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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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Interest in the North Caucasus Federal district as a tourist brand of our country from year to year is growing among our citizens and among foreigners who are increasingly choosing educational and sightseeing tours to the Russian regions. As stated at the first tourism forum of the North-Caucasian Federal district and Southern Russia, the head of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic Rashid Temrezov, “the North-Caucasian Federal district has all the necessary resources in order to assert itself as an interesting, comfortable and, most importantly, safe areas for tourism and recreation”. According to Rashid Temrezov. continue reading, the resorts of the North-Caucasian Federal district are among the safest in the Russian Federation.

All-season ski resort Arkhyz. Photo: Sulima Of Kudusov

Karachay-Cherkessia is considered to be one of the oldest regions of Russia on development of tourism — a kind of Mecca for tourists. Official statistics suggests that the development of tourism on the territory of the Republic begins with 1923.

In the medical-drinking and Spa water relations in Karachay-Cherkessia in the world is deservedly considered one of the most valuable and scarce. There are more than 400 mineral springs, most of them have medicinal properties, many are in transport accessibility.

In urupskiy district is a unique national resort Phia, where an area about 200 m from the bowels of the earth come to the surface 17 different sources of mineral water. Every year an increasing number of tourists are recuperating at highland Narzan source Phia.

To the cultural heritage of the Republic are lower-Arkhyz architectural and archaeological complex of VII-XIV centuries, Shoininski complex X—XI centuries, Humoresque the settlement of the VIII—X centuries, Sentinsky complex X-XII centuries, the Alanian settlement of the VIII-XIV centuries and the tower “adiyukh” of the XVIII century.

Place of pilgrimage of thousands of Russians is the image of the face of Christ, later called “Arkhyz face -rock icon”, Dating from the late XI — early XII century, located on a rocky terrace in front of the lower-Arkhyz settlement.

To medical-health areas and resorts are the famous resorts of Teberda, Dombai and Arkhyz.

Teberda, located in the middle of the Western Caucasus mountains at the altitude of 1300-1350 m above sea level, began to get comfortable with the construction of the Military-Sukhumi road. In the 80-ies of the XIX century scientists and physicians were evaluated the healing properties of mountain air and the climate of the Teberda valley. Today, the city-resort Teberda is a center of tourism and climatic-balneological treatment. Here are tourist bases and sanatoriums, equipped with modern equipment, a total capacity of 1200 beds.

Well-known Russian resort of Dombay, surrounded by legends, which glorified the famous Russian poets, located at an altitude of 1650 m above sea level. The highest peaks rise to a height of 4000 m. the mountain Slopes at an altitude of 2500-3000 m almost all year round covered with snow.

Despite his advanced age, the Dombay resort is constantly evolving. Currently, Dombay meadow runs a tourist complex, which has more than 80 hotels, 70 restaurants, about 100 points of hire of tourist equipment. An important element is the cable car. The ski lifts of Dombay are a network of cable cars that allows you to climb to a maximum altitude of 3200 meters above sea level.

The resort village of Dombay. Photo: Murat Hutov

Like a pearl at the bottom of the bowl, in the valley of the Bolshoi Zelenchuk river nestled the village of Arkhyz. Arkhyz is one of the main tourist centers of the Caucasus. Here you can go trekking first-the fourth category of complexity. Big Zelenchuk popular among water tourists. In recent years, in Arkhyz develops horse-riding, rafting, Cycling and other types of tourism. A promising area for climbers, but especially for mountain romantics. To see the summer thousands of colorful tents along the Arkhyz gorge — it is normal and pleasing to the eye.

A new impetus to the development of the tourism industry launched the implementation of one of the most ambitious projects in Russia — the construction of all-season mountain resort “Arkhyz” — pilot project North Caucasian tourist cluster. The resort is located on the territory of the special economic zone in the zelenchukskiy and Urupsky municipal districts of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. The project is developed in the format of public-private partnerships with the active participation of “resorts of the North Caucasus”.

In 2015 KCR visited 900 thousand people. Photo: Timur Agirov

The construction of the resort “Arkhyz” in the beginning, but it is growing rapidly in popularity both among tourists and investors who want to invest in a promising resort.

Now in the “Arkhyz” there are 3 modern cable cars, 3 hotel complex, service centers, restaurants, 7 ski slopes, equipped with artificial snow systems and lighting that allows tourists with pleasure and comfort to ride at night.

Karachay-Cherkessia actively involved in the implementation of the program “Development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Russian Federation (2011-2018)”. Investment project “Creation of tourist-recreation cluster “all-Season tourist and recreational complex “Honey waterfalls” is recognized as a promising and entered into the Register of investment projects of constituent entities of the Russian Federation, included in the list of Federal target program that involves government support in the further development of the resort. The Republic has established a good legal framework for investment, further development in the region a variety of types and forms of tourism, ski sports and healthy lifestyle.

The dynamic development of the tourism industry in Karachay-Cherkessia is evidenced by the fact that in the year 2015, the Republic was first visited by 900 thousand people. Growth over the five years amounted to 230%!

Oleg Ivanov

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