Educational programme for youth tourism development held in Nizhny Novgorod
On October 19 and 20, 2023, the 5th acceleration educational programme "Technologies for Designing Useful Travel in the Field of Youth Tourism" in the Volga Federal District took place at Lobachevsky University. The participants included state and municipal officials in the field of tourism and youth policy, tour guides, employees and managers of tour operator and agency companies, representatives of museums and other tourist facilities - a total of 150 attendees from all 14 regions of the Volga Federal District.
The plenary session was held with the participation of Oleg Mashkovtsev, Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District, Olga Petrova, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, Oleg Trofimov, Acting Rector of Lobachevsky University, Svetlana Anufrieva, Minister of Youth Policy of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Alexander Zakharychev, Acting Minister of Tourism and Crafts of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Anton Konakov, member of the Coordination Council for Youth Affairs in Science and Education of the Presidential Council for Science and Education, Associate Professor of the UNN Faculty of Physics.
"According to sociological surveys, the desire to travel and explore the country is among the top three needs of our students. Therefore, domestic tourism today is not just an entertainment, but an opportunity to better understand one's roots and history, absorb traditions and realise the spiritual and moral values on which Russian society has been based for centuries," said Olga Petrova, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation.
She also noted that youth tourism is a tool for the development of individuals and the whole society.
The educational programme is aimed at improving the participants' professional competencies with a focus on patriotic education of youth and disseminating the ideology of "useful travel" tapping into the country's cultural, scientific, technical, industrial and entrepreneurial potential.
Oleg Trofimov, Acting Rector of Lobachevsky University, emphasized that the University was not an accidental choice as a platform for implementing this large-scale educational project:
"We have been active in the field of youth tourism for many years. Since 2010, the Centre for Tourism Education, Research and Interaction with the Tourism Industry has been functioning our Institute of International Relations and World History, carrying out research, developing and implementing educational programmes and community projects. On the eve of 2024, when Nizhny Novgorod will hold the title of Russia’s Cultural Capital, our University, for its part, will certainly provide suggestions for interesting routes and programmes of historical significance".
On the first day of the event, the programme participants got acquainted with the trends of tourism development for youth, with the technology of developing socially useful youth tourism itineraries, designing complex tourist products by destination, and much more. In addition, Veronika Belyaeva, Head of the Centre for Tourism Education, Research and Interaction with the Tourism Industry at the UNN Institute of International Relations and World History, presented the experience of the Nizhny Novgorod region in the professional training of tour guides.
"Popular science tourism attracts young people to science, allows them to learn about the achievements of our country's scientists. Lobachevsky University was one of the first universities to join the federal programme of popular science tourism for young people. Certainly, it is very important for us to hold this event and share our experience with colleagues from other universities," said Anton Konakov, member of the Coordination Council for Youth Affairs in Science and Education of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.
The second day’s programme included training in a number of disciplines covering various aspects of youth tourism, case studies and presentation of the participants’ projects. All those taking part in the programme received professional development certificates.