Release:2017, Vol. 3. №3
About the authors:Matvey S. Oborin, Dr. Sci. (Econ.), Associate Professor, Department of Economic Analysis and Statistics, Perm Institute (branch) of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics; Professor, Department of World and Regional Economy, the Economic Theory, Perm State National Research University; firstname.lastname@example.org
The problem of small towns is quite relevant, as shown in the works of Russian and foreign scientists in connection with the search for points of regional growth and adaptation to crisis. For the Russian Federation, small towns are of considerable strategic potential, because they have a potential and a number of advantages in comparison with industrially developed regions: a favorable environment, undeveloped areas, the possibility of implementing various infrastructural projects. Therefore, on the one hand, we can see the presence of depressed areas having a number of structural challenges and impediments to growth; on the other hand, there are prospects for the formation of effective interaction with the developed regional centers. One of directions of development of small cities is to optimize the use of tourist-recreational potential.
This article discusses a wide range of issues related to the development of the tourism potential of small towns in the Vladimir, Tula and Perm Regions. Thus, the authors reviewed the characteristics and types of classification and the typology of cities. The evaluation and comparison of the development of cultural and tourism potential of small towns Russia was carried out on the example of three regions: the Vladimir, Tula and Perm Regions.
This paper outlines the features and perspectives of development of small cities of these subjects in the tourism and recreational sector, identifies strengths, weaknesses, the oppor-tunities and threats that may influence the development of strategy and tools of formation of tourist-recreational specialization.
Scientific novelty of the research is the analysis of the tourism potential of small towns in the selected subjects as the basis of networking with developed centers and the achievement of a comprehensive effect for socio-economic development of territories.
Research methods are the systematic analysis of socio-economic modeling and forecasting. The results indicate that small cities of the Vladimir, Tula and Perm Regions have great potential for the development of tourism and recreational activities and health tourism, which in difficult macroeconomic conditions can significantly improve the welfare of these subjects. However, such results can be secured only through a system of municipal and federal authorities, programs of development and investments.