More eco-trails and guide training programmes will make it possible to increase tourism to Land of the Leopard National Park threefold from 3,000 to 7,000-10,000 people per year, including from Asian countries, Land of the Leopard specialists said during a meeting with representatives of regional authorities.
This has been achieved through cooperation with the Administration of Primorye and consistent efforts to develop tourism infrastructure.
"We pay special attention to building effective cooperation with nature reserves and national parks. The region has a number of protected areas that help preserve our rich wildlife and open this unique world for people. A greater number of visitors will benefit the development of these territories, while also creating new jobs, and a clever approach to equipping eco-trails will prevent damage to nature," said Vladimir Shchur, deputy head of the Primorye Territory Department of Tourism.
He pointed to the prospect of attracting foreign tourists, including from Asian countries, to Land of the Leopard.
In addition, work is under way to create a bicycle trail, which is scheduled to open in autumn 2018. Running through hilltops, it will offer panoramic views of the national park, the sea and the famous bridges of Vladivostok.
In order to cope with more tourists, special guide courses will be organised to train guides, who will conduct tours on their own.
So far, the national park has two eco-trails: Leopard's Lair and Leopard Trail.