The agreement with investors was signed by the Norilsk Development Agency (NDA) and the regional Business Development Agency (BDA) last autumn.
Under the terms of the agreement, 17 investors of Taimyr, Norilsk and Moscow committed themselves to expanding and modernizing the camp sites on the Lama and Sobachye lakes (for divers as well), developing helicopter and tracking routes, building and modernizing hotels in Norilsk and Dudinka, organizing tent camps, camping and glamping on the Putorana plateau. Now 16 new small and medium-sized enterprises of Norilsk, Dudinka and Khatanga – the representatives of the hotel business, transportation companies, guides, researchers of Taimyr – have joined the agreement.
“The updated version contains 33 participants. They will be able to use the services of the BDA cluster development center: from concessional financing and developing business plans to providing experts, conducting market research and co-financing project information campaigns at a ratio of 5% – participant costs, 95% – BDA funds,” the Norilsk Development Agency’s press service reports.
The new participants will organize bike tours in the territories of the Arctic tourist-recreational cluster, produce souvenir and printed products, create new places of accommodation and design excursion routes.
“The contributors’ range expansion tells about the business’s great interest in the issue of developing tourism opportunities for the cluster,” said Anastasia Korol, the head of the Business Environment Development sector of the NDA. – It is important for us to attract different investors who are ready to work both on the modernization of infrastructure, and on the improvement and diversity of tourist routes and programs. The global difficult situation caused by the coronavirus infection spread has certainly complicated many processes in the tourism industry, and not only here. But on the other hand, this is a good opportunity to develop the domestic tourism”.
More than 5 billion rubles are needed to create a full-fledged infrastructure for the Arctic cluster. Despite the fact that the concept requires serious investments, the authors consider it promising: as practice shows, travelers want to visit Taimyr.
Text: Olga Polyanskaya