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The Minister of Resorts and Tourism of the Republic of Crimea Vadim Volchenko spoke about this and other main trends in recreation on the peninsula at the Leisure 2021 International Tourism Forum and Exhibition on Tourism.

The Head of the Ministry of Resorts took part in the "Development of all-season tourism in the South of Russia: new directions and opportunities" panel discussion within the framework of the event. Its participants discussed the impact of all-season tourism on the socio-economic development of the region and present-day tourism trends for the development of all-season tourist traffic.

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At the same time, Vadim Volchenko spoke about the wine and gastronomic projects being implemented in Crimea. Among the successful ones, he named the Winepark Wine Tourism Center that opened this year on the territory of the Mriya Resort & SPA resort complex in Yalta and the wine park in the valley of St. Savva in Sudak. According to the Minister, the first facility has no analogues in the world in terms of its structure and equipment, and the second attracts with its antique heritage (the park is located on the site of an old Italian settlement).

Vadim Volchenko also spoke about the Wine Roads of Crimea project, which united dozens of wineries of the peninsula. This is both a wine and a gastronomic route, the participants of which can not only explore vineyards and wineries, but also taste dishes of the Black Sea cuisine. You can learn more about the Wine Roads of Crimea project in our material. To promote the project, the #Novemberfest thematic festival was developed. As part of this event, not only the wineries of the peninsula, but also other local agricultural producers (for example, cheese and seafood), gather on one site. Last year, the event was not held due to the epidemic situation, and in 2019 it attracted 12.5 thousand guests only on the main festival day. This year #Novemberfest will be held simultaneously with the Yalta International Economic Forum

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The Head of the Ministry of Resorts added that the Wine Roads of the Bosporan Kingdom wine and gastronomic tour, created within the framework of the Golden Ring of the Bosporan Kingdom inter-regional route, is also popular. This project unites the wineries of the Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol, Rostov Region and Krasnodar Territory. Last year alone, the tour was visited by about 500 thousand guests. 

At the panel discussion Vadim Volchenko also spoke about the popularity of rural and industrial tourism, photo tours and health improvement in Crimea. He said that the latter type of tourism is year-round. At the same time, the prevention of diseases and rehabilitation of the upper respiratory tract is of particular relevance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Crimea is historically the place where there are climatic conditions for non-drug treatment, that is, health paths and walks in the Stankevich's pine or juniper grove, etc. This is all used to this day," he said.

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Speaking about the resort areas, Vadim Volchenko noted that more and more attention is paid to the development of the west coast of Crimea.

"The South Coast is quite well developed area. We are now focusing on the main projects on the west coast, where there are beautiful sandy beaches. Our east is still underdeveloped, both from the point of view of year-round tourism and from the point of view of health improvement. Although there are all the resources for this, starting from balneological resources," the Minister said.

According to him, in the near future the Ministry will get scientific calculations that will make it possible to understand which type of tourism is most popular in this or that area and which health improvement opportunities each area has. Based on this, further work will be thought out. 

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"We have a task of the President to attract a trillion investments in the coming years (the tourism sector is one of the main targets) and up to 10 million tourists by 2025. I think it's real. We will do it," Vadim Volchenko summed up. 

The 27th Leisure International Tourism Forum and Exhibition is being held in Moscow from 7 to 9 September. Within the framework of the business program, over 30 events were planned with the participation of more than 160 speakers. 

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At the event, a joint Crimean stand is presented, where the regional potential of all-season health-resort recreation and the tourist opportunities of the Republic of Crimea are exhibited. There you can get acquainted with railway tours to the peninsula, with unique methods of recovery without medicines, modern trends in the arrangement of beaches, agricultural and tourist facilities, as well as to compare more than 20 thousand offers on the online booking service.