A regular Round table of the Northern Forum was held on November 27, 2018, with the support of the Government of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) represented by the Ministry of External Relations and Ethnic Affairs and the Ministry of Entrepreneurship, Trade and Tourism of Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
Participants of the Round table from NF member-regions used a conference call (VCS) to join a meeting.
Heads of relevant ministries and departments, experts, tour operators from NF member-regions took part in the Round table:
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug - Natalia Slugina, Governor and Government Administration Head of International Relations Department
Kamchatka Krai - Elena Stratonova, Head of Agency for Tourism and External Relations of Kamchatka Krai;
Magadan Region - Valeria Vinter, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Investment Policy and Innovations of Magadan Region - Head of the Investment Promotion Agency; Maxim Shurhno, Chief Specialist of the Department of Art, Folk Arts and Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Magadan Region
Krasnoyarsk Region - Olga Vasilyeva, Deputy Minister - Head of Tourism Development Department of Ministry of Culture; Ksenia Poddubnaya - Chief Specialist, Tourism Development Department, Ministry of Culture;
Nenets Autonomous Okrug - Sergey Kulakov, Chairman, Committee Culture and Tourism, Department of Education, Culture and Sports; Vasily Chuklin, Head of the Tourism Sector
Republic of Gorny Altai - Mergen Muklaev, LLC “Ail Tour”.
The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) was presented by:
Vyacheslav Ipatyev, General Director of TS-Center LLC, Member of the Coordination Council for the Development of Tourism under the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Academician of National Academy of Tourism of the Russian Federation; Nadezhda Stepanova, Scientific Secretary, Center for Strategic Studies of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia); Valentin Nikolaev, LLC Cholbon-tour; Vasily Vinokurov, General Director of tourist base "Azure Coast" (Namsky ulus); Elena Totonova, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of French Philology, NEFU, Head of Master's Program “Tourism, Cultural Heritage and Environment”, Alexander Grigoryev, Head of Project Office of the Festival "Winter starts in Yakutia"; Oksana Tretyakova, Elanka Tourist Resort; Tamara Solovyeva, Chief Specialist, Tourism Industry Department, Ministry of Entrepreneurship, Trade and Tourism; Izabella Popova, Chief Specialist, Department of International and Interregional Cooperation, Ministry of External Relations and Ethnic Affairs; Valentina Ivanova, leading specialist, Ministry of External Relations and Ethnic Affairs; Varvara Parilova, leading specialist, Northern Forum Secretariat.
The Round table was moderated by Daryana Maksimova, Associate Professor, Department of International Studies, Institute of Modern Languages and International Studies, North-Eastern Federal University; Ph.D., research associate Institute for US and Canadian Studies Russian Academy of Sciences, and Arkadiy Diodorov, Chief Specialist, Northern Forum Secretariat;
The Round table participants discussed common problems and prospects for the sustainable development of Arctic tourism, shared regional features of its development and agreed to work out a joint interregional resolution, which is planned to be sent to the appropriate federal authorities of Russia.
Based on the priority directions of the socio-economic development of the Russian Federation and high natural and cultural potential of the Russian Arctic, the participants decided to pay special attention to a formation of high-quality recreations in the northern territories and send the proposals to Ministry for Economic Development of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, and regional executive authorities.