We will not be able to go without the participation of regional authorities in constructing and maintaining new advanced recreation facilities

19 august 2015 | Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Having decided to save on vouchers and tickets this year, some Russians went on trips by their own cars. And they experienced great disappointment. Unlike other countries, where such type of holiday has been enjoying popularity for a long time, in Russia the automobile tourism accounts for just one percent in the internal tourist flow structure. We need both good roads and legal roadside infrastructure, including camping areas and tourist centers, so that people start traveling actively throughout Russia.

Mikhail Nizov
Mikhail Nizov
Department for Sectors of Economy

The business is still interested only in constructing and developing paid parking areas near big cities, commented on the situation Mikhail Nizov, the Adviser of the Department for Sectors of Economy, Analytical Center, to Rossiyskaya Gazeta. This ensures stable demand and payback, he added. This is a cause of a chaotic arrangement of recreation facilities: from excessive throngs in suburban areas to complete absence in remote districts.

“Representatives of business and investors are not interested in constructing and maintaining new advanced sites, as paid services are not provided there. But there is a way out,” said Mr. Nizov. To upgrade the existing network of recreation facilities, we can engage owners of paid roads and urge existing roadside service providers, for example, owners of refueling stations, to arrange rest sites in consideration for the “entry into the road service market,” the expert believes. Such approach will allow increasing the number of recreation facilities and reduce the costs related to their construction, he believes.

According to Mr. Nizov, we will not be able to do without the participation of regional authorities. “Some investors will be more willing to purchase a recreation facility if it has technical conditions and prospects for paid services,” said the expert. “In remote regions, it is reasonable to offer privileged conditions for the use of land plots, special lending programs and other governmental support measures to develop rest halts.