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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko chaired a meeting of the Presidium of the Government Commission for Tourism Development. At the meeting, decisions were made in the field of digitalization of tourism and proposals were considered to optimize the procedure for issuing concessional loans at 3-5%. They also discussed the arrangement of tourist centers in cities.

Speaking about the importance of supporting investors who are ready to invest in tourism infrastructure, Dmitry Chernyshenko noted the successful work to reduce the total time for issuing concessional loans: “The Subcommittee on Granting State Subsidies in Tourism has prepared amendments to Resolution No. 141 on the procedure for banks to receive subsidies for tourism projects. The amendments, on which several structures and departments worked at once, significantly optimize the procedure, due to which the time spent by both banks and borrowers should be halved – from 194 to 87 days. “

Following the meeting, Dmitry Chernyshenko instructed to work out the issue of the possibility of re-accepting registers of potential borrowers in 2021 in order to enable more investors to receive state support. “It is important for investors who are ready to start implementing the project now, to give them the opportunity to receive funds faster. For those who do not have time to submit an application, it is important to understand that in the next period they will still have such an opportunity, ”the Deputy Prime Minister added.

According to the head of the corporation “Tourism.RF” and the chairman of the subcommittee on the provision of state subsidies in the field of tourism Sergei Sukhanov, projects with elaborated documentation, the subcommittee, which approves the list of borrowers and the amount of subsidies allocated, is ready to consider in September.

The concessional lending program provides for the issuance of funds at 3-5% per annum for up to 15 years. Loan funds can be used for the construction or reconstruction of hotels and tourist complexes. The loan amount can range from 100 million to 70 billion rubles.

Rostourism began to accept investment projects from banks for inclusion in the program of concessional business lending. This program was launched for the first time in Russia. For this, 20 credit institutions were selected, including the main systemically important banks.

To increase the efficiency of management in the field of tourism, on the initiative of the public organization “Support of Russia” and with the participation of the Analytical Center under the Government, work is underway to digitize the tourist characteristics of the regions. In the near future, a typical model of a tourist digital passport will be created for all regions of the Russian Federation, taking into account about 30 key parameters affecting the development of tourism.

The participants also discussed support for the improvement of tourist centers in cities. The national project provides grants that the regions can receive to create attractive and comfortable tourist centers in cities. Grant support will be distributed on a competitive basis, and the mechanics of holding the competition before entering the federal level implies passing the application through public hearings at the municipal level.

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