Forbes names Nornickel’s tourism projects world’s most ambitious ones

Forbes names Nornickel’s tourism projects world’s most ambitious ones

September 30, 2021

They are the tourist cluster Valla Tunturi in the Murmansk region and Zatundra in the Taimyr peninsula.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Forbes magazine has published a list of the most ambitious travel projects in the world. Among the non-standard proposals that the world hospitality industry is preparing for travelers, Vladimir Potanin’s projects are named.

The publication tells readers about an unusual artificial island in Japan and an oasis-like eco-hotel in Chile, a romantic hotel for couples in a submarine from a British company and a space hotel. Adventure lovers are also advised by Forbes to wait until the Valla Tunturi tourism cluster on the Rybachye and Sredny peninsulas in the Murmansk region, being created by Nornickel, is brought to life.

“The resort is expected to provide 2,500 jobs and attract 1.5 million tourists a year”, writes Forbes.

The active phase of the project will begin in 2023. The cluster will include two tourist villages, a hotel complex in the village of Staraya Titovka, eight glamping sites, a network of tourist routes and landscaped paths to waterfalls, runways for small aircraft, highways, engineering infrastructure networks.

This is the most expensive tourist project in the Murmansk region. It is planned that the tourism development will help diversify the economy of the urban-type village of Nikel, where an outdated smelting plant was closed in December 2020.

Forbes calls the trip to the northernmost point of continental Europe a challenge for brave travelers, including because of the unpredictable weather, when the frosts in winter reach minus 60 degrees. We are talking about the Zatundra project on the Putorana plateau, not far from Norilsk, which is planned to be implemented with the support of Nornickel over the next five years.

Zatundra tourist village

Zatundra will include a tourist village on lake Melkoye and an extensive network of campgrounds and tourist shelters for 600 rooms, as well as hiking and water tourist routes for nature educational and expeditionary tourism.

Travelers will be able to visit the reserve, but the infrastructure itself will be located outside the boundaries of the Putoransky state natural reserve, which will allow preserving the unique ecosystem of this part of the Arctic in its original form.

“The Taimyr peninsula in the Russian Arctic brings adventure seekers face to face with the most fragile ecosystem on the planet”, Forbes writes.

The Three Volcanoes park in Kamchatka also enlisted the support of Vladimir Potanin’s Interros group.

Earlier, we that the Murmansk region, along with other regions of the Silver Necklace of Russia, was taking part in the gastro festival at the Tourism Week in St. Petersburg.

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Text: Victor Tsaryov, Photo: Olga Polyanskaya

September 30, 2021

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