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Federal Agency for Tourism: China interested in increasing its tourist flow to the Arctic
© RIA Novosti. Vera Kostamo

Federal Agency for Tourism: China interested in increasing its tourist flow to the Arctic

China is aiming to increase its tourist flow to Russia's Arctic Region, which is particularly interesting to Chinese people due to its unique nature and complex ecosystem, said deputy head of Russia's Federal Agency for Tourism Nikolai Korolyov on Thursday.

"As for Arctic tourism: indeed, we have reached agreements with China on further development of this area at the level of deputy prime ministers," Korolyov said. "China has no territories in the Arctic and naturally, this type of tourism is of particular interest to the country, from the standpoints of research, new experiences and a new tourist product as well. Today, this region is in demand: several Chinese tour operators have already been to the Arkhangelsk Region and studied the tourist market in terms of organizing trips for Chinese tourists."

China understands what the Russian Arctic really is, he added. "According to the Chinese side, they understand perfectly well that the Arctic region is a complex ecosystem, which is unique from the standpoint of ecology," Korolyov observed. "They are well aware that organizing trips to this region would involve the issue of protecting this unique natural region. With this in mind, the Chinese side is ready to implement tourist technologies and solve the issues of regulating and ensuring control over the presence of tourists in the area," he said in conclusion.