On April 26th, Belavia Airlines opens direct flights from Minsk to Kazan. Air travelers will have the opportunity to fly from Minsk to Kazan on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 11:50 PM according to the Moscow time. The return flight from the capital of Tatarstan will take place at 04:30 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The Russian hotel reservation service Tvil.ru determined the cities most popular with tourists in the Volga Federal District (VFD) based on the results of 2017. The rating was prepared according to the data concerning the reservations made in hotels and apartment hotels in 2017.
Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Perm, Ufa, Saratov, Izhevsk, Ulyanovsk, Cheboksary, and Saransk hit the top ten cities of the Volga Federal District popular with tourists.
Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, and Saransk will host FIFA World Cup matches in June and July 2018. Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, and Samara will hold 6 matches of the 2018 World Cup, and Saransk – 4 matches.
According to Tvil.ru, last year, tourists made reservations in Kazan hotels and apartment hotels on average for 4 nights and paid 3.1 thousand rubles per day.
Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan Sergey Ivanov delivered a presentation of the tourism potential of the Republic of Tatarstan at the plenary meeting of the presentation session on the cultural and tourist potential of the cities participating in the 2018 World Cup in Vienna.
It bears reminding that the International Tourism Exhibition Fair Ferien Messe Wien 2018 was opened on January 11th, which runs from January 11th through January 13th. A thematic section was held today: "Gastronomic brands of the Cities Hosting the World Cup 2018," where Çäkçäk (Chak-Chak) was exhibited as the main gastronomic brand of Tatarstan. A separate stand showing the tourist opportunities of the Republic of Tatarstan is also presented.
The Chistopol State Historical and Architectural and Literature Preserve Museum prepared a new tourist product. This is a unique interactive program called the Merchant Sunday in Chistopol. The first group participated in the program at the New Year's Eve. The guests came from Kazan.
The uniqueness of this program lies in the fact that the guests are invited to live a day in a merchant city with all the relevant attributes – a walk through the historical center, a visit to a temple, a merchant's meal, a visit to a real merchant's mansion, where the masters of the house meet and occupy them
6,500 people visited the Residence of Kysh Babay and Kar Kyzy in the village of Yana Kyrlay of the Arsky region during the New Year holidays. By contrast, during the same period of the last year, this figure was equal to 5,000.
It bears reminding that the Residence of Kysh Babay and Kar Kyzy is located in a fantastic snow fir forest, on the bank of the river Iya, 80 kilometers from the city of Kazan in the village of Yana Kyrlay. A journey to the fairy tale begins with a forest customs, where Shaitan meets the guests and leads them into the dominion of Kysh Babay. The guests will have to get to the house of the same Kysh Babay using the Shurale's map. On their way, the guests will have a lot of adventures – ancient fairy tales, difficult riddles, magic and miracles, as well as fairy tale characters: Shurale is a connoisseur of all the forest roads and paths (similar to the Forest Spirit), friendly and not evil Shaitan (similar to the dickens known as Tchort), merry Ubyly Karchyk (similar to the old witch known as Baba Yaga), ancient Azhdakha (similar to the serpent/dragon known as Zmey Gorynych), strong and brave Batyr (similar to the heroic character known as Bogatyr), beautiful Altynchech (similar to Goldilocks), lovers Takhir and Zukhra (similar to Romeo and Juliet), who will entertain travelers with numerous ordeals.
The residence is open until January 28th.
Kazan hits the top five cities in terms of Christmas travel, and without notice of the urban resorts – the top three Christmas cities. This is proved by the data of the popular hotel reservation service.
According to the service in question, tourists made hotel reservations during the first ten days of January in the capital of Tatarstan on average for four nights and spent on living 4 thousand rubles per day per family. In Moscow – for five nights (3.8 thousand rubles per day), and in St. Petersburg – for 4.5 nights (4.7 thousand rubles per day). Ten leaders are as follows: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Yalta, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Kislovodsk, Vologda, and Veliky Novgorod.
The rating is based on an analysis of reservations made in hotels and apartment hotels from January 6th through January 8th, 2018.
On December 22, 2017, the awards ceremony for the winners of ‘The Tourism Leader’, the annual all-republic contest in the sphere of tourism, was held in the Kazan Town Hall’s Pillared Hall. R.K.Nigmatullin, the First Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Tatarstan, and S.E.Ivanov, the Chair of the State Committee on Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan, took part in the event. The contest was initiated in 2001, first under the title “Tourism – 21st Century”, and then renamed into “The Tourism Leader” in 2016. The contest mission is to reveal the leading participants and trends in the tourist market, as well as to consolidate and facilitate the tourist business efforts in resolving the task of developing modern, highly efficient, and competitive tourist structure that would provide considerable contribution into the economy of the Republic of Tatarstan.
For the coming New Year vacations the Bolgar museum-reserve set up a theatrical show, “Winter Encounters with the Past”, reports the museum press centre. The special holiday program will be presented on the 3rd, 4th, and 6th of January. All museum sites would be open for visitors every day throughout the vacations.
Beside the New Year Tree located on the central square at the Memorial Sign, guests will be greeted by historical figures, Khan, Khanbike, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great. Then, the most venerable of all sages will take them to ‘the journey into the past’. Merry minstrels will provide New Year round dances. Besides, all comers could take part in historical games, with contests and competitions in dexterity, marksmanship, and speed. One can also take a sledge ride or warm themselves up with tea and Bolgar pancakes.
The town-island of Sviyazhsk invites you to learn traditions of celebrating New Year and Christmas in Russia: what were the origins of these holidays, where did the tradition to decorate New Year Tree and present gifts come from, what kinds of gifts were customary for the seasonal presents, and how did these festivities use to be celebrated in our parts. Apart from feeding you with old-time stories, the program features old games, shadow pantomime “Christmas”, and a workshop on making traditional wooden New Year Tree decorations.
Duration of the program: 1,5 hours.
Price: 200 roubles.
Age group: 1-11 school grades.
Sergei Ivanov, the Chair of the State Committee on Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan, along with other heads of the republic’s ministries and agencies, took part in the “Free Subscription 2018” charity campaign. He subscribed to Tatmedia editions, ‘Chayan’ magazine on behalf of Spassky Nursing Home, and ‘Tatarstan’ magazine on behalf of the “Shore of Hope” complex social service centre of Mendeleevsky municipal district of the Republic of Tatarstan, both for the period of the first half of 2018. “Free Subscription” charity campaign is held in Tatarstan, on Tatmedia company’s initiative, for the third subscription season. In the framework of this project, state officials, heads of ministries, agencies, and colleges present subscriptions on Tatarstan magazines and newspapers to war veterans, orphanages, rest homes and other social institutions.