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Dmitry Pegov, Deputy Managing Director of Russian Railways had a working meeting with Vologda Region Governor Oleg Kuvshinnikov.
The main objective of the video conference meeting was on tourism development in Veliky Ustyug, hometown of Ded Moroz, Russian equivalent of Santa Claus.
“We are interested in the development of the project "Veliky Ustyug – the Hometown of Santa Claus", which is approved by the President of the Russian Federation. The project is included in the national project for the development of tourism and hospitality. Veliky Ustyug has a huge tourist potential and the local government wants to double the number of arrivals by 2024. However, it is necessary to develop a high-speed railway connection with Veliky Ustyug, as more than 60% of visitors arrive there by train”, said Mr. Kuvshinnikov.
Russian Ded Moroz lives more than 600 miles (1000 kilometers) northeast of Moscow in his wooden palace in the pine forests at Votchina 15 km off the town of Veliky Ustyug on a cliff above the Sukhona River. A twenty-two hour train ride north-east of Moscow brings you to the town of Veliky Ustyug.
The official residence of Ded Moroz in Veliky Ustyug is in traditional "terem" style. The residence welcomes visitors all year around, but naturally it is especially popular during the New Year's holiday season. The residence has a throne hall, a museum, a workshop, a mail post and a souvenir shop.
High-quality transformations carried out at the railway station and on the territory of the residence of Ded Moroz, as well as the launch of additional trains in winter will help to increase the tourist flow to Veliky Ustyug.
“Our task is to organize passenger train movement during the holiday season, to work out the most convenient timetable for tourists from Moscow and St. Petersburg, to launch an information campaign and to draw the leading tour operators. And the demand for Ded Moroz will be high at any time of the year,” summed up Vologda Region Governor.