Arkhangelsk Region Boosts Tourism Revenue by 50%

Tax revenues from companies, working in the tourism sector in the Arkhangelsk Region, grew by almost 50% year-on-year in 2019, the regional tax authority’s press service reported on Friday, according to

“In 2019, companies and businesses, which work in the Arkhangelsk Region in the sector of tourism, paid 731 million rubles ($11 million) to the budget in taxes,” the press service said. “This is by 242 million rubles ($3.7 million), or 49.4% more than they paid a year earlier.”

Catering companies account for 67% of the payments, or 487 million rubles ($7.5 million), accommodation facilities provided 195 million rubles ($3 million), and tourist agencies and operators — 50 million rubles ($0.7 million).

The major contributors were the region’s largest cities — Arkhangelsk, Severodvinsk, and Kotlas — and their share in the payments made 82%.

Right below the Arctic Circle, relatively close to the capitals, the city and oblast (region) of Arkhangelsk preserved its centuries-long folk traditions, which coexisted alongside the intertwining layers of imperial, Soviet, and contemporary Russian culture. In winter or in summer, the city by the White Sea could be a great new destination for your exploration of Russia, wrote recently.

According to the region’s Culture minister Anna Tyutrina, about 420,000 tourists visited the Arkhangelsk Region in 2019 (3% growth YOY). Most foreign tourists are from Germany, Finland, Spain, and the U.S. “We see that more tourists have been arriving in the region,” she told TASS.