Creating a Yeti tourist trap in Siberia

I can always count on press from the Siberian tourism promotors. It happens with such regularity.

Visiting “Big Foot”

A village dedicated to the mysterious Big Foot, or Yeti, will appear at the mountain ski resort of Sheregesh in South Siberia. Adjoining one of the hotel compounds will be a Yeti-park with a separate house for the “relict hominid”.

In Shoria, a picturesque mountain land in Russia’s Kemerovo region, the existence of Big Foot has been officially recognized. An annual holiday called Yeti Day was introduced there a few years ago. And now, visitors will be able to see Big Foot with their own eyes and even communicate with it, deputy head of the Sheregesh administration Igor Idimeshev told the Voice of Russia.

“We will organize a Yeti-park with a museum where natural proofs of Big Foot’s existence will be exhibited such as trees arch-woven by Yeti, and lots of other things. We will invite scientists to participate in the museum’s creation. And we will also hold science conferences dedicated to Big Foot.”

The article says Shoria has “become a Mecca for BigFoot researchers and reporters”. So they SAY. We have covered this issue of tourism relating to this region of Siberia several times.

They continue to promote the Azas cave as Bigfoot/yeti habitation. But it’s simply a tourist destination for an area that needs commerce. This is a ploy. There is no good evidence for the Yeti actually living here. If he was as ubiquitous as they say, they should have NO PROBLEM getting better evidence than broken trees, one-legged foot prints, questionable hairs and “nests” and really awful videos . This story is about money, not a real creature.

Kemerovo [Russia] says come for the Yeti stay for the skiing.

Siberian authorities say Yeti exists in Kemerovo (updated)

Mascot for a Russian mining company were the Yeti was supposedly seen

Yeti mascot for a Russian mining company

  4 comments for “Creating a Yeti tourist trap in Siberia

  1. oldebabe
    January 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Why should American’s be the the only crazy ones?

  2. D. Walker
    January 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    When they get some flying saucer dudes and a roller coaster, let me know. That’s a bit far to go for just a plain old run of the mill bigfoot.

  3. January 11, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    The weird part is that there might be new and little known animals waiting to be found in the area. I say little known as usually the locals know. Having a tourist trap is sadly the fate of Yeti/Bigfoot study. It’s what happens eventually to all paranormal animals.

  4. January 12, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    They have really bumped up the infrastructure for Big foot tourism there. I remember when they could only claim the mascot. I’m sure this year there will be a big lead up prior to Yeti Day on November 11th.

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