Perelik - The Next Mountain Spot in BulgariaРубрика: Tourism Източник: On August 29, Smolyan municipal councillors voted on, and approved, the establishment of a mixed company between STC Perelik AD and the municipality, which is expected to give its share of land to the new enterprise.
The construction works under Perelik are planned to start in the autumn of 2007 and will take about six years. The councillors said only ski runs and lifts would be constructed, not huge concrete buildings and heavy infrastructure. Only four restaurants are planned, which is, however, hardly possible when setting up tourism infrastructure of such a size. The project is estimated at more than 300 million euro.
The sports complex is planned to be spread over the villages of Stoikite, Gela, Solishta, Stikul and Mugla. Gela and Mugla are traditional Bulgarian Rhodopi villages that have thousands of visitors during the annual fairs and are famous for gifted folk singers and unspoilt nature.
The idea for the Perelik complex was an old one, the Smolyan municipal councilors said. The realisation of the project was now in the hands of the Smolyan businessman Kiril Assenov, who was the first blinds producer in Bulgaria and is one of the biggest entrepreneurs in the Rhodopi region.
The Perelik project received an Investor First Class certificate from the state. An airport near Smolyan and a 100km three-lane road from Plovdiv are planned for construction, with state participation. According to Assenov, the profits could reach 300 million leva a year.
The part of the project near Gela village is planned to envelop about 40 hectares (0.4 sq km), including the area near Shilestata Chuka peak (2188m).
Smolyan municipal councillors also approved a project contract with a second investor in the Perelik project – Gela Engineering (GE). The second agreement applies only to the construction in the Gela village area, for which a company between the municipality and the investor will be created.
The Perelik project is intended to be completed in the period 2012-2014.