Visit to the Republic of Karelia

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

At the beginning of September TOURAGE lead partner travelled to Petrozavodsk in the Republic of Karelia to meet regional decision makers and actors in tourism business. The aim was to discuss the results of TOURAGE project, map cooperation possibilities and network. During these visit, TOURAGE project representatives had a meeting with Karelia ENPI CBC programme in the Petrozavodsk Branch Office. The Karelia ENPI CBC Programme is a cross-border cooperation programme between the regions of Kainuu, Oulu and North Karelia in Finland and the Republic of Karelia in Russia. The programme has financed several projects under the theme of tourism cooperation. Another meeting was arranged with the State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Karelia.

It was clear that both quarters are interested in the possibilities offered by senior tourism as a theme is also very suitable cross-border tourism development. In addition, TOURAGE met the representatives of Kizhi State Open-Air Museum who told about the museums activities, its services and visitors. Many senior tourists visit the Kizhi State Open-Air Museum because of its history and beautiful architecture. The museum has a lot of potential for senior tourism development. After the meeting TOURAGE representatives were taken to a tour around the Kizhi Island where they heard more about the history and traditions connected to the place.

The visit in Petrozavodsk and Kizhi Island shows that the Republic of Karelia has a lot to offer for senior tourists. The region has beautiful nature, cultural activities and historical sights. TOURAGE good practices and the results of the senior surveys were disseminated. Hopefully they will be widely used when developing cross-border tourism between North Karelia and Republic of Karelia.