September 19, 2017 within the framework of the International Tourism Forum "Recreation" were the results of the First National Rating for the development of event-based tourism in Russia in 2016.
In his welcome speech, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the rating, the President of the National Association of Event Tourism Oleg Alekseev thanked the regions that took part in the rating and highlighted the importance of the rating as an instrument to attract event organizers to the territory and development of event tourism in Russia as a whole. Oleg Alekseev noted that the data for Moscow and St. Petersburg were not taken into account in the first year of the rating, since these subjects of the Russian Federation have disproportionate potential and difficultly calculated parameters for the eventual tourist flow.
A total of 83 regions were evaluated, the assessment was based on questionnaires sent by the relevant authorities responsible for the development of tourism and hospitality in the territory (weight in the general rating - 92%) and expert evaluation (weight in the rating - 8%). The Expert Council was represented by leading experts in the field of tourism - top managers of the largest tour operators in Russia, representatives of science and education, leaders of associations and associations in the tourism industry, and leaders of specialized media.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee - President of the National rating of the development of event tourism Igor Kaverzin announced the results of the rating with the distribution of the regions participating in the leagues: bronze, silver and gold. Igor Kaverzin noted that the rating is primarily a dynamic tool, and the regions will be able to see its significance in the horizon 3-5 or more years, when both event organizers, tour operators and tourists will be able to observe the dynamics of development of event tourism in a particular territory .
Thus, the presented rating grid is the result of effective work of the territories in the field of event tourism, and a challenge for the subjects of the Russian Federation to preserve and improve their positions next year.