One of the most important current events for the Republic of Karelia was the signing of the agreement on the development of water transport at the St. Petersburg International
The document was signed by the Head of Karelia Arthur Parfenchikov, the Governors of the Leningrad and Novgorod regions Alexander Drozdenko and Andrei Nikitin, and the CEO of
Kont company Alexei Obryadin.
The parties agreed to cooperate on the development of passenger inland waterway transport infrastructure in the Karelia, Leningrad and Novgorod regions.
This agreement is aimed at developing water tourism routes in these three regions. The initiative was proposed by the Governor of the Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko.
This regions' government has already had some experience of cooperating with Kont company, which built a pier in Staraya Ladoga and, therefore, has given some impetus to
small and medium-sized business in the city. According to Alexander Drozdenko, many foreigners who come to the Leningrad region would like to visit other regions,
including the Novgorod region and Karelia.
The agreement implies a number of concrete steps, including the joint implementation of investment projects on constructing passenger piers and other objects of tourist
infrastructure, as well as the formation of new land and water routes. Another important aim is to develop the fleet for sea and inland waterways navigation.
"Today, tourism is an integral part of Karelia's image. The developed water system connecting our republic with the main waterways of Europe, Scandinavia and the southern
seas will create favorable conditions for the water tourism development," said Arthur Parfenchikov.
According to the Head of Karelia, the Republic's Government is strongly focused on increasing the attractiveness of local tourism destinations, especially the territories
near the northern shore of Lake Ladoga. Currently, it has been gradually implementing the investment projects being the part of the corresponding federal target program
for the development of domestic and incoming tourism in the Russian Federation. The new agreement should become another incentive for the local tourism business community.