A new tourism development program will be adopted in the Voronezh Region in 2020. This will happen once the corresponding program designed for the period until 2035 is adopted at the federal level. Alexander Kukin, the head of the Department of Tourism of the Voronezh Region, told the RIA Voronezh correspondent about in what areas they were planning to develop regional tourism in the coming years.

Navigation system and audio guides

An audio guide system will appear on the M-4 Don Highway. Using a smartphone, one will be able to download an application, enable geolocation, and the audio guide software will automatically pick the geographical points and conduct an audio tour across them.

“The Voronezh Region began cooperating with the world's most famous audio guide system Easy Travel. The region will order 40 audio guides that will operate on the highway,” Alexander Kukin explained.

There already are audio guides working outside the Voronezh Region - for example, in Moscow and the Moscow Region. The software can be used when driving on the highway or by rail while traveling by train or suburban electric train.

“I use it myself when visiting other regions - it's interesting. Usually, when you on a train, you see a streaking gray mass in the window. And thanks to the audio guide, you learn that you are, for example, passing by the palace of Catherine II,” Alexander Kukin noted.

In the future, the audio guide system can be introduced in the center of Voronezh.

In addition, road signs will continue to be installed near the objects of interest on the roads in municipal districts and at the entrances to the winner villages of the annual contest The Most Beautiful Village of the Voronezh Region. The implementation of the tourist navigation system began in 2014.

Knowledge Car

A tourism and education project implemented by the regional authorities jointly with the South-Eastern Railway will be launched in Voronezh already on December 14. As part of the pilot project Knowledge Car, electric trains will take 10-14-year-old Voronezh schoolchildren on tours to Liski and Bobrov. The goal is to help children learn about their native land. During the trip, experienced teachers will conduct interactive lessons on local lore with their students.

“Children will travel from Voronezh to Liski on December 14. While there, they will not only see the children's railway but also go on a tour to a farm. It will be a charity trip organized for children from the Voronezh boarding schools,” said Alexander Kukin.

Trips for children will not be free, but they will try to make the tours as cheap as possible by attracting sponsors who will partially pay the cost of tickets.

The frequency of Knowledge Car‘s trips will depend on the demand for the project in the region and the occupancy rate of the cars. The organizers are planning to carry 100-200 people. The project will be available to district schools as well.

“It is fascinating to carry children not only from Voronezh to the districts but also from the districts to Voronezh. Most likely, children from several settlements will be delivered to the railway station at once. They will be brought to the station by school bus,” Kukin stated.

Starting from 2020, Knowledge Car will also travel outside the Voronezh Region - to Moscow and Ryazan. It is assumed that both Moscow and Ryazan schoolchildren will come to Voronezh on tours as well.

Knowledge Car is both children's and educational-patriotic tourism. These fields are now of priority for Russia,’ summarized Alexander Kukin.

Congress and Exhibition Bureau

A non-profit institution will be created in the region for developing congress and exhibition business tourism: organizing exhibitions, fairs, conferences, symposia, meetings. The creation of this institution is the responsibility of the Agency for Innovation and Development of Economic and Social Projects.

“The Bureau will be responsible for all activities in the Voronezh business field. It will form their schedule and analyze the information on business events that take place abroad and should be held here,” explained Alexander Kukin.

Children's tourism territory

There are quite a lot of abandoned children's camps and campsites in Novousmansky District. Regional authorities are planning to put them in order.

“Reviving children's recreation here is a collective task, which should be specified as a strategic goal, since children’s tourism is a priority for our country’s leaders. If the business community has proposals, we will be happy to hear them and ready to promote them,” Alexander Kukin stressed.

Voronezh cluster

According to Alexander Kukin, the issue of the lack of “tourism landmarks” and infrastructure remains an urgent problem in the Voronezh region. It can be solved with the help of anchor investors encouraged by the regional authorities for cooperation. A promising territory in this sense is the so-called Voronezh cluster, which includes Ramonsky District and the northern part of Voronezh - right down to the city center.

“This is an infrastructural and capital-intensive territory is interesting from a commercial point of view. In tourism, an important indicator of ongoing projects is the entry point of the tourist flow, and in the Voronezh cluster the largest entry points of the tourist flow south of Moscow. 14 million people pass by the Voronezh Region on the M-4 Highway annually, 800 thousand fly to the Voronezh Airport (in the coming years, its traffic will increase up to 2.5 million), and another 3.5 million travel through the region by rail. People pass by, they need to stop somewhere and take a walk. For this purpose, the number of objects of tourism landmarks not far from the Voronezh airport, near City-Park Grad will be increased,” said Alexander Kukin.

Petrovsky Island

In 2022, Voronezh will celebrate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great. By this year, the authorities are planning to open the reconstructed Petrovsky Island. It was here that at the end of the 17th century the emperor created the first Russian admiralty. Nearby was the shipyard where the first warships were built. At the beginning of the 20th century, this territory was occupied by the Petrovsky Yacht Club and the building of an arsenal that was destroyed during the Great Patriotic War. According to the design layout, the island will be surrounded by fortified walls with turrets and connected to the embankment with a pontoon bridge.

“A two or three-story building of the Museum of Peter the Great will be built in the center of the island. Around it, there will be an open area for events and three children's zones, a restaurant and a commercial zone located nearby - pavilions for conducting workshops and selling souvenirs. The whole island will be designed in a single style of Peter the Great’s era: from restaurant meals prepared in accordance with recipes of the XVII-XVIII centuries to historical costumes worn by the workers of the park. The island will also have a pier for Goto Predestinatsiya, which will cruise around the reservoir along a circular route, as well as a boat station,” Alexander Kukin shared.