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The network of hotels of European level is being created in Karelia

PETROZAVODSK, June 9. NA Rosbalt. Creation of a hotel infrastructure of the European level was launched in Karelia. As Rosbalt correspondent tells, it was declared on Monday on presentation of the first tourist holding of the republic - the administrating company the have received the name of Karelia Tourist Holding.

According to the general director of the company Vyacheslav Smorodin, the holding includes the hotel Karelia, sanatorium Kivatch and preventorium Parus which control packet of shares has been purchased by Karelnerud joint-stock company supervised by Mr.Smorodin. This year reconstruction of hotel Karelia as a result of which it is planned to update completely the room fund of the hotel has already begun, proviing the opportunity to approach the European standards. In this hotel for the first time in Karelia the "buffet" meal system will be organized. Next year the same reconstruction should be expected in Kivatch. On the wordsof Mr.Smorodin, volume of prospective financial investments in Karelia and sanatorium Kivatch is estimated accordingly as $1,5-2 and $2,5-3 million.

Besides Karelnerud plans to purchase hotel Severnaya this year and the hotel complex Belye Klyuchi which also will enter the new holding. Complete reconstruction will be accomplished there, too, according to eurostandards. However, Mr.Smorodin has named construction of new initially projected a 'star' class hotel Petrozavodsk as the main task. Besides the holding is going to be engaged in organization of tourist flows. With this purpose reconstruction of not only hotels, but also objects of tourist interest, in particular Kivatch waterfalls and Marcial Waters Spa is planned.

On words of Mr.Smorodin, administration of the holding expects attraction of basically Russian tourists and consequently does not plan substantial growth of cost of residing in hotels.

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