Holding a stage of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) in Crimea (southern Ukraine) will popularize and actively promote Crimean tourist products on the international market, Deputy Chairman of the Crimean Council of Ministers Heorhiy Psariov said, while presenting Crimea's tourist opportunities in Monte Carlo, UKRINFORM reported with reference to the Resort and Information Center of Crimea.

"The priority objective of Crimea is to become one of the leading international resorts. I believe that holding a stage of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge will be another important step in this direction," he said.

While presenting in Monaco the tourist potential of the Crimean peninsula, Psariov said that Crimea was famous for its medical resources, unique deposits of curative mud and mineral waters, beaches, world-famous historical and archeological sites, nature reserves and natural monuments. According to him, there are all prerequisites for the development of cultural tourism in Crimea, because the peninsula is inhabited by representatives of over 100 nationalities and ethnic groups.

Among the promising areas, he also noted hiking, mountaineering, jeep safaris, ballooning, etc. The advantageous geographical location of Crimea can actively develop marine and auto tourism, he added.

For the first time, Prime Yalta Rally annually held on roads near Yalta, as well as on Mount Ai-Petri, has been included in the calendar of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).

In order to determine a country that will host an IRC stage, a special commission inspected roads in Turkey, Spain, Italy and Ukraine.

On December 5-7, 2010, the commission inspected roads near Yalta and concluded that the track is suitable for holding international races. The IRC stage in Crimea will start on June 2, 2011. The event will be broadcast by international sports channel Eurosport.

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