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One Billion of Tourists Yearly – a New Goal of the Veliky Novgorod Authorities

Veliky Novgorod held a meeting of the Commission on domestic tourism of the Russian Union of Tourist Industry. Leading tour operators and hotel managers of Saint-Petersburg and Veliky Novgorod met to discuss the difficult economic situation and principal mesures to take. According to autorities more than 170 thousand people visited Novgorod last year. Past Hanseatic Days and the long-awaited 1150-year anniversary of the city have been an excellent anti-crisis course of the Novgorod authorities and attracted a large number of guests. However, the tourist potential of the city is still not used fully. In Soviet times more than a billion of tourists from different cities and countries visited Novgorod every year. Today the forthcoming challenge for Veliky Novgorod is to restore the value of the tourist center of the country.

– We are going to support small businesses (mini-hotels, restaurants, cafes), the mayor of Novgorod Yury Bobryshev says. – We already have several development projects.

This year nine new tourist facilities began to work, including recreation centers in the Valdai and Demyansk area, as well as a mini-hotel on the lake Boroe Valdai Eco Club.
Source: velikiynovgorod.ru , Вестник ПИР