Ecotourism (nature-exploration tourism), outdoor recreational activities, hiking trips to natural landmarks, and adventures away from civilization constitute a fast growing segment of the travel industry. Every year the number of tourists who prefer that kind of travel increases by dozens of percentage points. In many countries ecotourism has become mainstream, offering ample opportunities for both business and socio-economic development at the local and even national levels.

In Russia, the market for quality ecotourism services is taking its very first steps. Challenges facing the domestic industry of outdoor recreational activities have an impact on a number of sectors, including government regulation, tourism services, environmental protection, infrastructure development, equipment and technologies, professional competencies, and educating the new generation.

Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia, an international conference, will take place in Sochi from the 17th to the 20 th of October. Well-known subject-matter experts, managers of natural protected areas, specialized tour operators, experienced guides, industry representatives and environmentalists from all over the world will gather for a comprehensive discussion about challenges, opportunities and milestones on the path towards sustainable development of ecotourism in Russia and worldwide; they will also outline a plan to cooperate in order to achieve further progress.

Conference organizers include: Slava Foundation of Vyacheslav Fetisov, the UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Arctic and the Antarctic, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, the Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism), Sports Tourism Federation of Russia, Roszapovedcenter – a government agency for the development of specially protected natural areas and the Interros Group.

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The «Sustainable Tourism: Global Challenges and Discovering Russia» Conference will be held at the all-season mountain resort Rosa Khutor, located in the Sochi National Park, a 40 minute car ride from Sochi International Airport (AER). The resort was built from scratch on the Aibga ridge for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Olympic athletes competed for thirty sets of medals in fifteen mountain sports on Rosa Khutor terrain.

Today Rosa Khutor is a popular all-season destination for tourism and corporate events. The resort is famous for its high quality of service, safety, and state-of-the-art technology, and it offers a large number of winter and summer activities.

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Lev Averbukh

Deputy Head

Mahir Aliyev

UNEP Programme

Sergey Bachin

General Director
Rosa Khutor

Rafiliya Bakirova

Orenburg Natural Reserves

Ekaterina Bolotova

Director Aesthetics of Space
Landscape Bureau

Paulo Castro

Europarc Federation

Oksana Chkhebelia

Lodge Hotel «Baikal Residence»

Elena Chubakova

President Great
Baikal Trail Association

Natalya Danilina

Zapovedniki EcoCenter

Jan Dusík

Principal Adviser, Strategic Engagement
for the Arctic and Antarctic

Paul Eagles

University of Waterloo

Vyacheslav Fetisov

UN Goodwill Ambassador
The State Duma

Dmitry Gorshkov

Director of the Biodiversity
Program WWF

Marina Gritsun

Children's Active Tourism

Anna Khvostova

Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Club

Alexander Kirilov

Russian Arctic National Park

Vladimir Kuznetsov

'Bashkiria' National Park

Cyril Laily

Director Grand Chambery
Alpes Tourisme

Ilya Likhov

Founder, CEO
Neоsun Energy

Vadim Mamontov

Founder and Director General

Victor Matasov

FSBI Taymyr Nature Reserve

Boris Menshchikov

Acting Director
Sochi National Park

Sergey Mironov

Federation of Sport Tourism

Grant Moir

Chief Executive
Cairngorms (Scotland)

Jordi Palau

Director of Boumont & Cadí 
National Game Reserves

Maria Ximena Patino Ocampo

Saving The Amazon

Vladimir Omelchenko

Deputy Director

Inna Pehova

Chairman of the Sectoral Committee
on Hospitality and Tourism

Olga Pegova

Deputy Director
Caucasus Nature Reserve

Alexander Pestryakov

Norilsk City Council of Deputies

Nykolay Polyakov

Member of Board
Russian Mountain Guides

Peter Prokosch

Linking Tourism & Conservation

Clara Restrepo

Saving The Amazon

Carol Ritchie

Executive Director
Europarc Federation

Olivier Robinet

Ministry of Ecology of France

Svetlana Rubashkina

Norilsk Development Agency

Deli Saavedra

Regional Manager
Rewilding Europe Foundation

Oleg Safonov

Federal Agency for Tourism

Enric Sala

National Geographic

Kamal Salmanov

Family Fruits and Tours

Alvaro Fernandez Salmeron

Technical Director
Cetursa Sierra Nevada

Elena Shatkovskaya

Kenozersky National Park

Vyacheslav Shcherbakov

Stolby State Nature Reserve

Sergey Shevelev

Caucasus Nature Reserve

Sergey Shirokiy

Regional Vice-Chair
North Eurasia IUCN WCPA

Matvey Shparo

Russian Polar Explorer

Alexander Stroykov

Chairman of the Board

Vasily Sutula

Baikal State Reserve

Denis Terebikhin

Husky-tyal community

Alexey Titovsky

Director of the State Policy Dept.

Alexandra Yakovleva

Dept. Director for Development
Kenozersky National Park

Svetlana Yushkova

Stolby State Nature Reserve

Vladimir Zakharov

Center for Environmental Policy of Russia

Lyudmila Zhdanova

Deputy Director
Ugra National Park 

Alexander Zheleznyak

All-Russia National Front