Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 4

The Northern Ladoga region as a prospective tourist destination in the Russian-Finnish borderland: Historical, cultural, ecological and economic aspects

Svetlana V. Stepanova

Geographia Polonica (2019) vol. 92, iss. 4, pp. 409-428 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0156

Abstract

The work reported here has examined the transformation of the Northern Ladoga region (a natural and historicalregion in the Russian-Finnish borderland) from ‘closed’ border area into a prospective tourist destination in the face of changes taking place in the 1990s. Three periods to the development of tourism in the region are identified, while the article goes on to explore general trends and features characterising the developmentof a tourist destination, with the focus on tourist infrastructure, the developing types of tourism and tourism-oriented projects. Measures to further stimulate tourism as an economic activity of the region are suggested.

Keywords: tourism development, the Northern Ladoga region, tourist destination, Russian-Finnish borderland, Republic of Karelia, political and socio-economic changes

Svetlana V. Stepanova [svkorka@mail.ru], Institute of Economics Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences 50 A. Nevskogo st., Petrozavodsk 185030, Republic of Karelia: Russia