I am pleased to welcome participants in the 8th Eastern Economic Forum to the hospitable Far Eastern land!
The Forum has justifiably become a strategic communications platform for the global business community and interest in it is growing by the year. I am sure that the agenda of the 8th Forum will include topical issues and, most importantly, effective solutions will be found for developing the regions of the Far East and Russia as a whole. It is important for us that new prospects and growth points open up for developing the tourism infrastructure.
It is time for living activities to turn potential into concrete opportunities for millions of tourists and profit for the Far East.
We have concluded cooperation agreements with nine regions of the Far Eastern Federal District. Tourism projects in which Corporation Tourism.RF takes part have already appeared on the map of the Russian Far East. Now nine projects are being implemented with the number of rooms totaling over 2,500. Among them are Three Volcanoes in Kamchatka, Dolina Aina (Aina Valley) on Sakhalin and others.
The Forum hosts, Primorye residents, are also actively cooperating with us: together we are creating a new tourist pearl on Russky Island – the Aquaparadise complex.
Dear Colleagues. All our undertakings will be successful only thanks to coordinated work by the leadership of the regions, investors and, of course, to support from federal government authorities.
I invite you to the Tourism.RF pavilion on the ‘Far East Street’ exhibition to discuss cooperation prospects.
See you at the Forum!https://туризм.рф/eng/
The Corporation Tourism.RF pavilion will be the main investment platform, providing information about opportunities for investing in the tourism infrastructure and tourism development projects throughout Russia.
Today, the Corporation is actively engaged in implementing projects in 37 Russian regions. The projects include both drawing up master plans for developing tourist territories and implementing specific investment lots.
Within the pavilion, we will talk about 12 master plans for major tourist territories. These are future modern resorts that will open for the first tourists in 2027.
The Corporation is also actively engaged in 90 investment projects.
These include various facilities and proposals for developing the tourist infrastructure and creating new places for recreation. They represent a wide range of ideas and concepts, including hotels, yacht marinas, restaurants, promenades, beaches, entertainment complexes, environmental trails, tourist routes and more. The result will be more than 300 modern and comfortable new hotels.
Thanks to this extensive portfolio of master plans and projects, the Corporation plays an important part in developing tourism in Russia, attracting investment, creating new business opportunities and boosting tourist numbers throughout the country. 25 million future tourist trips will be arranged to new resorts.
The Tourism.RF pavilion will present the Corporation’s investment and master planning projects for tourism areas: the main resort project of the country All-Russia Novaya Anapa (New Anapa) family beach resort, which will be created in the Krasnodar Territory on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Abrau-Durso eco-resort, the Konduki eco-resort, the Dolina Vasta (Vasta Valley) and the Lagonaki all-season ski resort, the unique Three Volcanoes Park resort, the Belokurikha Gornaya family balneological resort, the Dolina Aina (Aina Valley) all-season ski resort, the first resort on the Volga with Kazan Marina yacht marina, and the first ethnographic resort Baikal Sloboda.
There will be a business zone in the pavilion for project presentations, as well as thematic sessions with partners and agreement signing. The big screen will show films about future resorts to be implemented under tourist area master plans, which will immerse guests as much as possible in Tourism.RF projects.
A cultural programme with live music will be arranged within the pavilion to make guests' stay at the Tourism.RF site even more interesting and convenient, giving them an opportunity to interact actively with representatives of the Corporation and other exhibition participants, and relax in a friendly atmosphere.
We invite Forum guests to visit the Corporation Tourism.RF pavilion to take part in extensive business and interesting interactive programmes focused on the latest aspects of Russian tourism development.
This year, as we celebrate the Forum’s 5th anniversary we have an opportunity to look back on everything that has been achieved since 2015. It was the first time when Vladivostok hosted the trendsetters from Russian and international business communities, government officials, foreign dignitaries, researchers, and experts – in other words, everyone who was prepared to cooperate with Russia and work in the Russian Far East; everyone, who was ready to launch new production facilities and develop those already in place; everyone, who aimed to create new jobs, construct roads, housing, and hospitals – namely improve the life of our Eastern territories.
The goals we set 5 years ago appeared unattainable back then. We discussed a broad range of topics: expectations and development prospects, creating new economic regimes and improving the investment climate, passing legislative initiatives and changing legal framework, putting new social infrastructure in place and helping regions reach their potential – in other words, we were talking about the future. Some were hopeful, some remained skeptical, yet there was only one thing that mattered: we were ready to act as one. And today, that future has become our present.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin designated the development of the Far East as a national priority of the entire 21st century. At the behest of the President, a whole new economy is being created in the region. Large companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses can count on tax breaks, administrative preferences, concessional loans, and support from the state development institutions.
A lot has been accomplished during the last 5 years: over 40 legislative initiatives that sustain investment activity and improve the social sphere have been passed; 20 advanced special economic zones and 5 free ports have been put in place. These measures resulted in over 1,780 new investment projects worth over RUB 3.8 trillion, and 230 new enterprises appeared. The government provides targeted infrastructural and financial support to the investors. Over 70 thousand people received free land and now are building houses and farms on their ‘Far Eastern hectares’.
17 different countries invest in the Far East: China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, to name a few. Since 2014, nearly 32% of all direct foreign investment came to our region.
The Far East itself has expanded: Zabaikalsky Krai and the Republic of Buryatia joined the Far Eastern Federal District, while the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East now oversees an additional region: the Russian Arctic Zone.
When it comes to the social sphere, the ‘Unified Subsidy’ mechanism has provided existing measures with additional stimulus. 57 centres of economic growth have received funding for the construction of schools and nurseries, hospitals as well as medical and obstetric stations, cultural centres and sports facilities. These centres are home to over 80% of Far Easterners.
A fair amount of good work has been done. Economic growth in the FEFD exceeds 4%, which is two times greater than the Russian national average. However, we are now faced with another objective: increasing economic growth in the Russian Far East to 6% per year. We also must figure out how to improve the quality of life in the Russian Far East and in the Arctic so that it exceeds the Russian national average. These objectives have been set by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Our goal is to make the Russian Far East more accessible to investors and comfortable for the people that live here, providing them with the confidence that their dreams will become a reality in the nearest future.
Many topics that were brought up at previous Forums ended up serving as the foundation for the development and passing of legislation, the implementation of new business support measures, and the improvement of the Far East’s social welfare. I am confident that this Forum will continue contributing to the open dialogue between businesses and authorities, experts and researchers, sociologists and demographers.
I would like to wish Forum guests and participants all the best. The Russian Far East is open for cooperation: we value each partner, every opinion and every initiative that helps develop our country!