SPIEF 2019 to Present Kronstadt Tourism and Recreation Cluster Project
The panel session ‘Key Principles for Establishing Tourist and Recreational Zones’ of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is to present a draft project of tourism and recreation cluster in the city of Kronstadt with the participation of representatives of ANO Ostrov Fortov, government agencies, business, and foreign investors. The session will also consider state support measures for the promotion of tourist zones and the development of territories, the establishment of new models for managing tourism infrastructure and cultural heritage, as well as attracting foreign investors. Kronstadt, Moscow, Curonian Spit, Altai, Krasnodar Territory, Primorye Territory will share their best practices. The session will be held with the support of the Roscongress Foundation.
Economic Observer of Russia 24 TV Channel Nikolay Korzhenevsky will moderate the meeting. Speakers at this panel session will include Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Olga Golodets, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Tatiana Shevtsova, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Zarina Doguzova, a member of the State Duma Mikhail Degtyarev, Governor of Kaliningrad Region Anton Alikhanov, Acting Head and Prime Minister of the Republic of Altai Oleg Khorokhordin, Governor of Novgorod Region Andrei Nikitin, Governor of Primorye Territory Oleg Kozhemyako, Vice President, Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) of Booking.com B.V. Andrea D'Amico and Advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Board of AO Gazprombank, a member of the task group on the development of Kronstadt Ksenia Shoigu.
“Tourism and recreation cluster ‘Kronstadt. Forts Island’ is a unique Russian project. We carefully studied the world’s best practices in setting up military history centres and memorials. Kronstadt is the cradle of the Russian fleet with its forbidding forts and warships as if literally was created to become a tourist spotlight,” says Advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Board of AO Gazprombank, a member of the task group on the development of Kronstadt Ksenia Shoigu.
Tourism and recreation cluster ‘Kronstadt. Forts Island’ is the flagship project to be presented at the St. Petersburg stand at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Kronstadt is perceived as the world's largest island museum dedicated to Naval history. Tourist routes dedicated to the great battles and commanders, ships and marine officers will run through the historic park. The Russian Geographical Society will contribute to a trail dedicated to important geographical discoveries. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to include the project in the Federal Targeted Programme ‘Developing Domestic and Inbound Tourism in Russia’. Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation endorses this programme in restoring federal cultural heritage sites such as Peter I Fort, Fort Alexander, and Kronslot, mooring berth in the coastal harbour. At that, private investments will finance the bulk of the project.
An exclusive cruise line will open on 3 June. “We have restored the historic route and are working on a pilot raid of ice-class river yachts, including sightseeing and show program dedicated to setting up a naval base on Kotlin Island. At present, we are preparing to hold several events in St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. To this effect, in June the Butterfly will take passengers on a cruise from the Makarov Embankment to Kronstadt through the Kronstadt main ship channel around the Fort Alexander, Fort Kronslot and back. I am confident that this cruise will be a highlight of the SPIEF 2019 Culture Programme. We look forward to welcoming all Forum guests and participants to the cruise,” commented Vyacheslav Krylov, General Director of ANO Ostrov Fortov.
There will be two cruises per day, the basic non-stop cruise and an alternative cruise disembarking passengers on the Summer Pier in Kronstadt. The central boarding pier will be located on the Makarov embankment in St. Petersburg.
Acting on an instruction of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Government of St. Petersburg and the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation established ANO Ostrov Fortov. The organization is to set up the city of Military Glory and UNESCO World Heritage, a new tourist centre in Kronstadt. The historic park covering the area of 80 hectares will include a museum, educational and tourist sections.