Krasnodar, 20 Мау. Today our interviewee is Vasili Shvets, Mayor of Anapa Resort City.
Q.: What were your first impressions of the city when you arrived to work here?
A.: Before working at the City Hall, I was in charge of the tourist industry at the regional administration, but only when I relocated to Anapa I began to understand the problems of a resort city and the life of a seaside city on the whole. Besides, my new post was connected with lots of factors that gave no time to relax. The coronavirus-related constraints and requirements, so painfully endured by the business society, remained valid, and we were in for lots of different undertakings – I can say that the city met me with a rich agenda. When I lived here for a while, I began to sincerely like Anapa. And it was a revelation for me, because earlier my favourite resort city in the Kuban region was Gelendzhik. But it was Anapa that became the centre of children’s and adult tourism, and the venue of many various activities and events. The local population which in fact consists of re-settlers from all corners of the country is very friendly, which imparts some charm to the city and makes it lively and yet not thoroughly explored. Yes, there are other resorts in the region where serious federal money has been invested, and these cities can be even called business centres. But Anapa is a cosy nook with a huge potential. If its beautification becomes regular, the city will change and become even more appealing.
Q.: Prices for realty are constantly growing. Can this situation be stopped, and what is this going to lead to?
A.: Prices for residential realty will be always growing in Anapa. If some time ago a square metre cost 60,000 roubles, now the price is 100,000 roubles. The offer has reduced – but the fewer residential square metres, the more hotel rooms. If the flats can accommodate 10,000 holidaymakers, the hotels will be able to lodge hundreds of thousands. Tourism will always remain our number one priority.
Q.: It may end in the situation when all young people leave Anapa because of there will be no other jobs than service personnel at hotels.
A.: The COVID year showed that representatives of creative trades tended to choose Anapa for living and remote work. We have noted it and decided to develop the city’s infrastructure in this direction. Now we are negotiating about building an IT cluster in Anapa – we have already allocated the space for this promising project.
Q.: From a children’s resort, Anapa has turned into a family holidaymaking destination. Will it be possible to make it a year-round resort city?
A.: It will be possible only when we have a well-furnished and long seafront. It should not be fundamental all along, but it must be an uninterrupted promenade. Now we are choosing the pavement and thinking how to clear some spaces of the seafront off outdated constructions and piles of different unneeded things. We are also planning to prolong the existing seafront down to the ‘Swallows’ Nests’ – and it will be more than three kilometres of a promenade.
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