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MOSCOW, January 16 (Itar-Tass) — In line with an instruction of the Russian government, some 67 billion roubles will be invested at the initial stage in the development of those districts of Ingushetia and the Caspian coast of Dagestan that have joined the North Caucasian tourism cluster, the director of the department for special economic zones of the Russian Ministry for Economic Development, Dmitry Levchenkov, said on Monday.
In particular, the Nafta-Moskva company subordinated to business executive Suleiman Kerimov will invest about 40 billion roubles in Dagestan, while the Akropol investment company, controlled by an Ingush senator, will invest 27 billion roubles in the development of two resorts in Ingushetia – 18 billion roubles and nine billion roubles accordingly.
The North Caucasian tourism cluster will broaden into some districts of Ingushetia and the Caspian coast of Dagestan. Also the areas of earlier formed tourism and recreation zones will double, as it was offered by the Ministry for Economic Development.
The formation of tourism and recreation zones in southern Russia is being done under the supervision of the North Caucasian Resorts Company in compliance with government resolution No833 of October 14, 2010, on the creation of a tourism cluster in the North Caucasian Federal District, the Krasnodar territory and the Republic of Adygeya.
The North Caucasus resorts project has envisioned the construction of five world class ski resorts in southern Russia in 2011-2020: Lagonaki (the Krasnodar territory and Adygeya), Arkhyz (Karachay-Cherkessia), Elbrus-Bezengi (Kabardino-Balkaria), Mamison (North Ossetia - Alania), and Matlas (Dagestan).
The length of ski tracks there will make up 900 kilometers; 179 chairlifts will be installed. Hotels of difference levels of comfort will be built to accommodate a total of 89,000 people.
The annual capacity of these resorts will reach 150,500, and each year, the North Caucasus tourism cluster will service five to ten million holiday-makers. The project is funded under the principles of state-private partnership.