Russia’s Tatarstan to create three tourism clusters by late 2020; Tass

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Russia – Assumption Cathedral and Monastery of the town-island of Sviyazhsk

The tourist flow to the republic is expected to grow by 50,000-100,000 annually.

KAZAN, November 27. /TASS/. The Volga Republic of Tatarstan will get three tourism clusters by the end of 2020 in order to increase tourist flow by 50,000-100,000 annually, the head of the regional tourism committee, Sergei Ivanov, told TASS on Monday.

“The Sviyazhsk cluster will be completed this year, the Bolgar cluster in 2018-2019 and the Verkhny Uslon cluster in 2019-2020,” Ivanov said.

The tourist flow to the ancient towns of Bolgar and Sviyazhsk is annually growing by 20-30%, he added.

In 2016, Tatarstan welcomed some 2.9 million tourists, a 7% growth as compared to 2015.

Sviyazhsk was founded in 1551 by Russian Czar Ivan the Terrible as a fortress some 30 kilometers to the West of Kazan, Tatarstan’s capital. In 2017, the local Assumption Cathedral and Monastery were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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