In order to increase of efficiency of the tourist complex in 2010 involvement of unappropriated investments for development of modern tourism infrastructure in Karelia was stated as one of the basic lines of development .
The situation in the branch last year has become more complicated in view of reduction of tourist traffic (on the universal scale) as a result of influence of the crisis, as well as intensification of competition between regions of Russia in the Russian and international markets of tourist services.
Fundamental efforts of the Government of the Republic of Karelia concerning support of development of tourism infrastructure in the region were focused on implementation of results of development of the Master Plan of Location of Objects and Tourist Infrastructure in the Republic of Karelia which is the most important element of the territorial planning scheme of the republic.
Construction of a 'green site' with an excursion route to the island of Pellotsari in Sortavala metropolitan region for which detailed planning diagrams were developed within the framework of the Master Plan is completed. Last year passengers of 18 cruise boats bounding for Valaam were received and served at the island.
To include Karelia in the federal target program of Development of domestic and inbound tourism in the Russian Federation (2011-2016) an application on five objects of tourism infrastructure was sent to the Ministry for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation.
Despite of complex conditions, in the republic there have been completed, continued and launched more than 60 investment projects in the sphere of tourism with 480 million roubles of total volume of unappropriated investments.
Among regions of the republic the top positions in development of tourism infrastructure last year belonged to Sortavala metropolitan region where 11 investment projects amounting to 64,6 million roubles of investments were under implementation at different stages, and Pryazha metropolitan region (22 investment projects, 49,4 million roubles of investments).
Onego Castle and Onego Palace (partially) hotel complexes were put into operation in Petrozavodsk.
As a result of implementation of investment projects in the sphere of tourism in 2010 it has been created more than 200 additional workplaces.
Participation in the largest tourist exhibitions remains one of the mechanisms of the state support of tourism development. The republic has taken part in a number of international and regional tourist exhibitions and fairs (Moscow, St.-Petersburg, Berlin, Vologda). Practice of purchasing uniform stands of the Republic of Karelia with areas exceeding 40 m2 at the major tourist exhibitions MATKA (Helsinki, January) and INTOURMARKET (Moscow, March) from resources of the regional target program of tourism development continued.
With a view of strengthening the role of the Northwest of Russia in the sphere of tourism, increase of investment prospects of the tourist industry of frontier regions of Russia, exchange of experience in the sphere of international cooperation and implementation of international projects the Government of the Republic of Karelia together with Russian and international organizations at the support of the Ministry for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation has held the international tourist forum Karelia — 2010. Tourism and Modernization of the Economy of Russia.
Within the scope of the Forum there have been held a workshop conference, a traditional exhibition Touristic Karelia, business activities for investors. Success of this event has formed the basis for decision-making on granting the Forum a status of a traditional activity.
An important event in the sphere of legislative regulation of tourism development of at a level of the Russian Federation became adoption of the Federal law 296-FZ of November 15, 2010 On Amendments to the Article 26.3. of the Federal Law On General Principles of the Organization of Legislative (Representative) and Executive Bodies of the Government of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation providing consideration of tourism providing as one of the issues of joint responsibility of federal and regional bodies of the government.
As a result of the efforts undertaken to overcome the crisis phenomena in the sphere of tourism it has become possible to stop development of negative tendencies that led reduction of the tourist traffic, and to settle the situation in the branch.