Relaxing and getting paid for it sounds so tempting that it's hard to believe. Nevertheless, this is true, albeit with many nuances and reservations. The state is really ready to pay extra for tourists who spend their holidays in Russia. The program has already been developed and is planned to be launched in August.
This is what Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Wednesday, July 22, speaking in the State Duma:
- The government has decided to allocate an additional 15 billion rubles for the development of domestic tourism. This money will be used to partially reimburse the expenses of people who decide to have a rest in the Russian regions by the end of this year. Their list has already been compiled by Rostourism.
Actually, this is the first time when they decided to give money to tourists. And it is in real money, not discounts or deductions. So far, all support measures for the tourism industry have been addressed to tour operators, hoteliers, airlines, specific regions or projects. Which, of course, is also important. But when the money is given to you personally, this is still a more convincing argument.
How to get cashback for trips in Russia? When? Who is it for? Rostourism has not yet officially announced all the details. The Association of Tour Operators of Russia told about what is known at the moment.
Presumably - in August, that is, very soon. And it will be valid for tours from August 15 to December 20, 2020. That is, if you have already managed to fly to Sochi or Suzdal, or bought tickets for the velvet season, alas, you will not be able to participate. Rosturizm expects to subsidize 2 million trips.
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The magazine about domestic and inbound tourism "Rest in Russia" together with the Center for Information Communications "Rating" conducted the sixth annual study devoted to the development of tourism, the tourist attractiveness of Russian regions, their tourism potential and popularity among domestic and foreign tourists ...
This year has become difficult, and according to most rating experts, catastrophic for the tourism and hotel industry in Russia. She was included in the list of those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Obviously, Russia is not the only one to face such problems. According to the calculations of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the impact from COVID-19 will be the worst in the history of tourism: the indicators of the tourism industry around the world by the end of 2020 will decrease by 60-80% compared to 2019. International tourist flows during the current crisis decreased 7.5 times more than under the influence of the most powerful recession in 2008.
According to the Federal Tourism Agency, recently announced by its head Zarina Doguzova, the drop in outbound and inbound tourism will reach 80-85%. If you look at the turnover of the entire tourism industry, then this year the amount will decrease by 60%, from 3.7 trillion (in 2019) to 1.6 trillion rubles. At the same time, the domestic tourist flow should be at least 60% of last year.
According to Rosstat, the income of collective accommodation facilities (hotels, hotels and others) for 9 months of 2020 amounted to 269 billion rubles, or 60% of the indicators of January-September last year (445 billion rubles). The revenues of health resort organizations for 9 months of 2020 amounted to 69 billion rubles, which is 65% of the indicators for the same period last year (105 billion rubles).
The number of citizens, according to the statistics department, accommodated in all Russian hotels for 9 months of this year amounted to 28.2 million people, against 46.5 million in the same period last year (about 61%). Over the same period, foreign citizens were accommodated 2.3 million people, and last year - 7.7 million, that is, the drop was 70%.
Measures of state support for enterprises in the industry, in the opinion of most experts in the rating, turned out to be insignificant, although very much in demand. At the same time, not all organizations were able to use them according to formal criteria: non-compliance with OKVED, requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises. Also, representatives of the tourist business are afraid not to fulfill the requirements for obtaining a "non-repayable" loan, namely, to retain at least 90% of the number of employees until April 1, 2021. In addition, the further spread of restrictions in a number of cities and regions, an increasing debt load, and claims for repayment of loans, according to hoteliers, may lead to bankruptcy and closure of hotels in the first quarter of next year.
With all the negative consequences of restrictions associated with the spread of coronavirus infection, representatives of the travel community note a number of positive changes taking place in the industry.
Perhaps the most discussed and anticipated event of the next year is the launch of a new national project "Tourism and Hospitality Industry". It is designed for 2021-2030, and the planned budget should be 629 billion rubles.
In September last year, the Strategy for the Development of Tourism in the Russian Federation until 2035 was adopted. It was approved by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The activities and key indicators of this strategy, which Rosturizm has been engaged in for a long time, migrated to the national project. Apparently, the scale of the goals and objectives set in the strategy led the creators of the document to the idea that it would not be possible to do this within the existing structure and powers of Rostourism, as well as the mechanism of budgetary funds allocated by it. After all, the financing of projects, the quality of their implementation, and human resources must grow exponentially.
Therefore, first, in June 2020, Rostourism was removed from the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and became directly subordinate to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko. The activity of the deputy chairman of the government in charge of tourism, his "struggle", even President Vladimir Putin noted at his annual press conference, saying that a separate structure would be created for the development of domestic tourism. “People say: it’s beautiful, but there is no toilet, neither drive nor pass,” the head of state shared his thoughts with journalists. He also cited Turkey and South Korea as an example, where in a few years they have created an excellent infrastructure for recreation.
As it turned out, the tourism corporation will be created on the basis of the North Caucasus Resorts JSC, the North Caucasus Development Corporation JSC and the Visit the Caucasus Foundation. According to the magazine "Otdykh v Rossii" on December 18, JSC "Corporation Tourism was registered. F ". It was headed by Sergey Sukhanov, who was previously vice-president of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee for the preparation of Olympic facilities and infrastructure. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, was the President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee. It has already been announced that the new corporation will participate in large investment projects and will develop master plans for tourism clusters.
It is planned that the new national project, like a nesting doll, will include three federal projects.
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