The 2nd International Conference “Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia” will take place at the Rosa Khutor mountain resort on October 16-19, 2019.

The first conference, held in the fall of 2018, sparked a great deal of interest and drew the attention of the professional community worldwide, including managers of special protected natural areas, researchers, state authorities, business leaders, and environmentalists. For the first time, issues pertaining to the development of sustainable tourism were the subject of a high-level discussion with the participation of the world’s leading experts. In fact, the conference became the first platform for quality interaction and exchange between foreign and Russian experts passionate about the topic who understand sustainable tourism’s enormous potential and the need to make recreational use of Russia’s natural resources more structured and organized.

This year we strive to build on the success of the first conference and the activities that followed.

The second conference will focus on specific ways to grow sustainable tourism in different climates. Russia is a very large country, and every part of it is unique, which must inevitably be taken into account when launching tourism projects. We created five booths to represent various climate zones of Russia – the Arctic, the North, the Temperate Zone, South and East — where Russian and foreign participants will be able to discuss issues, and share best practices and insights.

At the plenary session, Vyacheslav Fetisov, UN Goodwill Ambassador and a member of the State Duma, will talk about legislative initiatives that were developed with the participation of a large number of experts to ensure the sustainable development of nature-based tourism and recreational use of natural resources in Russia, taking into account the views of all stakeholders.

As has become a tradition, conference participants will be able to take tours to visit picturesque sights around Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, and see for themselves the development of sustainable tourism in the area.

Come to Rosa Khutor mountain resort on October 16-19, 2019 – we are waiting for you!

Resolution of the First International Conference “Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia”


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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Mirzega Abduselimov

Deputy CEO
Joint-Stock Company Northern Caucasus Resorts

Sergey Bachin

General Director
Rosa Khutor

Rafiliya Bakirova

Orenburg Natural Reserves

Andrey Barishnikov


Vera Chizhova

Lead Researcher
Moscow State University School of Geography

Natalya Danilina

Zapovedniki Center; IUCN regional councilor

Paul Eagles

University of Waterloo

Boris Erg


Dmitry Gorshkov

Director of the Biodiversity
Program WWF

Marina Gritsun

Children's Active Tourism

Olga Guerin

Stream D

Anastasiya Ivanova

Deputy Head, Tourism Development Dept.
Kenozersky National Park

Alexander Kirilov

Russian Arctic National Park

Andrey Kirpichnikov

Director, PR Department,

Ilya Klochkov

Department of Tourism, Ministry of Economic Development

Vladimir Kuznetsov

'Bashkiria' National Park

Maelle Lepoutre

Sustainable Development Dept., Vanoise National Park

Vyacheslav Fetisov

UN Environment Patron
for the Polar Regions

Christine Frank

Member Relations Director
German-Russian Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Sergey Mironov

Federation of Sport Tourism

Vladimir Moshkalo

UN Environment Russia Office

Natalia Osipova

The Federal Agency for Tourism

Olga Pegova

Deputy Director
Caucasus Nature Reserve

Alexander Pestryakov

Norilsk City Council of Deputies

Vasily Sarana

Leading research fellow, The Federal State Budget
Institution «Joint Directorate of Taimyr’s Nature Reserves »

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov

Stolby State Nature Reserve

Sergey Shevelev

Caucasus Nature Reserve

Ivan Shmakov

Department of State Policy and Regulation of Development in SPNAs

Ivan Sidelnikov

Geographer, film director

Alexander Sinitsyn

Center for Strategic Research

Erik Solheim

Plastic REVolution Foundation

Denis Terebikhin

Husky-tyal community

Alexander Zheleznyak

National Tourism Initiative

Yerzhan Yerkinbayev

Shymbulak Mountain Resort