“Tatarstan will be full of tourists during the May holidays” — RealnoeVremya.com

The State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan discussed the upcoming tourist season

Photo: Maksim Platonov

The republic plans to restore the tourist flow to the level of 2019 – such optimistic plans were announced on April 20 by the head of the State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan, Sergey Ivanov. Hotels for May in the capital of Tatarstan are already almost full. Therefore, hotels in Kazan should only become more numerous, Ivanov added, commenting on the emergence of new players in the city’s hotel market.

New tourist season

Residents of Moscow and Moscow Oblast most often visit Tatarstan for tourism purposes. The second are travelers from St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast. Three Middle Ural regions complete the top three: Sverdlovsk Oblast, Chelyabinsk Oblast and Perm Krai.

“During the May holidays, all tourist centers of our republic are open,” said Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan Sergey Ivanov. “This is Kazan itself, and Yelabuga, Chistopol, Tetyushi, Bolgar, Sviyazhsk. Yes, large-scale and mass events are not planned, but all group and individual excursions will be available.”

Tourists are already actively booking rooms in Kazan hotels. For the period from April 30 to May 3, the expected occupancy rate for hotels in the city is 90-95%, and from May 7 to May 9, 70-75%.

“People are also booking flats and flats,” Ivanov said. “I am sure that during the May holidays, the first and second, the republic will be full of tourists. Therefore, we must be ready to receive and serve guests, show them all the most interesting things and let the best impression of ourselves.

Large-scale and mass events are not planned during the May holidays, but all group and individual excursions will be available, says Sergey Ivanov. Photo: Maksim Platonov

The average cost of rooms in hotels in the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan remained at the level of 2019, Ivanov added. In some hotels there is even a slight price reduction. This is due to the fact that the number of rooms in Kazan hotels is constantly increasing.

“Compared to most Russian cities, we have a huge number of rooms,” Ivanov is sure. “First of all, it gives us the opportunity to organize major events. Second, to receive a large tourist flow. peak loads such as long weekends and May holidays.

At the same time, Ivanov is sure that there should only be more hotels in Kazan. This will maintain the balance between supply and demand. Ivanov cited the example of Krasnodar Krai: it is there that, with a huge demand for summer accommodation, there is an acute shortage of hotels.

“This situation always leads to a rapid rise in prices,” Ivanov said. “And that’s uncomfortable for the consumer. We strive to always be at a comfortable point for the consumer.

Tourists are already actively booking rooms in Kazan hotels. Photo: Maksim Platonov

In the new tourist season in Tatarstan, it is planned to restore the tourist flow to the level of 2019. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the number of tourists visiting Kazan halved.

“Time will tell what the outcome will be,” Ivanov said. “We will do everything possible to reach at least the level of the penultimate year. It is important that everyone works together on this.”

Opportunities for citizens of Tatarstan

Residents of Tatarstan have many opportunities to travel around the country. An active flight program has been developed for this purpose. The republican airline operates flights to 12 cities under the subsidized flight program.

“The government of the Russian Federation compensates carriers for part of the costs, and passengers, in turn, get a pleasant ticket price,” Ivanov explained.

At an affordable price it is possible to fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Makhachkala, Barnaul, Samara, Perm, Astrakhan, Voronezh, Chelyabinsk and Volgograd. The flight schedule from Kazan to Sochi, Anapa, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Arkhangelsk, Yekaterinburg and Rostov-on-Don has also been added. Among other things, flights from the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan to Minsk have recently resumed, flights to Yerevan, Baku and Tashkent have been opened, Ivanov said.

Residents of Tatarstan have many opportunities to travel around the country. An active flight program has been developed for this purpose. Photo: Maksim Platonov

“We hope that some destinations, especially in terms of international connections, will be added to this list again,” Ivanov said.

Citizens of Tatarstan who cannot afford to travel long distances will find something to do without leaving the republic. For example, one can take a flight in a hot air balloon and enjoy the picturesque scenery. Also, several traditional events are held in Tatarstan this year. For example, on May 1, the Chak-Chai food festival takes place in Great Bolgar, on July 3 everyone has the opportunity to visit the unique Agha Bazaar, and on August 14 and 15, the historic festival ‘Great Bolgar takes place. on the territory of the ancient city. From June to September, the island city of Sviyazhsk hosts the festival “Theatrical Season in Sviyazhsk”. From July 15 to 18, Yelabuga hosts the Boris Berezovsky music festival “Summer evenings in Yelabuga”, and the Spasskaya fair is held in the city from August 6 to 8.

The program “1001 pleasures during the weekend” continues to operate in Tatarstan. This year the project was added with a new route – to the Alekseevsky district. The program of the route includes an excursion to the art weaving factory, a visit to the village of Bilyar, as well as to the eco-farm “Ostriches of Bilyar”. The trip will cost 2,200 rubles. This price includes accommodation, meals and several excursions.

The program “1001 pleasures during the weekend” continues to operate in Tatarstan. Photo: Ilya Repin

By the way, in total more than a thousand people rested in Tatarstan in 2020 under the program “1001 pleasures over the weekend”. Today the project includes 10 routes, and the list will be expanded in the future.

By Elena Simakova

Tatarstan

Rose D. Jones