MOSCOW, March 28 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian government will make proposals over creating a tourism recreation special economic zone in the Adler district of Sochi and assigning a management company for this special economic zone. This Russian presidential instruction was submitted to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who was appointed in charge of fulfilling this instruction.
The fulfilment of Medvedev’s instruction should take into account the goals for further use of facilities and a relevant infrastructure, which are under construction for the 22nd Winter Olympics and the 11th Winter Paralympics in 2014.
Governor of the Krasnodar Territory Alexander Tkachev has put forward an initiative to create a tourism recreation special economic zone in Sochi at a meeting devoted to tourism development in the country on March 12. “As for the heritage after the Olympics, this certainly concerns us today, because enormous resources are invested in the construction of sport facilities. Today due to the high speed of construction the price is growing and certainly we support the initiative to create free economic zones,” Tkachev said.
“Many sites are being built for the Olympics and at least a year or 18 months are needed for these post-Olympic standards to be used. Therefore, I believe it expedient to create a special economic zone in the Adler district of Sochi,” he elaborated.
Tkachev offered to assign the Resorts of the North Caucasus joint stock company as a common managing company for sport facilities, which are being built within the borderlines of a future special economic zone.
Chairman of the Resorts of the North Caucasus Board of Directors and senator Akhmed Bilalov stated that the regime of the special economic zone in Krasnaya Polyana is considered to be justified and expedient. “Meanwhile, it is not important who will own facilities, which are under construction for the Olympics. It is important to integrate them in the resort cluster of the North Caucasus,” he said. Otherwise, Bilalov believes that the idea of tourism in the region “will not be fully realized.”
“When we began to build the infrastructure for the Olympics, we did not think what will be its future after the Olympics. The decision to build resorts throughout the Caucasus was taken later. It is obvious that the resorts competing with each other are not needed to consumers. It is logical that all construction sites should be developed synchronically, on common terms and in equal economic conditions,” the senator underlined.