The Mayor of Kazan instructed to prepare for a large number of Russian tourists due to the closure of the main destinations.
At the end of 2020, the tourist flow to Kazan almost rebounded. During the year, 1.7 million tourists visited the capital of Tatarstan. Ilsur Metshin, the Mayor of Kazan, believes that in the current situation, more attention must be paid to the development of domestic tourism.
“It was not easy for all representatives of the tourism industry. Last year we were on the edge, there were some losses, but at the end we still got positive numbers. This year has high potential for increasing domestic tourism, because there is no doubt that all main destinations will be closed. We need to be prepared for the a large number of tourists, our city is attractive for residents from all over Russia”, - Ilsur Metshin said today at the Business Monday at the Executive Committee of the city and instructed the relevant departments of the Executive Committee to prepare for a possible increase in the tourist flow this year.
Daria Sannikova, Director of the Committee for Tourism Development reported the results of tourism development for 2020 to the Mayor. According to her, in 2020, the tourist flow to Kazan decreased by 52% and amounted to 1.7 million people.
Among the visitors, 117018 people are foreign citizens, which is 49% less than last year.
The gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Tatarstan has given an impetus to the recovery of the tourism industry, said Daria Sannikova. In particular, 11 new catering facilities has been added to the gastronomic map of the city. The number of employees in the tourism sector increased by 7%. Such numbers were achieved thanks to federal and republican measures to support small and medium-sized businesses. In addition, many employers have switched to online work, thereby optimizing costs.
The decrease is also observed in the air transport segment. International passenger flights remained closed for almost 5 months. According to D.Sannikova, in 2020, passenger traffic amounted to 2 million 171 thousand 601 people, which is 38% less than a year earlier.
The tense sanitary and epidemiological situation allowed focusing all efforts on the development of domestic tourism in Kazan. Daria Sannikova reminded that Tatarstan was included in the list of regions for the implementation of the Federal program for stimulating domestic tourism. From August 21 to 28, tourists could receive compensation for purchased tours for 20%, if the payment for travel services was made via the Mir payment system. Twenty-seven accommodation facilities in Kazan, as well as nine tour operators participated the program.