Narva, Ivangorod join hands to attract tourists

26.01.2012, 13:11

The two border towns, the Estonian town of Narva and the Russian town of Ivangorod on the two sides of Narva river have joined hands to bring its key tourist sights such as its historic castles in order so that they can jointly attract more tourists, writes Eesti Päevaleht daily.

“We want to offer tourists travelling between St Petersburg and Tallinn an opportunity to stay in Narva or Ivangorod for a day or two instead of passing by,” explained Anne Veevo from the development department of Narva City Government.

To finance the project, the city of Narva plans to borrow about 350,000 euros. Among others, the two towns plan to spend about 200,000 euros on advertising their tourist attractions in St. Petersburg.

“The finance ministry has already approved our funding application and the works can now start,” says MP Mikhail Stalnuhhin who signed the funding applications a year ago as chairman of Narva City Council.

The joint project titled Est Rus Fort Tour aims to attract tourists to visit the two castles of Narva and Ivangorod and includes a tourist route.

The total cost of the project is 6.9 million euros and is scheduled to be largely funded from the European Union cross-border programme.