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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko chaired the first meeting of the Presidium of the Government Commission for Tourism Development in the Russian Federation.

The meeting was attended by the head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova, general director of the corporation “Tourism.RF” Sergey Sukhanov, representatives of federal executive authorities, as well as the president of the Russian Union of Tourism Industry Enterprises (RST) Andrey Ignatiev, vice president of the All-Russian public organization of small and medium-sized businesses “Support of Russia” Alexey Kozhevnikov, rector of the Russian State University of Tourism and Service Alexander Fedulin and others.

Within the framework of the meeting, issues of preferential business lending for the implementation of investment projects for the development of domestic and inbound tourism, as well as the results and prospects for the implementation of a grant program to support public and business initiatives in the field of tourism for 2021-2022 were discussed.

“Starting this year, investors will be able to receive preferential loans for 15 years at a rate of 3-5% per annum for the construction and reconstruction of hotels. Until 2024, about 19 billion rubles will be allocated from the federal budget for these purposes. In 2021 alone, we expect through such support to provide a portfolio of investment projects totaling up to 20 billion rubles. Thanks to the national project, we will be able to ensure a significant increase in the hotel base in the constituent entities of the country in the horizon of 3-7 years, ”stressed Dmitry Chernyshenko. The Vice Prime Minister also said that at the beginning of August a mechanism for rating the regions of the Russian Federation according to their involvement in the national project “Tourism and the hospitality industry” will be developed.

“The process of obtaining concessional loans has been optimized, the total time for selecting banks and borrowers will be at least halved, from 194 to 108 calendar days. This is already almost 3 months less than the existing normative period. But this work is not finished, we see opportunities for further reduction of bureaucratic procedures “, – said General Director of the corporation” Tourism.RF “Sergei Sukhanov.

The head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova noted in her speech: “Within the framework of the national project, we are gradually launching key measures to support business. The next grant competition to support small and medium-sized businesses in tourism will be held this fall, with the opportunity to start implementing projects from 2022. The mechanism will be implemented through subsidies to the regions. The measure provides for 2 billion rubles. Also this fall, businesses will receive preferential loans for the construction and reconstruction of hotels for the first time. For this, Rosturizm will subsidize banks in the amount of the refinancing rate. The investor will receive a loan at a rate that should not exceed 5%. This opens up new attractive opportunities for investment in hotel infrastructure. “

Grants are allocated, including in the following areas:

– Creation of campgrounds and modular non-capital accommodation facilities.

– Arrangement of beaches and tourist routes.

– Creation of mobile audio guides.

– Creation of barrier-free conditions for tourists.

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