Two large highways - the "Northern route" and the "Siberian corridor" - connect Ugra to Central Russia, Siberia and the Circumpolar regions. River transport also plays an important role in the region. Waterways connect settlements of the Okrug to Siberian cities and towns. The main transport centres are: Omsk, Tobolsk, Salekhard, Tomsk, and Novosibirsk. They all have access to main routes of the Arctic ocean.
Air transport is also well developed. Flights from Ugra's 10 airports reach 80 interregional and 10 international destinations.
Railway transport provides reliable connections to industrial regions of Russia and the neighbouring Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.
| ||Ugra connects Siberian cities and towns to the Arctic Ocean via a well-developed river navigation network.|
The total capacity of local fixed-line telephone is over 650,000 telephone numbers. The leading federal cell phone operators provide their services in Ugra.
The Okrug can provide comfortable accommodation to tourists, business people, and athletes in over 100 hotels that rank from 3 to 4 stars.
|The 2009 Biathlon World Cup Finals held in Khanty-Mansiysk showcased the exceptional quality of the sports and tourist infrastructure of Ugra.|| |
KhMAO-Ugra has an extensive banking system. There are over 100 offices, branches, and representative offices of Russian banks in the Okrug. Sberbank of Russia and the Bank of Khanty-Mansiysk account for the largest share of the market.
There are thousands of rivers and lakes, rich berry bogs, and taiga forests in Ugra. No other place has more fish, animal and bird species. Gamekeeper services, transfers, accommodation in a hunting lodge, licenses for trapping, processing of trophies, hunting gear, full outfit - all this and more awaits the outdoor adventure seeker.
The weather conditions in the winter are ideal for outdoor sports - a high and steady snow pack, excellent terrain, running hills, valleys and a well-run infrastructure. They facilitate the development of mountain skiing, kiting, and snow boarding in the region. Eco-tourism is recreation in the countryside, conservation area routes, and cruises along Siberian rivers. The most exotic tours are possible in the western part of Ugra. Here one will find the astonishing beauties of the snow-covered peaks of the Northern and Circumpolar Urals.
The Okrug has a good basis for the development of ethnographic and ethnic tourism. No doubt, the culture of the Ob and Ugric peoples - the Khanty, Mansi, Nenets, and Selkup - who have been living in Ugra for 3 millennia is of great interest. You can learn more about this culture in ethnographic tours.
Museums, picture galleries with rare works of fine arts, and state-of-the-art concert halls are all important elements of the recreational program that is available to the guests of Ugra.
Congress and business tourism has been developing dynamically. Ugra hosts forums, congresses, and specialized exhibitions, both of Russian and international significance.
Many tourists are attracted to Ugra by international biathlon competitions, film festival "Spirit of Fire", festival of television programs and films "Golden Tambourine", music festival "Ugra", theatre festival "Chaika", ecological festival "Save and Protect".
In 2009, Khanty-Mansiysk will host the World Chess Cup, in 2010 - the World Chess Olympiad, the Assembly and the 81st Congress of World Chess Federation. In 2011, the capital city of Ugra will host the World Biathlon Championships for the second time.
The Okrug gives high priority to developing balneology (the study of therapeutic bathing and medicinal springs), thermal complexes, SPA-saloons, and balnearies. There are also state-of-the-art aqua parks here.