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May 25, 2012

The METROPOL Group of Companies co-organized the presentation of tourist potential of the Republic of Buryatia in France

Mikhail Slipenchuk, a deputy of the State Duma, took part in the presentation of tourist potential of the Republic of Buryatia in France on May 24, 2012.  The presentation was held in Paris in the residence of the Russian Ambassador under the auspices of French-Russian Dialog Association and with the support of Russian embassy and trade mission in France.  Among the organizers of the event were Russian railways OJSC and the METROPOL Group of Companies. The event hosted the representatives of tourist business in France, Russia and several European countries, as well as leaders of the diplomatic and social circles.

The guests were greeted by A.K. Orlov, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in France,V.V.Bushuev, Head of the administration of the president of Russian railways OJSC, V.V.Nagovitsyn, Head of the Republic of Buryatia, and M.V.Slipenchuk, a deputy of the State Duma. In his speech A.K.Orlov stated that the main purpose of this event was "to arise in their French friends interest and desire  to visit the Lake Baikal, Buryatia, and to see one of the jewels of Russia.  To do this, the creation of appropriate infrastructure on the Lake Baikal is required. If all conditions are met, the flow of tourists will increase significantly”. V.V.Bushuev, Head of the administration of the president of Russian railways OJSC, welcomed the participants on behalf of the President of Russian railways OJSC, co-president of French-Russian Dialog association Vladimir Yakunin, and wished a successful presentation.  He also added that the Lake Baikal was a truly sacred ground.

V.V.Nagovitsyn, Head of the Republic of Buryatia, in the course of representing the Republic, spoke in detail about its history and its economic achievements: "The legendary BAM, Transsiberian railroad, federal highways - all this makes Buryatia a transport and communication bridge between Russia, Mongolia, China and Vietnam.  Today Buryatia attracts tourists from all over the world.  And we expect to increase  the number of tourists up to 2 million people a year by 2014".

In his address to the participants of the presentation M.V.Slipenchuk, a deputy of the State Duma said:  "I am honored to be here today.  Such events are the evidence of fruitful and successful work of the French-Russian dialogue".  He also noted that nowadays the state gave priority to the development of tourism clusters, especially at the Lake Baikal and in the Republic of Buryatia."The economy of the country is actively developing. Buryatia is not only rich in minerals, it is rich in its people". In conclusion, M.V.Slipenchuk reported that the presentation was a logical continuation of work on promoting the image of the Republic of Buryatia in France and the promotion of international tourism in Baikal region. This February a presentation of the Baikal Region took place in the framework of Expolangues Salon in Paris, and this April an international conference "Baikal - the world treasure" was hosted in the Paris headquarters of UNESCO.

During the presentation the guests also had an opportunity to get acquainted with the exhibition "The Magical World of the Lake Baikal." Unique photos of the stands showed the most exciting moments of a 3-year-long international research expedition "Worlds" of the Baikal"(2008-2010). In the course of the opening ceremony M.V.Slipenchuk noted that cultural activities contributed to the rapprochement between the two countries.  He also expressed gratitude to the Russian Ambassador in France, and recalled that last year the exhibition was hosted by the Museum of Oceanography in Monaco, and a month ago, in April 2012, by UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

A.Orlov, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation in France, V.Nagovitsyn, President of the Republic of Buryatia, A.Trubetskoy, executive president of the French-Russian Dialog Association, E.Mitrofanova, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation in UNESCO, and M.Slipenchuk, State Duma deputy  welcome guests at the entrance to the residence of the Ambassador of Russia in Grenelle, Paris.

At the opening of the exhibition "The Magical World of the Lake Baikal"

V.V. Bushuyev, head of the administration of the president of RZD OJSC

Speech of M. Slipenchuk, State Duma deputy, the head of the Guardianship board of the Fund for Protection of Lake Baikal

The tourism potential of the Republic of Buryatia is presented by M.Egorov, the head of Entrepreneurship Support Fund of the Republic of Buryatia

V.Frolov, the head of the East-Siberian railway spoke about the potential of the Round-the- Lake-Baikal railway in the development of tourism in Baikal region.

A.Zotova, General Director of METROPOL-Express Travel Agencies Network OJSC told about the currently implemented investment project for construction of a tourist-recreational zone "Baikal harbor"

V.Nagovitsyn, the head of the Republic of Buryatia,  answers the questions of the reporters



 

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