Chairman of the Lake Baikal Foundation Board of Trustees Eduard Voytenko and the member of the Supervisory Board Alexander Gabuev shared their views on the development of the «Chinese issue» on Lake Baikal in the column for the newspaper Vedomosti.
The growth of Chinese tourism on Lake Baikal causes concern among the expert community. On the one hand, for the Baikal region and for Russia as a whole, Chinese tourism can mean an increase in revenues from tourist facilities, growth of jobs in the entertainment industry, and strengthening of inter-human ties. On the other hand, there is also a reverse side of the medal: high criminalization of the shadow sector and damage to the Baikal ecology.
According to experts, it is necessary to focus on the turning tourist flows from China to a civilized direction. In addition to systemic solutions to corruption problems and ineffective supervision, it is necessary to build cooperation with Chinese eco-funds, offer new routes and formats for involving visitors from China, and show partners in Asia benefits of deriving from the shadow of business in Baikal in the economy language.
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