Aleksandr Hudilainen, head of the Republic of Karelia, announced that the republic was planning on building a ski resort, TASS reported on Nov. 29.
The resort, which will be built on the Finnish border next to the town of Sortavala, will have several alpine skiing centres, a large recreational area, bowling facilities, swimming pools and skating rinks. “I think it will be constructed in a year, a year and a half,” Hudilainen said. “So Karelia’s tourism industry will have one more attraction.”
Hudilainen added that a major Russian investor was already behind the project.
Records from the republic’s Ministry of Culture show that there are 320 businesses providing a total of 8,000 accommodations in the region. In 2015, 720,000 visitors visited Karelia as part of organised tours and the regional government expects the figure to reach one million by 2020.
Karelia is considered one of the most attractive regions for domestic tourism. In early November, the republic was named one of the top regions for adventure tourism. It’s also among the top New Year holiday destinations for Russians.