VLADIVOSTOK. August 19. VOSTOK-MEDIA – The 1st Far Eastern Research and Practice Conference “Hotel Business of the Russian Far East. Regional specific features and development prospects.” has kicked off in Vladivostok today, drawing attention not only of representatives of Russian hotel business but also diplomatic missions of Japan, China, Korea and Greece.
Hasegawa Tomonori, Deputy of Consul General of Japan in Vladivostok expressed his confidence that this event is event is very topical. It is particularly remarkable that the conference is being held in Vladivostok, because the city will host APEC-2012 Summit in three years time.
“The present-day hospitality business extends beyond providing bed and board. It is integrated into the overall landscape of urban life. The hotels host business meetings, workshops, corporate events and celebrations; hotels for family vocation became very popular over the recent years. In Japan there is a tough competition in the hospitality industry, therefore to attract customers every hotel implements various ideas ranging from discounts, suppers, buffet services to free tickets to attractions and events held near the hotel at the time. And of course, one should not forget about such an integral part of hospitality service as the continuous improvement of hotel amenities,” said Mr. Hasegawa.
During opening of the conference Mr. Hasegava emphasized that the Far Eastern region has great possibilities for development of hospitality business.
“The Russian Far East has huge potential for development of tourism. The present day tourism and hospitality sector are organic whole. If there are few tourists the hotels would be left half empty. If there are attractions such as excursions, eco- and family tourism then the hotels would be strongly sought-for,” – the Deputy of Consul General stated.
Mr. Hasegava expressed his hope that the widely-perceived image of the Japanese as curious and robust tourists would be corroborated in Primorsky Krai. And the time when citizens of the Land of the Rising Sun will visit the capital of Primorsky Krai and the whole region is just round the corner.
Relaxation of visa requirements is yet another factor facilitating the development of hospitality industry.
“The present-day legislation of the Russian Federation provides for up to 72 hours visa-free stay for visitors arrived on a ferry. As long as the new ferry service has been launched to link Vladivostok, Donghae (Korea) and Sakaiminato (Japan) we are considering liberalization of visa requirements for Russian nationals, who would arrive in Japan on the ferry. Besides, this ferry service should play an important role in the development of tourism, establishing new tourist routes and attraction of both tourists and investors as well. I hope that the issue relating to the liberalization of visa requirements for residents of these regions sooner or later will find its positive solution.” – stated Mr. Hasegava.