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Base of operations: Russia -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 2
For about 30 years we have been involved in the international travel industry of Russia. We well remember tourism in the Soviet Siberia when breaking through the “iron curtain” was, probably, major motivation for most foreign travelers to come here, if not to count the value of the Trans-Siberian and phenomenon of Lake Baikal. Much has changed since. Siberia is now absolutely open, remains beautiful, hospitable and friendly as ever offering all unique destinations to its visitors. The incentive travel industry and international tourism continue to intensively develop in Siberia.
M19685 is designed as Siberia’s Bureau of Events and Expeditions. We love developing tours running them well with sustainability principles in mind, provide fascinating educational experiences in a fun and relaxed environment. One of our goals is to find extraordinary ways to connect you with nature and local people. We have pioneered international eco- tourism in the area of so-called “Baikal and Mongolian Asia” connecting 2 Great twin lakes: Baikal and Hovsgol. A great number of curious and adventurous people who respect cultural heritage and treasure the natural world have since been attracted and went on our off-the-beaten path journeys to this area of the world’s largest fresh-water basin.
We love taking part in the events and have a well-earned reputation of creating good events, international festivals some of which have already gained world-wide recognition. And in our view, each of the tour, journey, corporate or leisure program has to be a lifetime event for visitors and local communities likewise, conserving natural and cultural environment. We live and work on the shores of sacred Lake Baikal regarded as the criterion for Global purity. And that obliges. These fantastic nature beauties were borrowed by us from the generations yet unborn, and while managing the natural resources for our own sake we have to preserve them with no damage for the generations to come. And then, once this task has been fulfilled one can truly say: “My life was an absolute event!”
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We love developing tours running them well with sustainability principles in mind, provide fascinating educational experiences in a fun and relaxed environment.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
2. What is your company's mission?
Responsibly and in a sustainable way showing Lake Baikal area and that of Siberia.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Travel packages to culturally and naturally unique destinations of Siberia; events organizing.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Alexey Nikiforov. Alexey Nikiforov (born in 1960) has been involved in international travel industry for nearly 30 years. He began his professional career back in 1980 as a tour guide and escort laying the first eco-trails and developing tour products for foreign tourists in Lake Baikal area. He completed his formal education in Russia (major in teaching of English and German languages), went through a number of post-graduate professional courses both in Russia and abroad, holds various certificates in professional business programs. Before founding 19685 he worked in various capacities in the travel and hospitality industry, his previous and recent positions including Managing Director of Baikal Business Center Hotel, Travel and Convention Bureau (1996-2001), Marketing and Sales Director of Green Express Travel Group Inc. (2001 -2003), General Director of Baikal Discovery Ltd. which he founded together with other 2 partners.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Winter Lake Baikal Encanted in Ice and Snow (11 days tour), splendid tour in one-of-a-kind Baikal area including travel and overnight on ice, special shamanistic ritual on the deepest point of Lake Baikal - as the ceremony of offering to the Great Waters and Its Gods.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
"It is with great sincerity that I share my compliments with you regarding a wonderful experience in your country. The event was masterfully organized to the extent I will say that the organization could only be topped by the sheer beauty and majesty of the setting. Without a doubt, Lake Baikal is a true wonder of the world, and I feel very fortunate to have traversed its ice-covered surface. I can only imagine how beautiful the Lake is when it is not frozen. I can imagine no experience more unique on the Asian continent. Staff members were extremely professional. The Russian people were wonderfully hospitable during my entire stay, and I will always treasure the memories of my visit to Listvyanka, Siberia. Thank you for organizing a great event!" - David Bryan, Portsmouth, NH- USA
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