Murmansk Region sees 10% increase in tourists during New Year holidays

The number of tourists who visited the Murmansk Region during the New Year holidays increased by roughly 10% compared with last year’s season, the region’s Minister for Development of Industry and Entrepreneurship Olga Kuznetsova said.

The minister added that the biggest increase was seen in the number of tourists from Southeast Asia countries, above all China, Thailand, and India.

The Khibiny tourism and recreational cluster, home to the region’s largest ski resort, is traditionally the leader during the New Year holidays. According to expert estimates, it was visited by more than 25,000 tourists, a 20% increase from last year.

Murmansk’s second most popular destination during the New Year holidays this year was visited by more than 4,500 tourists. One of the main attractions here is the Lenin icebreaker museum, which features a major exposition that includes both modern exhibits and interactive objects as well as the original setting from the 1960–1970s, when the “trailblazer” of the country’s nuclear icebreaker fleet conquered the Arctic.