Rēzekne to build €9m spa hotel

A 100-room spa hotel will be unveiled within a few years in Rēzekne after investment from municipal, EU and private funds, reported Latvian Radio on June 20.

The hotel will be located at the Kovšu lake near Rēzekne, a town of some 30,000 people which is often called the 'capital of Latgale'.

It will be part of a tourism cluster that aims to increase the number of winter guests staying at the town. 

"Building a 100-room hotel and spa is but a part of our concept for developing tourism in our town. The next part is creating a tourism cluster, uniting all tourism companies under a single organization, possibly the 'Ezerzeme' association," said Rēzekne mayor Aleksandrs Bartaševičs.

He stressed that the hotel will also provide rental space for companies, a move aimed to cut the unemployment rate in the city. It currently stands above 20%.

The costs are expected to be above €9m, with a third covered by EU funds, a further €3m invested by the municipality and another €3m by a private investor.

Rēzekne is also home to the stunning Gors concert hall unveiled in 2013.

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