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Kozak dismissed Stepashin estimate, saying that it will cost least 10 times less. spectators and organizers say Krasnaya Polyana is a potential magnet for tourists. But industry experts are cautious about its long term prospects.
The Olympics brought in billions in investment and international attention to Sochi while rattling trucks and cement mixers have rumbled through the area day and night for more than five years. In this time, Krasnaya Polyana, a small mountain village, has been transformed into a Swiss style ski resort with brand new lifts and international hotels.
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Plans for how to use the venues are changing all the time. Organizers were originally thinking about converting the Iceberg arena into a cycling track. of the venues can be taken apart and moved to other cities.
Russian fans at the Olympic Park this weekend were optimistic about Sochi future, but all of them complained about prices, saying they are too high compared to other eastern or central European destinations.
leader Josef Stalin had a Dacha here and President Vladimir Putin has a holiday home in the area, but lack of investment meant the town was gradually crumbling.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) As the Olympic circus packs up and flies away from Russia, the Black Sea city of Sochi is looking anxiously toward the future.
happened here, this transformation really is amazing, and now it will be important to secure the legacy of these games, Bach said.
were in the mountain cluster yesterday and we were pleasantly surprised: It looks like a European ski resort, said Irina Mislivets from Togliatti. would love to come back. the Black Sea north of Georgia, Sochi was a tired seaside resort tailored exclusively for Russians who either could not afford to vacation abroad or were reluctant to leave the country.
Ordinary Russians were also impressed.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are leaving impressed by the shiny stadiums and hotels, smooth highways and new trains that have transformed a jaded Soviet era resort into a modern tourist destination.
Sochi has a future IOC President Thomas Bach said on Sunday. He listed all the international events that Sochi will be hosting in coming months the G8 summit, a Formula One race and World Cup matches in 2018 and expressed hope that Sochi legacy will live on.
Sochi mountains will definitely see an increase in Converse Chuck Taylor Ii White visitors in the coming year because of the Olympic publicity, says Vladimir Kantorovich, first vice president of the Russian Association of Tour Operators, but its future will only be clear once the first full season is over.
Belokobylsky of Rosa Khutor recalls praise and admiration he has heard from foreign officials and journalists in the past weeks, but says that getting them to come back here will be difficult.
Unlike most European resorts, Sochi is hard to get to. There are few direct flights to Europe from Sochi, and airport fees at the Sochi Adler airport are too high for low cost airlines to fly here. And Europeans need to apply for a visa if they want to come to Russia.
slopes which are good for sports are not necessarily always good for recreation. You need to go to find out yourself, he said. things will go afterwards will depend on prices and conditions. built 14 venues for the games with total capacity of 145,000 people.
industry experts, however, don hold out much hope for Sochi as an international destination despite the breath taking mountains and new hotels.
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see that Sochi has changed for the better, Mikhail Savrasov from Latvia, said. hope the prices will go down. resorts in the area reported strong sales in December and January before they were closed for the Olympics, and they say they will adjust prices once life in Sochi gets back to normal.
can travel to most places in the world visa free: Why would they want to come here if they need to get a visa? asks Kantorovich.
certain price adjustment will definitely come, Belokobylsky said: we see that our prices are too high and we don get visitors we will adjust. and the travel Converse Usa Flag Shoes
what we seen so far the interest is huge, said Alexander Belokobylsky, director of Rosa Khutor resort up in Krasnaya Polyana. The company is now looking forward to the next season to see how well they can do when the games are over.
The Audit Chamber, the government auditing agency, raised concerns about the future of the Olympic venues. Chairman Sergei Stepashin quoted expert estimates that maintaining the venues would cost Russia at least 60 billion rubles a year ($2 billion).
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