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Kiiminkijoki Nature Travel Network
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006

Objective of the project

The project was to implement a basic and market study of the planned fishing-travel network to assess the current state of fishing destinations on the Kiiminkijoki River along with the weaknesses, strengths and opportunities in terms of the Russian market. A further intention was to commit the tourism entrepreneurs to a multi-year fishing tourism project that would cross regional borders and have Russia as its main marketing focus.

Main activities

• Conducting a market study to assess the nature travel market mainly in Russia, in particular in the St. Petersburg and Karelia regions • Creating contacts with potential partners for cooperation, • Assessing of tourism entrepreneurs in Finland that offer services to Russia • Creation and marketing of nature experience programme products; creating a mutual brochure template in both Finnish and Russian; renewing the website (www.kiiminkijoki.fi) and translating it into Russian • Arranging a trial group visit to Kiiminkijoki River.


The project was completed as planned. Tourism companies along the Kiiminkijoki River and its nearby areas, Kainuu and Simojoki, participated in the project. The market study included assessing the nature travel market mainly in Russia in particular in the St. Petersburg and Karelia regions, and creating contacts with potential partners for cooperation. The same type of assessment work was completed on the Finnish side of the border regarding tourism entrepreneurs that offer services to Russia. New marketing channels for both Russian and Finnish fishing travellers were created during the project. An operational network linking entrepreneurs and other tourism counterparts was created during the project. The project contributed to the strengthening of the independent local-area cooperation between network participants. The operational prerequisites for fishing tourism have improved in the area due to better contact being maintained and through practical cooperation. Constant feedback from visitors is received through the website regarding, for example, the water quality, fish stocks, and services. Kiiminkijoki ry charges its members a membership fee, which is used to cover shared marketing expenses when no projects are underway. During the project, nature experience programme products were created and marketed; a brochure template that enabled collective marketing for Kiiminkijoki entrepreneurs was created; brochures were made in both Finnish and Russian; the www.kiiminkijoki.fi website was updated; additional internet visibility was obtained; and a website for Kiiminkijoki river was created in Russian. Through the project, the Oulu region and Kiiminkijoki River were also included in the foreign-language Finnish Tourist Board ‘Fishing in Finland’ brochures. A weeklong trial group visit to Kiiminkijoki River by Russian tourists was also completed during the project. The feedback from the guests was mainly positive. The trial visit resulted in a quotation request, and some travel destinations were also included in Intourist Petrozavodsk’s marketing efforts. However, the number of Russian tourists visiting the area following the project has not been monitored. A plan for a shared regional fishing tourism project was developed collaboratively during the project.

Basic information


Kiiminkijoki Nature Travel Network


2004-07-01 - 2005-02-28

Total Budget / Programme funding

41 752 € / 29 226 €

Lead partner

Kiiminkijoki ry
Lead partner web-site


Intourist Petrozavodsk Ltd.
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