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Riga Radio and TV Tower hopes to be visited by 200,000 tourists annually


The state-owned joint-stock company "Latvijas Valsts radio un televizijas centrs" (LVRTC) hopes to attract LVL 7 million from European Union funds during the next financial period in order to reconstruct the Riga Radio and TV Tower, "Dienas Bizness" writes today.

Radio and TV Tower reconstruction plan, which also deals with bringing order to the area adjacent to the tower, has already been drawn up, and LVRTC hopes that the project will be approved.

The TV Tower in Zakusala can become a significant tourist attraction, says LVRTC board chairman Janis Bokta, informing that the plan has been drawn up by architects Andis Blums and Andis Kalnins. So far, couple thousand lats has been invested in the project.

At the moment, some 4,000 to 5,000 people visit the Radio and TV Tower every year, but after the tower is reconstructed, the number of visitors could reach 100,000 to 200,000 annually, said Bokta, noting Estonia's positive example.

According to "Dienas Bizness", Tallinn's TV Tower was visited by 240,000 people in the first nine months after reconstruction. The tower was closed for reconstruction in 2007 and reopened last April. Almost EUR 7 million from EU funds was invested in the project.

LVRTC hopes to make use of the same funding mechanism, and the total amount necessary for reconstruction of the tower is estimated at LVL 7 million, of which LVRTC could provide approximately 20 percent or LVL 1.4 million.