Bering Strait International Festival ends in Chukotka

The Bering Strait International Festival was held in Chukotka from August 2 to 7 as part of the main events of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021-2023. The festival program included a business program, the Bering Games international sports competitions and an expedition to the region. Additionally, the festival featured events dedicated to the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on August 9. The Roscongress Foundation organized the events organized within the framework of the Russian Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. “The festival is extremely important in terms of sustainable development of tourism in the Arctic and the Far East. The mere fact that such events take place in Chukotka – in one of the most amazing regions of Russia – and the he interest shown by travel agencies and residents of the Arctic regions confirms the vast potential of the Russian North. Thanks to the development of air traffic and tourist routes, these territories are becoming more accessible, the attractiveness of the Arctic for investments are increasing and the quality of life of local residents, including indigenous people, is improving,” said First Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Gadzhimagomed Guseynov. “The festival brought together tourism enthusiasts in the easternmost region of our country. Our constant priority is to ensure the sustainable socio-economic development of the Arctic territories and to create comfortable conditions for the citizens who live there. the culture of people living in the region, including indigenous peoples, and the unique nature of the Far North, contributes beneficially to these efforts,” said the Chairman of the Arctic Senior Officials and Goodwill Ambassador for Cooperation in the Arctic. Arctic from the Russian Foreign Ministry. Foreign Affairs Nikolay Korchunov said. The business program of the Bering Strait Festival focused on the development of the tourism industry in northern Russia, as well as aspects of sustainable tourism and ways to improve infrastructure. The plenary session “Tourism in the Arctic: advanced development” was the central event of the festival. The Governor of the Chukotka Autonomous District, Roman Kopin, heads of key organizations and representatives of the Ministry of Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic participated in it, who discussed the prospects for meeting the demand Russians in terms of domestic tourism, the effect of preferential regimes in the Arctic, as well as the development of air traffic. The business program included four discussions on other ways to develop the tourism industry in the Arctic. Experts discussed ethnocultural, ecological and extreme tourism as well as how to involve local people in the hospitality industry, and also looked at best practices in organizing trips to the Arctic. “As the global climate changes, the ice in the polar zone is melting, and its importance in terms of strategy, economy, science, technology, environment, transportation, resources and other aspects continues to grow. ‘rise. As the Chairman of the Arctic Council, Russia is making great efforts to promote the use of the Northern Sea Route and ensure environmental protection and sustainable development in the region. This festival is an important event for these efforts,” said Chinese Consul General in Vladivostok PiaoYangfan. The festival featured Bering Games competitions between teams of indigenous peoples from nine regions of Russia’s Arctic zone. The 33 participants will are battled to determine the best athletes in seven Nordic disciplines, including: sled jump, knee jump, triple jump, mas wrestling, one-foot high kick, one-handed grab and pull of the ba new. The team from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) won the team event. Athletes from Chukotka Autonomous District and Krasnoyarsk Territory finished second and third respectively. The main goal of the games is to bring the inhabitants of the Russian Arctic zone to participate in regular physical education and sports, to promote traditional sports disciplines of indigenous peoples and to strengthen ties between the Russian Arctic regions. An expedition was also organized for travellers, bloggers and representatives of the film industry and the national media. Over the course of a few days, they visited a number of tourist sites under development in the Autonomous District of Chukotka, including Cape Meechkina, and also visited some tourist sites in the region, such as the monument of the symbol of the sun where the Arctic Circle and the 180th meridian intersect and the arc of the Arctic Circle near the village of Egvekinot. In addition, the expedition members discovered the life of a reindeer herding team in the village of Amguema and also took a boat trip. Highlights included expedition members planting a flag to commemorate Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council at Cape Dezhnev, the continent’s most easterly point, and taking part in the traditional canoe regatta leather Beringia 2022 in the village of Lorino, which has been held since 1992. This year, 20 teams from the national villages of the Chukotka district and the Providensky city district took part in the 28th regatta. As part of the World Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations, the village of Lorino also hosted festive events with performances by national folk groups. The festival was organized by the Chukotka Autonomous District Government and the Russian Tourism Agency. As part of its Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021-2023, Russia pays considerable attention to the development of sustainable tourism in the Arctic to promote the progressive socio-economic development of the Arctic regions, support small and medium-sized enterprises in the high latitudes, and also to preserve and enhance the cultural heritage of the indigenous peoples of the North.

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Darcy J. Skinner