Russia and Japan want to develop tourism in Kuril Islands
Russian and Japanese tour operators and tourism authorities are joining efforts to increase the number of yearly visits to the Southern Kuril Islands of Kunashir and Iturup, BigAsia.ru reported citing the Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturizm).
According to the head of Rosturizm, Zarina Dogusova, Japan is Russia’s target market in terms of developing inbound tourism.
“Based on this, we are in constant communication with the Japanese Tourism Agency regarding the mutual increase in tourist flows.
We believe that the successful promotion and implementation of the first pilot tour to the Southern Kuril Islands in October 2019 and plans to launch regular tours is more evidence of the mutual economic interest in tourism, which, in particular, contributes to the achievement of the common goals announced earlier, namely, to increase the number of reciprocal trips up to 200,000 from each side annually by 2023,” Dogusova said.
Rosturizm noted that the Southern Kuril Islands have unique natural features as well as the necessary tourism infrastructure, including hotels.
Both Moscow and Tokyo claim the islands, a dispute that has prevented the two countries from concluding a WWII peace treaty. The sides are currently engaged in talks on the agreement.