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Sakhalin projects reach the final of the competition for the development of ecotourism

Sakhalin projects reach the final of the competition for the development of ecotourism
Photo: sakhalin.gov.ru

The Sakhalin projects "Laguna Busse" and "Southern Kuriles" claim to be in the TOP-10 of the best tourist and recreational clusters in Russia. Only 34 sights out of 200 received applications made it to the final, two of them from Sakhalin. The results will be summed up on October 16.

According to the press service of the regional government, the plans for the development of clusters were discussed at the meeting by Governor Valery Limarenko and Deputy General Director of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Olga Zakharova. ASI is holding an all-Russian competition to identify pilot territories for the development of ecotourism and the creation of tourist and recreational clusters in specially protected natural areas.

Next year on the territory of "Busse Lagoon" it is planned to build seasonal sea berths, equip the territory of the natural park and the coastal territory of the Okhotsk village. In the South Kuriles, next year they want to improve the thermal springs near the Mendeleev volcano, lay hiking trails and navigation on the Golovnin volcano, Cape Stolbchaty and on the Andreevsky cordon.

Private investors are going to build modern complexes for tourists and equip food outlets with fresh seafood. Already seven investors are ready to invest 2,5 billion rubles in the development of island clusters.

As Valery Limarenko noted, the creation of clusters will allow not only to preserve the unique nature, but also to develop infrastructure in the South Kuriles and in the Busse lagoon, attracting private investment.

Olga Zakharova noted the high attraction for tourists of such unexplored places as the Far East and the Sakhalin Region. According to her, tourist and recreational clusters provide an impetus for the development of SMEs and the creation of the necessary infrastructure in specially protected natural areas.

According to preliminary estimates, the implementation of two strategic projects will create more than one thousand jobs for local residents, as well as increase the gross regional product by 46 billion rubles and attract about seven billion rubles in tax revenues to the regional budget.

In mid-September, Sakhalin Region presented in Moscow the concept of development of two tourist clusters.

The cluster "Laguna Busse" includes about 10 points of display included in popular tourist routes: Capes Velikan, Ptichiy, Eustafia, the village of Novikovo and Aniva lighthouse, Mount Kruzenshtern, Aniva and Mordvinova bays, the village of Okhotskoye, the city of Korsakov, the Pushisty airfield , Chaika Bay and Cape Trudny, Ozerskoye village and Vavayskie lakes. The territory has the potential to improve the quality of the tourism product and suitable conditions for business development.

The second cluster - "South Kuriles" covers the territory of the islands of Shikotan, Kunashir and Iturup. It includes 5 monuments of regional importance - Mendeleev volcano, lagoon-lake relic forest and others, Kurilskiy reserve, as well as the federal natural biological reserve Malye Kuriles. There are more than 20 tourist routes, an abundance of thermal springs, places for fishing and extreme tourism, there is an opportunity to develop mini-cruises and boat trips.

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