Murmansk: High hopes for maritime Arctic tourism
Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun considers marine tourism in the Arctic to be a promising activity, and on behalf of the region she recently signed an agreement on cooperation with world leading tour operator TUI.
The document was signed by Murmansk Region Governor Marina Kovtun and General Director of TUI Russia and CIS, Taras Demura, in the framework of the 5th Murmansk International Business Week last week, reports the Russian website IIA NewsPort.
Taras Demura, General Director of TUI Russia and CIS, says TUI is going to arrange cruises to Murmansk for Russian tourist. According to news agency TASS Demura also pointed out that Russians would be interested in tours to Spitzbergen starting from Murmansk.
According to the press center of the regional government Marina Kovtun hope that the agreement will help create high-quality tourist products in the region, and when speaking at the event she said that Arctic cruise tourism is undoubtedly a distinctive brand of the Kola peninsula.
- Murmansk Region Government has recently made a lot of significant steps to develop tourism. Today we are the leaders among the Arctic regions when it comes to attractiveness and awareness, IAA PortNews quote the Governor as saying.
The TUI Group is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, and owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The group owns six European airlines - the largest holiday fleet in Europe - and nine tour operators based in Europe and Scandinavia.
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