|Questions and Answers
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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