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The Deputy Prime Minister chaired the second meeting of the Government Commission for the Development of Tourism in Russia. The main issue on the agenda was the implementation of the national project “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”.

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Dmitry Chernyshenko at the second meeting of the government commission for the development of tourism in Russia

The Vice Prime Minister noted that the national tourism project supported by the President includes measures to support businesses, regions and citizens. These are soft loans, subsidies for supporting infrastructure, co-financing of investment projects by the Tourism.RF corporation, grants for SMEs, as well as subsidies for charter flights, tourist cashback and others.

“Regions, business, investors got involved in the work. Corporation “Tourism.RF” has already signed agreements with investors for a total of 180 billion rubles. The government allocated funds for the development of three federal interregional tourist schemes for territorial design – the Crimean Peninsula, the Far East macro-territories and the Big Golden Ring. This is just the start of a great joint work, our task is to determine further steps, tune in to rhythmic work and achieve the indicators of the national project on time. Today, it is important that the heads of the regions make more active use of the mechanisms of the national project, develop the tourism industry locally and get involved in the master planning processes of territories. We will create a unified database of tourist projects, on the basis of the Coordination Center we will ensure interaction with the subjects on the practical application of the instruments of the national project, ”noted Dmitry Chernyshenko.

“We have launched a national tourism project. This year, 39 billion rubles from the federal budget are planned for its implementation. The money will be directed to existing and new support measures, including subsidizing the interest rate for the construction and reconstruction of hotels, co-financing of the supporting infrastructure, grant support for entrepreneurial initiatives, the tourist cashback program, subsidizing charters for domestic destinations, and much more. Most of the measures are competitive and allow developing any type of tourism in any region of the country, ”said Zarina Doguzova.

As noted in the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Utilities, subsidies to the regions for the creation of supporting infrastructure will be allocated for specific projects.

“The priority in the development of tourist areas, individual clusters is the creation of engineering and transport infrastructure, which creates a high-quality and comfortable environment. For the construction of such facilities, the regions need significant support from the federal center. Currently, together with the Corporation “Tourism.RF” JSC, we are developing rules for the provision of subsidies from the federal budget for state support of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation to create such an infrastructure. The funds are planned to be allocated after a thorough analysis and assessment of the project’s effectiveness, taking into account the necessary territorial planning documents and materials justifying the need for the supporting infrastructure, ”said Irek Fayzullin.

The head of the Ministry of Construction added that already this year it is planned to develop three packages of territorial planning documents for the development of tourist territories, which will make it possible to assess the justified need for infrastructure and the amount of support for the regions to create engineering and transport infrastructure.

Corporation “Tourism.RF” currently cooperates with 16 regions, said Sergei Sukhanov. Some of them have already directed their initiatives to create tourism infrastructure. The corporation is also starting to develop master plans for tourist areas. Three such documents are planned to be created this year.

“I urge other regions to get involved more actively in the work. To offer an investment project, it is enough to fill out the application form for portal “Tourism.RF”. There you can also familiarize yourself with the main stages that we have to go through together with interested regions and investors – from submitting an application to entering into signing cooperation agreements. The further scenario of cooperation will depend on the quality of the business plan and the financial and economic model. The corporation is ready to both provide an expert assessment of the existing calculations and develop business plans and financial and economic models in partnership with an investor, ”added Sergey Sukhanov.

Following the meeting, Dmitry Chernyshenko also noted that meetings of the government commission will be held every two weeks in order to monitor the progress of the national project in real time.

The meeting of the commission was attended by Presidential Aide Igor Levitin, Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities Irek Fayzullin, Head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Zarina Doguzova, General Director of ANO Agency for Strategic Initiatives Svetlana Chupsheva, General Director of Corporation Tourism.RF JSC Sergey Sukhanov, Rector of the Russian State University of Tourism and Service Alexander Fedulin, President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Andrey Ignatiev, as well as regional governors.

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