Chukotka governor suggests increasing Arctic cashback for tourists
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Chukotka governor suggests increasing Arctic cashback for tourists

Chukotka Governor Roman Kopin has submitted a proposal to the Federal Agency for Tourism to increase the limit of tourist cashback for those traveling to the Russian Arctic and the Far Eastern Federal District.

“In order to make tourist packages more affordable and to support event tourism against the backdrop of heavy spending on holding festivals, it was proposed to increase the tourist cashback for those visiting major events in the Russian Arctic and Far Eastern Federal District, from 20,000 rubles to 50,000 rubles,” the governor was quoted as saying.

Kopin noted that the Arctic cashback will help to lower the price of tours and local tourist agencies will offer an interesting program for tourists in all seasons.

“It is also necessary to revise federal co-financing of festivals, including the expenses to build temporary accommodation and transport costs related to the transfer of participants and guests,” Kopin added.

This year, Chukotka will be the venue for the Arctic International Film Festival Golden Raven; in 2022, plans call for holding the Bering Strait International Festival. The region will also hold the Polar Bear Universe international research and practical conference.

The fourth stage of the tourist cashback project was launched in Russia on June 16. Tourists can purchase package tours or accommodation for the dates between October 1 and December 24, and river cruise tours from September 1 to the end of the navigation season.