Works on the creation of a "Golden ring of Siberia” tourist route continues. The route will unite 12 regions of Russia. The project has been implemented since the beginning of 2017 and has received support grants from the Russian Geographical Society and the Presidential Fund. The project is headed by Vladimir Kotlyakov, the Russian Geographical Society Honorary President and the President of the Russian Geographical Society Commission for Tourism Development. 12 regional branches of the Russian Geographical Society are taking part in the project.
The Russian Geographical Society has examined a tourism potential of all the regions of the Siberian federal district: experts have examined more than 100 sights. It is planned that after having selected the most attractive tourist routes and sights in different regions, a special web portal will be designed to present tourist information in Russian, English and Chinese.
The description of the route will be presented to the public in October 2018.
The route's creators plan to make several variants of tours lasting from 5 to 14 days.
It is planned that cooperation agreements will be concluded with local tour agencies and then they will guide tourists along the routes of the “Golden Ring of Siberia”. It is important that convenient transport logistics between the regions of Siberia will be organized.
The first tourists will be able to go along the route of the "Golden Ring of Siberia" in two years.
Another part of the project is the "Live Lessons" program: organization of meetings of travelers and explorers with students from Siberian educational organizations.
The project was supported by S.I. Menyaylo, the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District, as well as Tomsk State University, the Department of General Education of the Tomsk Region, GTRK Tomsk, and the Interregional Association of the Economic Cooperation of the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation “Siberian Accord”.
The project coordinator is Yuliya Kalyuzhnaya, a member of the Federal Commission for Tourism Development of the Russian Federation, the executive director of the Tomsk branch of the Russian Geographical Society.