Full immersion: the Director General of Exotic Time Company spoke about the intricacies of work in the field of diving tourism
More than seventy IGBT students have learned first-hand about the opportunities and challenges in creating a unique targeted tourism product, the specifics of diving tourism, the prospects of diving in Russia and abroad in a variety of locations, from Baikal to the islands of French Polynesia.
Veronika Birman noted that recreational diving is rapidly gaining popularity: in 2015, the global market for this type of leisure reached $ 12 billion, while the number of divers accelerated - according to 2019, only the international association of diving instructors PADI gives out every year million certificates, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in depth.
For representatives of the tourism and hospitality industry, divers are a welcome audience that willingly spends time and money at resorts. According to statistics, the average diver spends from $ 100 to $ 200 per day, and popular diving sites can earn millions of dollars in the provision of appropriate services.
Veronica Birman also shared practical tips with students, and said that she could help start a career in tourism and hospitality. Veronika noted that one of the main life hacks in employment, especially relevant in the tourism industry, is always to be hungry for adventures, love your job and strive to enjoy it.
The meeting ended with a Q&A session. Students asked about a career in diving tourism, about the future of the industry, and about the best areas for diving. Veronika Birman noted that diving tours, including cruise, are becoming more accessible and safe, especially accompanied by experienced instructors. Among the most popular dive sites are still water areas of the Maldives, the countries of the Mediterranean and Red Seas, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia, and the African direction is gaining popularity.
Valery Falkov, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, presented certificates of honor of the President of the Russian Federation, Medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland of the 2nd degree, Order of Honor, Title of honor “Honored Health Worker of the Russian Federation” and “Honored Inventor of the Russian Federation” to the professors of RUDN University.
By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, Larisa Efremova, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of RUDN University, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II Degree for merits in scientific and teaching activities, training qualified specialists and many years of conscientious work.
By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, Director of RUDN Medical Institute Alexei Abramov was awarded the honorary title “Honored Health Worker of the Russian Federation.” Director Yaroslav Stanishevsky and professor Anna Marakhova of the Institute of Biochemical Technology and Nanotechnology of RUDN University were awarded the title “Honored Inventor of the Russian Federation”.