product of the use of public resources, is at the crossroads of public and private interests, which allows some beneficiaries with close ties in the authorities to carry out activities that meet their purely personal interests, thus they are able to prevent undesirable companies from carrying out activities in the framework of visa-free Russian-Chinese tourist exchange.

Summing up his speech, Konstantin Yakhontov added that as a result of the described historical realities of the formation of the modern Chinese tourism market, a shadow market of sales and resale of confirmations about the reception of tourist groups of Chinese citizens has been formed in Russia, which allows Russian and Chinese unscrupulous entrepreneurs to resist attempts to resolve the current situation in the part of the formed illegal monopolization of the tourist services market. In this situation, the main beneficiaries have the opportunity to promote "accompanying tourist groups" (illegal guides and interpreters), which do not operate in the interests of the Russian economy.

The program of the conference included a discussion of the main problematic issues raised at the event. Since the Chairman of the Board of Partnership "World without Borders" and his deputy did not respond to the invitation, instead of discussion it was proposed to hold a discussion.

During the discussion of program issues, tour operators and tour guides-translators expressed their dissatisfaction with the current situation on the market of tourist services in recent years, which manifested itself in the creation of an artificial monopoly and promotion of the ideas of the introduction of "accompanying tourist groups" and other campaigns created and implemented by some unscrupulous employees of Partnership "World without Borders" and Federal Tourism Agency in the interests of the Chinese side. In such conditions, some tour operators and tour guides have become unable to conduct their activities in full, as provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Following the results of the Conference, the Vice-President of the Association of guides-translators and tour managers of Moscow Marina Kressova proposed to form a collective appeal to the executive bodies of municipal and state authorities, as well as to the deputies of the State Duma on the inadmissibility of including in the draft Federal Law "On the Fundamentals of Tourist Activity in the Russian Federation" an amendment that guides-translators under the new law may be foreign citizens, which will undoubtedly entail negative consequences for the entire tourism industry in Russia.

Alexey Pikover, a senior research fellow at the Institute of the Far East of the Russian Academy of Sciences, suggested that information on violations by Partnership "World without Borders" and its associated enterprises in the field of information security of the Russian Federation should be sent to the investigating authorities.

The Executive Director of the Association  Roman Lyzhin made an initiative to send a proposal to bring the market of visa-free Russian-Chinese tourism within the legal framework.

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CITM-2016
11-13.11.2016

From 11 to 13 November 2016 in Shanghai New International Expo Center, China of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association’s touroperators-members and partners took part in the CITM-2016.

According to the official events-program Association’s and its members’ presentation, in which main Russian-Chinese tourism-exchange participants were presented, was held on November 11. The same day, the Moscow Department of national policy, inter-regional relations and tourism held a press conference with the head of the hotel industry management of Moscow Department of national policy, inter-regional relations and tourism Tihnenko Alexei – the Head of the Moscow delegation, which was attended by Tcurkan Iurii – the Association’s Chairman. During the meeting with the media the main issues related to the development of Russian-Chinese visa-free exchange as well as the benefits of the "Safe and comfort tourism program", which Association performs in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, were discussed.

Association's stand was visited by Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Korneev Sergey, who wished the exhibition participants success in their ongoing programs aimed at the development of the Russian tourism industry.

During the exhibition Association’s touroperators-members held a meeting with representatives of the Chinese provinces administrations, various organizations involved in the provision of tourist services and with associations.

According to the participants’ opinion, the exhibition was a major success, set-goals for announcing Association’s and its members’ projects on the Chinese market have been achieved. B2B communications, organised with the support of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association, the participants found new partners, as well as promising contacts for business development.

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Ceremony of rewarding volunteers involved in the implementation process of the
"Safe and comfortable tourist environment" Program
25.10.2016
 
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Presentation of the tourism potential of the Dagestan Republic 
21.10.2016

On 21st of October representatives of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association attended the presentation of tourist and recreational potential of the Republic of Dagestan in the State Budgetary Institution “City Tourist Information Bureau”.

Within the framework of the event, representatives of the Association met with the Minister of Tourism and Folk Arts of the Republic of Dagestan Magomed Isaev, as well as with representatives of the tourism business to discuss the tourism potential in the context of the development of Russian-Chinese tourism.

 

"China Day" in "Pulkovo" Airport
20.10.2016
 

On 20th of October Pulkovo Airport hosted China Day, an event dedicated to introducing Chinese culture and traditions to passengers and guests of Saint-Petersburg. Representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association were invited as honorary guests.

Commercial Director of the Northern Capital Gateway LLC Ilyin Evgeny, Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Andrey Mushkarev and First Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg Mr. Zhang Shuyun made a solemn speech.

During the event, representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association met with employees of China Southern, China Eastern, Hainan Airlines to promote the activities undertaken within the framework of the program to create a comfortable and safe environment for foreign tourists.

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INWETEX-CIS TRAVEL MARKET
13.10.2016

On 13th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association visited the oldest tourism exhibition in Saint-Petersburg - INWETEX-CIS TRAVEL MARKET, which was held in Pavilion 7 of the exhibition complex LenExpo.

The main event of the event was the VII Saint-Petersburg Hotel Forum, in which speeches were made by: Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia Sergey Korneev, Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Andrey Mushkarev, Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Investment Committee Irina Babyuk and Deputy Head of the Department of National Policy, Interregional Relations and Tourism of Moscow Konstantin Goryainov. The participants discussed the main issues of development of the hospitality sphere, improvement of the legislative basis of tourist services provision and prospects of the tourist sphere as a whole.

Employees of the Association held talks with representatives of tourism companies, focusing on the need to create a favorable and safe environment for tourists arriving in Russia, to improve the image of Russia in the world.

 

Meeting in the B2B format with the tourist industry of the Kaliningrad Region in Saint-Petersburg
12.10.2016

On 12th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association attended a presentation of the tourism potential of the Kaliningrad region in the conference hall "Neva" of the hotel complex "Moika Kempinski”.

Within the framework of the event, representatives of the Association met with the Minister of Tourism of the Kaliningrad region Andrey Ermak, as well as with tour operators directly providing tourism services in the Kaliningrad region, to discuss the tourism potential in the context of the development of Russian-Chinese tourism.

 

Meeting with a delegation from Anhui Province
12.10.2016
 

On 12th of October representatives of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the meeting with the official delegation of entrepreneurs and organizations representing Anhui Province, China, in the Russian-Chinese Business Park.

The Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg Ms. Guo Min, who took part in the event, expressed her deepest gratitude and personally thanked the Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurkan for the work done in the field of Russian-Chinese tourism and expressed support for the Association's initiatives, which, in her opinion, will contribute to the further development of tourism and Russian-Chinese relations, in particular.

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Meeting at the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation
05.10.2016

On 5th of October a meeting regarding the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips was held in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, in the presence of the Director of the Department of Tourism and Regional Policy of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Yarilova.

Among those present were representatives of the Department of National Policy, Interregional Relations and Tourism of Moscow, Deputy Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Sergey Korneev and Chairman of the Board of the Association Iurii Tsurcan, as well as representatives of the Association of guides and interpreters of Moscow.

The participants discussed the issues of further development of intergovernmental relations between Russia and China in the field of tourism and formulated their proposals for improving the mechanisms of implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement and methods of monitoring their implementation.

 

67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China
29.09.2016

On 29th of September  representatives of the Russian-chinese tourism promoting Association participated in the event dedicated to the celebration of the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China at the "Astoria" hotel.

On behalf of the members of the Association Tсurkan Iurii congratulated Ms. Guo Ming - the General Council of PRC in Saint-Petersburg and expressed hope for further development of relations between China and Russia, in particular, cooperation of the Chinese Consulate in Saint-Petersburg and the promotion of the Russian-chinese tourism promoting Association.

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Meeting at the Department of national policies, regional relations and tourism of Moscow
27.09.2016

On 27th of September Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan met with representatives of the Department of National Policy, Interregional Relations and Tourism of Moscow: Deputy Head Konstantin Goryainov and Head of the Department of Tourism Alexandr Bandurin.

Within the framework of the meeting the interim results of the Association's activity in Moscow were considered in terms of implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips and ways of its further development.

 

Meeting with Head of the Federal Tourism Agency - Oleg Safonov
27.09.2016

On 27th of September Chairman of the Board of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan met with the Head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov.

During the meeting the issues of further development of activities under the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the People's Republic of China on visa-free group tourist trips were discussed.

The Head of the Federal Tourism Agency conveyed congratulations to the participants of the Association on the professional holiday - International Day of Tourism and expressed hope for productive cooperation.

 

The annual industry conference "The tourist industry in Northwest Russia"
24.08.2016

On 24th of August the Vvedensky Hotel hosted the Annual Industry Conference "Tourist Industry of North-West Russia" with the support of the Plenipotentiary Office of the President of the Russian Federation in the North-West Federal District. The series of industry conferences "Vector of Development" was organized by the Public Chamber of the Leningrad Region and the All-Russian Public Organization of Small and Medium Enterprises "OPORA RUSSIA".

The Conference was attended by representatives of legislative and executive authorities of the regions of North-West Russia, commercial and non-commercial organizations of tourism and hospitality, transport companies, information technology, consulting and auditing organizations. Among the speakers and participants of the conference were members and partners of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association.

The conference was moderated by Gerasimov Roman, a journalist and presenter of Channel 5.

In the framework of the Plenary session "Inbound and domestic tourism in the North-West: status and prospects" the issues of strategic development of the tourism industry, priority types of tourism, sources of tourist traffic, as well as the readiness of infrastructure: transport, medicine, communications, payment systems, insurance and further were discussed. Particular interest among those present was aroused by the problems of registered transportation in tourism, those present discussed the shortcomings of the current legislation and possible solutions. During the discussion of the issue "State support and interaction: goals, forms and institutions, addressees, expected results" by the tour operators who were present at the Conference, they expressed their dissatisfaction with the actions of the Federal Tourism Agency (Federal Tourism Agency), which allowed violations of their legal rights to carry out their labor activities. The warning issued on 03.08.2016 by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Federal Tourism Agency was widely discussed, as the orders issued by the authority No. 138-Pr-15 dated 31.03.2015 and No. 88-Pr-16 dated 16.03.2016, which set requirements for tourist organizations not provided for by the Intergovernmental Agreement, thus creating conditions for restricting competition between tourist organizations.

At the panel discussion "Economy of tourism" the topics of innovative development of the tourism industry were raised, the main problems and ways to overcome them were discussed. Special attention was paid to the issue of "Interaction of large, medium and small businesses of the industry". Members of the Partnership "World without Borders" expressed numerous claims to the activities of this organization on the issues within the competence of the above mentioned non-commercial partnership. A significant part of the audience was not satisfied with the answers of the Executive Director of Partnership "World without Borders".

At the expert session "On trends in the industry, breakthrough business models, best practices of growth", the report "Promotion of territories and the formation of global tourism products: Russian and international experience" aroused special interest among those present.

This discussion platform within the framework of the Annual Industry Conference "Tourism Industry of North-West Russia" proved itself as an arena where the most promising and progressive projects in the field of tourism are "tested".

 

Presentation of the city of Saint-Petersburg for tour operators and journalists from Brazil and China in the Radisson Royal Hotel
22.08.2016

On 22nd of August in the Radisson Royal Hotel in the conference hall "Stasov/Ushakov", on the initiative of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee a presentation of Saint-Petersburg for tour operators and journalists from Brazil and the People's Republic of China was held.

The presentation was attended by representatives of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee, the City Tourist Information Bureau, network and non-network hotels, operators providing reception services for tourists from Asia and Latin America, museum and theater complexes and other tourism professionals.

The presentation of the Program of creation of comfortable and safe conditions for foreign tourists visiting Russia was made by the Executive Director of the Association Roman Lyzhin. The presentation of the Association's Program aroused keen interest among those present.

 

The opening ceremony of «China Eastern Airlines» Saint-Petersburg - Shanghai flights 
22.06.2016

On 22nd of June members of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association took part in the opening ceremony of regular flights of China Eastern Airlines at the Saint-Petersburg - Shanghai exchange rate, which took place in the restaurant "Europe" of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe.

The event was attended by a delegation from Shanghai and Russian representatives of China Eastern Airlines, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Saint-Petersburg, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint-Petersburg, Representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saint-Petersburg, management of Pulkovo Airport, representatives of the tourist community of Saint-Petersburg, as well as the media.

Deputy Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee Rimma Sachunova delivered a welcoming speech, followed by a delegation from Shanghai and Pulkovo Airport management.

At the ceremony, the new air supply channel to Saint-Petersburg - Shanghai was presented and a video presentation was made to showcase the tourism potential of Shanghai.

 

Meeting of the Public Council for the development of small business under the Governor of  Saint-Petersburg
09.06.2016

On 9th of June the Public Council for the Development of Small Business under the Governor of Saint-Petersburg  held a meeting with the agenda "Development of provisions to expand the list of market participants engaged in the provision of services to tourist groups from China. Ensuring compliance with fair competition principles".

Following the results of the Meeting it was decided to send a complaint from the Public Council to the Federal Antimonopoly Service and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alla Manilova, who coordinates the work of the Federal Tourism Agency, as well as to send a collective complaint from tour operators of Saint-Petersburg and Moscow, which will be sent to the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation.

 

Guides-Interpreters and tour-operators Emergency Meeting in Saint-Petersburg
19.05.2016 

On 19th of May an extraordinary meeting of tour operators of Saint-Petersburg on urgent issues was held in the premises of the State Budget Institution "CTIB" of Saint-Petersburg in terms of introduction of the specialty "Accompanying tourist groups" not established by the Labor Legislation of the Russian Federation and other problematic issues in the tourism industry of Saint-Petersburg.

The organizers of the meeting were: Association for Assistance to Russian-Chinese Tourism and Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators.

The following issues were on the Agenda of the Extraordinary Meeting:

 1. information of the President of the Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators Victoria Bargacheva on the self-governance of the NP OMIT "World without Borders" and illegal actions that caused a massive loss of jobs among Chinese language guides and interpreters.

 2. Report of the Chairman of the Council of Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association Iurii Tsurkan "On the situation in the Russian-Chinese segment of the tourism business and ways out of the crisis" /

 3. Speech by the Chairman of the Board of NWRO RST Leonid Flyt on topical issues of the state of the tourism industry in Saint-Petersburg and the North-Western Federal District.

The event was attended by 28 heads of travel industry enterprises of our city, transport enterprises and other organizations related to the implementation of the reception of foreign tourists in Saint-Petersburg, as well as representatives of the Saint-Petersburg Association of Chinese Language Translators. The majority of those present took part in the discussion.

Following the results of the Extraordinary Meeting an open letter was signed to the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko.

 

The meeting with the official delegation of Chengdu city
24.04.2016

In order to promote the tourism potential of the city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, on 24th of April in Saint-Petersburgg in the Chinese Business Center a presentation dedicated to the cultural and tourist life of the city of Chengdu, Sichuan tourism opportunities was held. The presentation was followed by the meeting with the delegation of the Russian and Chinese sides, the Russian side in the negotiations involved Russian-Chinese Tourism promoting Association.

The event was attended by representatives of the Saint-Petersburg Administration, the Chinese Consulate in Saint-Petersburg, the Saint-Petersburg Tourism Development Committee, the Chinese Society of Saint-Petersburg, Union of Artists of the Russian Youth Association, as well as heads of enterprises of tourist industry of our city, hotels, airlines.

The administration of Chengdu Tourism and Tourism Development Committee of Saint Petersburg signed a Protocol on cooperation talks. Of course, the further development of the tourist, cultural and commercial Russian-Chinese ties will boost both inbound and outbound of tourism in Chengdu and in Saint-Petersburg. The guarantee will be that the activities of the newly established Russian-Chinese Tourism promoting Association - corporate non-profit organization performing its activities on the whole territory of Russia.

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The General Meeting of members of the Association
11.04.2016

On 11th of Ap rilin the premises of the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics in the conference room of the Academic Board was held the General Meeting of members of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association and invited organizations, as well as representatives of the University.

After the welcoming speech of the Association Council Turcan Y.N., Members of the Association were awarded with certificates confirming membership in the Association. adjustment of the work plan of the Association was one of the main questions, due to changes in the structure of law enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation.

There was a presentation and discussion of the program of creating a comfortable and safe environment for foreign tourists.

Members and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Association were elected.

The event was attended by representatives of "Northern Capital Gateway", as well as heads of enterprises of tourist industry of our city, hotels, airlines, transport companies and other organizations relevant to the implementation of the reception in Saint-Petersburg of foreign tourists, in addition to the above there were volunteers who will be involved in the framework of the Association Program. The event was covered by the media.

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Presentation of the Association in Saint-Petersburg City Tourist Information Office 
11.03.2016

On 11th of March at CTIO the Presentation of the Russian-Chinese tourism promoting Association was held.

The presentation was attended by representatives of the CTIO, Ministry of the Inner Affairs and the Federal Migration Service in Saint-Petersburg, "Northern Capital Gateway" as well as more than 70 representatives of the tourist industry, hotels, airlines, transport companies and other organizations relevant to the implementation of the reception of foreign tourists in Saint-Petersburg and other regions.

The presentation included: proper presentation of the Association, press release announcement of the Association within the framework of the Chinese Spring Festival and photo report, presentation of the program of creating a comfortable and safe environment for tourists from China as well as the Q&A.

There were many questions, among the participants of the presentation there was interest in the activities of the Association, causing debate on certain issues. After the event, some companies have expressed their desire to join the Association.

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Announcement of the Association within the Chinese Spring Festival 
21.02.2016

On 21st of February Chinese Spring Festival was held at the LenExpo, organized with the participation of the Government of Saint-Petersburg, the General Consulate of China in Saint-Petersburg and the Chinese business center. At event a new non-profit Russian-Chinese Tourism promoting Association was announced. Among the companies and institutions that supported the missions and objectives of the new association, there were presented tourism and transport organisations, related to the development of Russian-Chinese business and cultural contacts, including leading airlines, carrying flights between Russia and China, in particular, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines, the international "Northern Capital Gateway", the international ferry operator Saint-Petersburg ST.PETER LINE, participants of the Russian-Chinese Insurance project: Liberty Insurance and Alpha Insurance, as well as about 20 Russian tour operators offering reception of Chinese citizens in the Russian Federation or to send Russian citizens in China. The holiday was visited by the vice-governor of Saint-Petersburg, the Russian Foreign Ministry representative in Saint-Petersburg, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism Development Committee of the Saint-Petersburg Administration and other officials participated in the event.   

The event was covered by representatives of the Russian and Chinese media, including the "First Channel" and the news agency "Xinhua". Celebration was attended by around 10 thousand  citizens and guests of our city.

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