Kaliningrad – September, 20. INTERFAX NORTHWEST – The construction of hotels of Kaliningrad Oblast (region) for the FIFA World Cup 2018 is expected to have been completed by the end of 2017, the governor’s press office reported.
“From an accommodation perspective, considering the operating hotels and construction projects, we fully meet the requirements of FIFA. We have a challenge to complete the construction of the hotels in time as well as provide adequate accommodation to our guests. We will be aiming resolve all any issues promptly and hold meetings with our investors on a regular basis”, the press office quotes interim Deputy Prime Minister of Kaliningrad Oblast Alexander Rolbinov as saying.
At present, five new hotels are being built in Kaliningrad and Gvardeysky District.
At the meeting, the investors reported on progress against the construction schedule. According to them, completion of the main works and the test run is scheduled for December, 2017. However, there’s an issue of connecting new facilities to the utilities and electricity in a timely manner. Alexander Rolbinov delegated the task of coordinating interaction between utilty and electricity distribution companies and investors to the Department of Infrastructure and Municipal Development of Kaliningrad.
For the FIFA World Cup 2018, the multipurpose Lastadiye hotel (4 stars), Kristall House apartment hotel (5 stars), Domina hotel (4 stars), Mercure hotel (4 stars, run by Accor Hotels), Langendorf hotel (4 stars) will be constructed in Kaliningrad Oblast.
During matches of the Group Stage, the hotels of the region are required to have 6,139 rooms available to house all participants and guests of the championship. At present, the total pool of rooms in Kaliningrad Oblast is 8,477.
The city of Kaliningrad has reportedly been selected among 11 Russian cities to host 2018 World Cup matches. The main stadium will be constructed on the Oktyabrsky island in the city’s downtown area and will accommodate 35,000 spectators.