Russia considers opening inland rivers to tourism

Unspoiled wilderness of waterways could attract not only seasoned yachters

The Russian government is rumoured to be considering opening up the country’s gigantic network of inland rivers to foreign tourists. At the moment, boating through Russia needs a vast amount of permits and paperwork, but doing away with all that could give Russia a unique niche in the increasingly popular river-cruise and sailing-holiday markets.
Some insiders believe that Russia’s unspoiled wilderness of waterways could attract seasoned yachters away from favoured destinations such as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and the Baltic. “How many places can you travel to where you won’t see a single person for hundreds of miles?” says one. Comparisons can be drawn with Canada, the major difference being that Canada has a much more sophisticated marine infrastructure. Russia has essentially none, and also needs a shift in cultural attitudes where river police do not constantly interfere with tourist trips that may or may not have the right documentation.
“Canal and river holidays are enjoying a resurgence in popularity, particularly in places like England and France – where there are huge waiting lists for renting river boats and it can be very expensive,” says a tourist industry expert. “Russia has a beautiful and varied landscape, so it could certainly find a potential market as a cheap and unusual alternative in what appears to be a very healthy industry.”
CNN
[pictured: “A Fresh Wind” by Isaak Levitan]

x

Check Also

KLM, Wideroe, codeshare, SAS, Norway

KLM ups pressure on SAS in Norway

A new agreement with Widerøe means more KLM flights will be offered to Amsterdam from regional airports in Norway.

Air France, cancel, delay, strike, February, pay, grounded, flights, Paris, Toulouse, Lyon

Air France strike hits Paris flights

Travellers are advised to postpone their flights until February 27 as chaos strikes airports.

Szczecin, Pomerania, Poland, Wizz Air, flights, Nordic, Scandinavia, Stockholm, Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger, Sweden, Norway, route, travel, tourism

Wizz enlarges Nordic-Polish flights

The low-cost airline is growing fast in Poland, now flying to Stockholm from Szczecin by the German border.

Swedavia, security, gates, Sweden, airports, Arlanda, Gothenburg, Are, ski, baggage

Sweden deploys airport self-service tech

Automated entry gates are being installed at security checkpoints across the country.

DogHouse, BrewDog, Scotland, beer hotel, brewery, rooms, stay, travel, craft beer, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Beer in the shower: Craft beer brand plans hotel

The multinational brewery and pub chain BrewDog plans a ‘beer hotel’ in Scotland.

Kuoni, travel agent, tour operator, brand, new, tourism, package, business

Kuoni to launch new brand this year

The tour operator says it can fill the gap between package and tailor-made holidays.