Espoo to lease out Oittaa tenting web site for improvement into high-quality sustainable vacation spot

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The city of Espoo proposes to lease the Oittaa campsite to Jotuca Oy for 25 years. The company’s aim is to develop the campsite into one of the most attractive excursion destinations in the metropolitan region. Espoo believes the project will support the long-term development of the Oittaa recreation area in close proximity to the campground.

Espoo’s goal is to remain the most sustainable city in Europe, which is why it aims to invest in types of travel that promote low-carbon operations.

Jotuca wants to make Oittaa a remarkable glamping site (“glamorous campsite”) and an attractive sustainable tourism destination that will also attract visitors from outside Finland. Glamping is tents with all modern conveniences, set up in nature and combined with quality services in the area.

Camping Oittaa is located at Oittaantie 1. The area for rent is about eight hectares. The area includes a reception building, two maintenance buildings and 29 log cabins. It also has a block sauna and a garbage collection point. Some of the city buildings are in poor condition. The tenant has the right to demolish buildings that are dilapidated or unsuitable for operation.

Focus on low-carbon or zero-carbon options

The Jotuca company plans to build 20 year-round glamping accommodations, the first of which should be operational as soon as possible. The construction project will consist of two phases. As for the existing huts, those in good condition will be used, and the structures of the huts in worse condition will be used in the construction of the glamping tents if their condition allows.

Some of the caravan pitches will be converted and a wooden terrace will be built over them. In summer there will be bell tents with double beds and electrical connections inside on the terrace.

The company strives to reuse and recycle as much of the existing materials as possible. It will implement solutions that are as low-emission or even climate-neutral as possible, which is also in line with the city’s goals.

Over the next five years, Jotuca plans to build a maintenance and hotel building, as well as party, recreation and restaurant facilities to complement its other operations. The aim is to create a tourism center close to nature, which the metropolitan region currently lacks.

The company has already gained experience with a similar project: the development of the Salmi outdoor area in Vihti. The company is also responsible for the commercial operations, customer service and outdoor guidance of the Haltia Nature Center in Nuuksio, Espoo.

Oittaa has 100,000 visitors each year

The Oittaa recreation area by Lake Bodom attracts 100,000 visitors each year and offers year-round activities. From early winter to late spring, visitors have access to varied ski slopes. In summer they can swim, bike, roller ski and play disc golf. The Angry Birds playground is particularly popular with families with children. The area also includes cafe and restaurant services as well as rentable venues.

Both Oittaa and the nearby Nuuksio National Park have great potential for nature-based tourism.

Camping Oittaa has not been actively used since 2019.

Espoo was looking for a new operator for the campsite in autumn 2021 in a registration and negotiation process. The city received a total of eight applications, among which Jotuca came closest to meeting the set criteria.

The Espoo City Council’s Economy and Competitiveness Subcommittee will discuss the issue of renting the campsite at its meeting on Monday 28th March.

Source: Espoo City