In the course of the implementation of the national project “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”, a summer charter program to the regions of Russia starts.
According to Rostourism, this summer charters are being launched to the Far East (Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Buryatia, Primorsky Krai), Altai, the North Caucasus, Karelia, as well as to the Kaliningrad and Tyumen regions.
By the summer season in In 2022, Rostourism expanded the geography of the charter program to 12 regions (in 2021, the program covered 7 destinations). Now summer tourist charters offer a variety of holiday formats in directions from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka.
— In June, tours to Kamchatka (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, from June 10), Altai (Gorno-Altaisk, from June 12), Karelia (Petrozavodsk, from June 16), Tyumen Region (Tobolsk, from June 23), to the Northern Caucasus – to the Chechen Republic (Grozny, from June 10).
– In July, charters will start flying to Buryatia (Ulan-Ude, from July 2), Primorsky Krai (Vladivostok, from July 20) and Sakhalin (Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, from July 22).
— Dagestan and Tatarstan.
– Most summer tourist charters will fly out of Moscow. It will be possible to fly to Gorno-Altaisk from Moscow and St. Petersburg, and to Tobolsk (Tyumen region) – only from St. Petersburg.
“As part of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry national project, we continue to support tour operators and citizens by providing subsidies for charter flights. Thanks to this, the cost of package tours is reduced by 1.5-2 times. We are expanding the geography of flights. If last year there were 7 destinations available to tourists, then this year there are already 12 of them. At the moment, more than 30 thousand people have already used charters. In total, about 50,000 tourists will be able to travel this year at an affordable price,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.
The tourist charter program is one of the measures of the national project “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”, implemented since 2021 at the initiative of the Government of the Russian Federation. The program subsidizes half of the cost of chartering an aircraft, whereby tour operators offset half of the cost of servicing the aircraft. As a result, the cost of package tours is reduced by 1.5-2 times, and charters become affordable for tourists and profitable for tour operators. In 2021, 26,000 people used the charter program, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Chernyshenko spoke about this earlier at the presentation of the results of the first year of the implementation of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry national project.
“Our task is to make holidays more affordable in those areas that are especially popular among our tourists. One of the key tools here is the charter program, which is being implemented as part of the national tourism project. The key task of our charter program is to create comfortable, fully turnkey tours, the cost of which is one and a half to two times cheaper than the market price. This is due to the fact that we subsidize half of the cost of chartering such aircraft from the federal budget. This summer, we have significantly expanded the geography of charter flights and formed new inter-regional links. So, in the summer charters will fly to the Caucasus, from June 10 charters will start flying from Moscow to Grozny, to the Chechen Republic, and from the first days of July the flight program to Dagestan will continue. We also fly tourist charters to the Tyumen region, this year there is a new connection to Tobolsk from St. Petersburg. And for fans of outdoor activities, we have formed new offers to Altai and Karelia. In addition, we launched new charters to Kaliningrad, where you can perfectly combine a beach holiday in the Baltic along with a rich cultural program. This year, for the first time, we have developed a large flight program to the regions of the Far East. The novelties of this year are tourist charters to Kamchatka, which will fly from the beginning of June, and charters to Primorsky Krai (Vladivostok), which will start in the second half of summer by the beginning of the high tourist season,” commented Zarina Doguzova, head of the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) .
For travelers, tourist charters are a convenient, comfortable format and the opportunity to choose a ready-made turnkey tour, which already includes a round-trip flight, transfer, accommodation and an excursion program. The program works in two directions: both for tourists from Moscow and St. Petersburg – to the regions, and for residents of the regions who can use the charter program and visit Moscow and St. Petersburg.