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Ecotourism (nature-exploration tourism), outdoor recreational activities, hiking trips to natural landmarks, and adventures away from civilization constitute a fast growing segment of the travel industry. Every year the number of tourists who prefer that kind of travel increases by dozens of percentage points. In many countries ecotourism has become mainstream, offering ample opportunities for both business and socio-economic development at the local and even national levels.

In Russia, the market for quality ecotourism services is taking its very first steps. Challenges facing the domestic industry of outdoor recreational activities have an impact on a number of sectors, including government regulation, tourism services, environmental protection, infrastructure development, equipment and technologies, professional competencies, and educating the new generation.

Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia, an international conference, will take place in Sochi from the 17th to the 20 th of October. Well-known subject-matter experts, managers of natural protected areas, specialized tour operators, experienced guides, industry representatives and environmentalists from all over the world will gather for a comprehensive discussion about challenges, opportunities and milestones on the path towards sustainable development of ecotourism in Russia and worldwide; they will also outline a plan to cooperate in order to achieve further progress.

Conference organizers include: Slava Foundation of Vyacheslav Fetisov, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), Sports Tourism Federation of Russia, Roszapovedcenter — a government agency for the development of specially protected natural areas and the Interros Group.

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Location

The «Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia» Conference will be held at the all-season mountain resort Rosa Khutor, located in the Sochi National Park, a 40 minute car ride from Sochi International Airport (AER). The resort was built from scratch on the Aibga ridge for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Olympic athletes competed for thirty sets of medals in fifteen mountain sports on Rosa Khutor terrain.

Today Rosa Khutor is a popular all-season destination for tourism and corporate events. The resort is famous for its high quality of service, safety, and state-of-the-art technology, and it offers a large number of winter and summer activities.

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Speakers

Lev Averbukh

Deputy Head
Roszapovedcenter

Mahir Aliyev

Coordinator
UNEP Programme

Sergey Bachin

General Director
Rosa Khutor

Rafiliya Bakirova

Director
Orenburg Natural Reserves

Ekaterina Bolotova

Director Aesthetics of Space
Landscape Bureau

Paulo Castro

Vice-President
Europarc Federation

Oksana Chkhebelia

Director 
Lodge Hotel «Baikal Residence»

Elena Chubakova

President Great
Baikal Trail Association

Natalya Danilina

Director
Zapovedniki EcoCenter

Jan Dusík

Principal Adviser, Strategic Engagement
for the Arctic and Antarctic

Paul Eagles

Professor
University of Waterloo

Vyacheslav Fetisov

UN Goodwill Ambassador
The State Duma

Dmitry Gorshkov

Director of the Biodiversity
Program WWF

Marina Gritsun

Chairman
Children's Active Tourism

Anna Khvostova

Head
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Club

Alexander Kirilov

Director
Russian Arctic National Park

Vladimir Kuznetsov

Director
'Bashkiria' National Park

Cyril Laily

Director Grand Chambery
Alpes Tourisme

Ilya Likhov

Founder, CEO
Neоsun Energy

Vadim Mamontov

Founder and Director General
RussiaDiscovery

Victor Matasov

Director
FSBI Taymyr Nature Reserve

Boris Menshchikov

Acting Director
Sochi National Park

Sergey Mironov

President
Federation of Sport Tourism

Grant Moir

Chief Executive
Cairngorms (Scotland)

Jordi Palau

Director of Boumont & Cadí 
National Game Reserves

Maria Ximena Patino Ocampo

President
Saving The Amazon

Vladimir Omelchenko

Deputy Director
FCCYTLH

Inna Pehova

Chairman of the Sectoral Committee
on Hospitality and Tourism

Olga Pegova

Deputy Director
Caucasus Nature Reserve

Alexander Pestryakov

Chairman
Norilsk City Council of Deputies

Nykolay Polyakov

Member of Board
Russian Mountain Guides

Peter Prokosch

CEO
Linking Tourism & Conservation

Clara Restrepo

Expert
Saving The Amazon

Carol Ritchie

Executive Director
Europarc Federation

Olivier Robinet

Ministry of Ecology of France

Svetlana Rubashkina

Director
Norilsk Development Agency

Deli Saavedra

Regional Manager
Rewilding Europe Foundation

Oleg Safonov

Head
Federal Agency for Tourism

Enric Sala

Explore-in-Residence
National Geographic

Kamal Salmanov

Entrepreneur
Family Fruits and Tours

Alvaro Fernandez Salmeron

Technical Director
Cetursa Sierra Nevada

Elena Shatkovskaya

Director
Kenozersky National Park

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov

Director
Stolby State Nature Reserve

Sergey Shevelev

Director
Caucasus Nature Reserve

Sergey Shirokiy

Regional Vice-Chair
North Eurasia IUCN WCPA

Matvey Shparo

Russian Polar Explorer

Alexander Stroykov

Chairman of the Board
GBCRussia

Vasily Sutula

Director
Baikal State Reserve

Denis Terebikhin

Co-Founder
Husky-tyal community

Alexey Titovsky

Director of the State Policy Dept.

Alexandra Yakovleva

Dept. Director for Development
Kenozersky National Park

Svetlana Yushkova

Expert
Stolby State Nature Reserve

Vladimir Zakharov

President
Center for Environmental Policy of Russia

Lyudmila Zhdanova

Deputy Director
Ugra National Park 

Alexander Zheleznyak

Expert
All-Russia National Front

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Basic

7 300 rub

  • Transfer Airport - Rosa Khutor
  • Sessions, Workshops and Fieldtrips
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails
  • Gala Dinner

Hotels

To book a hotel room and obtain a discount rate, you must first register for the event. Each registered participant will receive a special link in the registration confirmation email. You can choose any number of days between 17 and 20 October, as well as one of the following options: BB, HB and FB.

Radisson 5*

Conference site

Preferential hotel rates for conference participants starting from 14700 rubles per person

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Park Inn by Radisson 4*

300 m to the Conference site

Preferential hotel rates for conference participants starting from 10500 rubles per person

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Mercure 4*

450 m to the Conference site

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Golden Tulip 4*

200 m to the Conference site

Preferential hotel rates for conference participants starting from 9000 rubles per person

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Tulip Inn 3*

350 m to the Conference site

Preferential hotel rates for conference participants starting from 6000 rubles per person

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AZIMUT Freestyle 3*

750 m to the Conference site

Preferential hotel rates for conference participants starting from 7950 rubles per person

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