Almost 14,5 million Russian citizens traveled abroad with tourists purposes in 2011 which is 15 percent more than the year before, shows the statistics from Russian Agency for Tourism.
25.580 Russians traveled to Norway as tourists last year, twice more than the year before. Also Sweden and Estionia had a doubling of tourists from Russia.
The growth of popularity of Northern European destinations among Russian tourists could be explained by descending attractiveness of traditional travel ways. Thus, Egypt lost more than 1/3 of Russian tourists in 2011 and Tunisia lost almost 20 percent. Other experts explain the growth of tourists travels to Norway, Sweden and Estonia by opening of regular ferry connection from St. Petersburg last year. Governmental support is needed.
The positive tendencies in Russian-Norwegian tourism development are going to be supported on the governmental level. Last week the issues of tourism development were discussed on the meeting of the Russian-Norwegian Commission on economic, industrial and scientific cooperation in Moscow. On this meeting the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism and the Department of Tourism of “Innovation Norway” signed the “Program of joint actions in the field of tourism” which promises to give a new impulse for bilateral cooperation between Norway and Russia in this sector. The Program includes such actions as branding of local tour products, training of specialists for tourism industry, protection of the right of tourists etc., reports www.russiatourism.ru
The special attention on the meeting was paid to the tourism development in the Northern regions. As it was mentioned on the meeting one of the most perspective directions here is development of regular cruise lines connecting Northern Norway and Murmansk oblast. The biggest Norwegian cruise operator “Hurtigruten” showed an interest to prolong its popular cruise route from Bergen-Kirkenes to Murmansk. This may happen if the Russian federal and local authorities would be able to build necessary port infrastructure. Nowadays the Ministry of transport and communications of Murmansk oblast and the Federal Agency of sea and river transport together with private investors are working on the mechanism of realization of the project “Arctic Harbor”. This project can bring up to 50.000 of cruise tourists to this area, estimates the Murmansk administration.
Russia’s only aircraft carrier, the Northern Fleet’s “Admiral Kuznetsov”, has finished repairs and is ready to leave the port of Murmansk. According to a Russian news agency, the vessel will sail to Syria.
A century and a half ago, Norway was home to roughly three thousand brown bears, the majority of bears in all of Scandinavia. By 1930, the bears were virtually extinct. Decades of aggressive management tactics and bounties had wiped out one of the area’s most iconic species.
Microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are accumulating in marine waters and big lakes around the world, are now showing up in the Arctic waters south and southwest of Svalbard, Norway, a new study says.
REYKJAVIK: The climatic changes taking place in the Arctic are a call to action for the world. We must answer with more international cooperation and more research, says Tore Hattrem, State Secretary of Norway’s Foreign Ministry.
“Partnership should and shall shape the development of the Arctic, therefore cooperation is the starting point for our Arctic policy,” Vladimir Barbin, Senior Arctic Official and representative to the Arctic Council, said at the Arctic Circle 2015 assembly.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Børge Brende has asked Russia for an explanation to the high number of asylum seekers coming to Norway via Russia. Syrian refugees that have lived in Russia for a long time, will be stopped on the border and sent back.