Russia works on Baikal Lake tourism zones

Work on special economic zones for tourism and recreation begins on Russia’s Baikal Lake. Representatives from the Federal Agency for Special Economic Zones Management, led by its deputy head Andrei Alpatov, arrive in Irkutsk on Wednesday to inspect territories and solve organizational issues, sources from the tourism agency at the local administration told Tass.

Two zones will be created in Baikal: near the settlement of Listvyanka in the Irkutsk region and near the heath resort of Goryachinsk, 150 kilometers north of Ulan-Ude, in the Republic of Buryatia. As for the first zone, priority will be given to business and scientific tourism, while the second zone will concentrate on sports and recreation.

The Irkutsk region budget has allocated this year the first 190 million roubles for infrastructure facilities. In particular, 130 million roubles will be spent on sewerage systems, 45 million - on project documentation and 15 million roubles - on work to fortify the lakeside.