Savonlinna, a traditionally popular destination for visitors, was founded 375 years ago on the islands of Saimaa near Olavinlinna castle. Its location on the borders of the East and West with its outstanding lakefronts and scenery attract over 300,000 tourists to the region every year. The Savonlinna Opera Festival, which has been held for over 100 years, gathers more than 70,000 spectators every July. National parks and adjoining lake areas offer abundant opportunities for outdoor activities and nature watching. Tourism is growing in volume and Savonlinna’s strategic approach to internationalization as a tourism destination is already bearing fruit in the form of increased cooperation with international tour operators. Several unique locations stand ready for international tourism investment.