The II International specialized exhibition "Karelia the tourist - 2001", organized by the State Committee of the Republic of Karelia on Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism and by the exhibition agency "Euroforum" from November, 15, till November, 17, works in the Palace of creativity of children and youth. The value of the first republican exhibition "Karelia the tourist - 2000" consist, first of all, in the fact that for the first time Karelia has presented tourist potential of the majority of the regions of the republic, which, having evaluated themselves on the general background, sped up their work in the sphere of tourism.
A lot of participants of the Russian and republican level, and also about 50 representatives of educational institutions and tourist companies of distant foreign countries have submitted their applications for participation in the exhibition "Karelia the tourist - 2001". All regions of Karelia have taken part in various presentations and the seminar "Cross-border cooperation. Development of tourism in the Northwest. Development of tourism in the Republic of Karelia". The following organisations were presented: tourist firms of Karelia, the regional and international organizations, and also insurance agencies, Karelian enterprises - manufacturers of the consumer goods, mass media and theatres of Petrozavodsk, public organizations, and publishing houses. About 150 visitors from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Murmansk, Arkhangelsk, Crimea, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Ireland have arrived at the exhibition. In total it is submitted 90 stands. The firms "Lukomorie", "Ostrova" and "Aviaretro-tour" have rendered their support in the organization of advertising and tourist rounds.
One of the most important events of the exhibition was the seminar "Cross-border cooperation. Development of tourism in the Northwest. Development of tourism in the Republic of Karelia" which has started to work long before the solemn opening of the exhibition by the report of the Chairman of the State Committee of the Republic of Karelia on Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism Eugeniy Shorochov. The hall where the seminar took its place was overcrowded, which testifies to the growing interest to the tourism and proves the chosen strategy of its development in the republic. The speakers represented their regions, told about their tourist opportunities, about the role of the inter-regional projects, in particular of the Big SVS TACIS project "Development of frontier tourism in the Russian part of the Barents Euro-Arctic Region: the Republic of Karelia, Murmansk and Archangelsk regions", about global tendencies in tourism and new opportunities of its development, about an investment policy and system of development of hotel complexes and the leading part of the Republic of Karelia in the development of the tourist branch.
The solemn ceremony of opening of the exhibition has taken place in the concert hall of the Palace of creativity of children and youth with participation of the ensemble of dance "Sozvezdie" and theatre of style "Ilotar". It has been opened by the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia, the chairman of organizing committee of the exhibition S.L.Katanandov, visitors and participants have been greeted by the vice-president of the Government of the RK A.A.Kriger, the Chairman of the State Committee of the Republic of Karelia on Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism E.A.Shorochov and the president of the National academy of tourism J.V.Kuznetsov (Saint Petersburg).
Within the first day of the exhibition the Information tourist Center of the Republic of Karelia was demonstrated. It was visited by seven groups, including foreign visitors. the Information tourist Center of the Republic of Karelia was appreciated as the leading Russian Center with potential of servicing at the European level.
The day was finished by the concert of bard songs. This popular genre is the true companion of tourists. Eugeniy Shorochov has opened the concert with the song "It is so great, that all of us have gathered here today". The visitors and participants of the exhibition have heard the songs of Petrozavodsk bard masters Nikolay Dobrynin and Vladimir Silin, winners of the city and republican festivals of the author's songs Natalia Bogdanova and Alexander Viazhevicha. Vladimir Kucherenko, one of the participants of the exhibition, has taken part in the concert. The creative works was represented not simply by bards, but by the people, whose life is directly related to tourism and sports.
November, 15 an exhibition has been visited by about 5000 persons.
November, 16, at 12.00 within the framework of the II International specialized exhibition "Karelia the tourist - 2001" the official presentation of the Information tourist Center of the Republic of Karelia (hereinafter the ITC of the RK) was held. The presentation was opened by the Head of the Government of the Republic of Karelia S.L.Katanandov.
Welcoming the founders and builders of the ITC of the RK, employees of the State Committee of the Republic of Karelia on Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism, representatives of the TACIS project and of the Association of economic cooperation "Northwest", Sergey Katanandov spoke about revival and development of the tourist branch in Karelia, about the increased modern requirements of the clients towards the information tourist system, about necessity of professional operators in the ITC of the RK and about the fact that first of all Karelia to aspires to provide the inhabitants of Russia with tourist services. After demonstration of rooms of the Center and of the version of the Internet portal of the ITC of the RK in the conference room of the Center the problems of perfection of the system of work on preparation and realizations of the international and inter-regional programs in the field of development of tourism, the organization and realization of Sports and Athletics Games of the Northwest of Russia were discussed.