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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko arrived in Sochi on a working trip. The Deputy Prime Minister held a meeting with the mayor of the resort city Alexei Kopaigorodsky on the results of the summer tourist season. It also discussed the forecast for the winter tourist season 2021-2022 and the holding of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi at the sites of the federal territory “Sirius” in February next year.

Dmitry Chernyshenko held a meeting with the Mayor of Sochi Alexei Kopaygorodsky on the results of the summer tourist season

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that 2.8 million tourists visited the city from June to September. And since the beginning of the year, the number of guests has reached 5.8 million. This is 6.3% more than in 2019.

“It is nice to know that about 30% of tourists in Sochi are young people. It is necessary to create a high-quality service for them, to encourage them to continue to rest in Russia. In preparation for the winter season, it is important that accommodations cope with the increasing influx of guests. Tourists should be satisfied with the quality of services and recreation in general. It is also important to ensure the safety of people. This applies to both accommodation and public events. Vaccination of staff should be continued. Now, out of almost 35.5 thousand people working in the industry, 80.4% are vaccinated. The result is good, but it is necessary to increase this number, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The Deputy Prime Minister added that sales of tours for the period of winter holidays have already exceeded 40%. During the entire winter season, 80% occupancy of hotels is predicted, and about 90% during the New Year holidays. Also this year, about 30 winter beaches will operate in the coastal cluster of Sochi.

Alexey Kopaygorodsky added that today about 125 thousand people are accommodated in Sochi at a time. The average utilization of properties is 70%. In the summer, 2889 accommodation facilities were in operation with 92 304 rooms. By the end of the year, Sochi is expected to receive 6.8 million guests.

“Thanks to the support of the Government and the Governor of the Krasnodar Territory, the health resort industry is actively developing in Sochi. Our city is still one of the main destinations for holidays in Russia. The entire hospitality industry has confidently adapted to work in the conditions of antiquity measures, we have successfully spent the summer season and now we expect good performance in the winter. We plan to receive 6.8 million guests by the end of the year, ”the Mayor of Sochi said.

Dmitry Chernyshenko asked the head of Sochi to thank the volunteers of the resort on behalf of the Russian Government.

“Sochi is the heart of the volunteer movement throughout the country. From here it spread and became the norm of behavior for young, socially responsible children, ”the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized.

Dmitry Chernyshenko recalled that this year the Government has launched a new national project “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”. He noted that Sochi and the Krasnodar Territory as a whole are actively using the state support measures laid down in it.

“Investors of the Krasnodar Territory within the framework of the national project received 11 grants, including for the implementation of three projects in Greater Sochi. Work on them is already underway and will be completed by the end of the year. Also, according to preliminary estimates, the region was one of the most popular when buying tours as part of a tourist cashback. In the current season, 22 sanatoriums, about 100 hotels and 12 tour operators offer special offers for recreation in Sochi. In terms of the return of part of the cost of vouchers to children’s camps, the Krasnodar Territory is also in first place in terms of the number of applications submitted. Almost 15 thousand of them were received. As for preferential loans, there are currently eight projects for the construction and reconstruction of hotels under validation: three in Sochi, four in Anapa and one in Abrau-Dyurso. Investors plan to invest about 66 billion rubles and build 4,300 new rooms of the four-star and five-star categories, ”the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

At the end of the meeting, the interim result of the pilot project on resort collection in the Krasnodar Territory was discussed. Now its size is 10 rubles per day. Since the start of the pilot in 2018, 8 million people have paid for it. It raised 395.7 million rubles. These funds are directed to the restoration and development of tourism infrastructure.

This week, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that the Russian Investment Forum will be held in February 2022 in Sochi at the sites of the federal territory “Sirius”.

On behalf of the Governor of the Krasnodar Territory, Veniamin Kondratyev, the city of Sochi began active preparations for the Russian Investment Forum. An organizing committee has been formed, which includes specialists from the administration, the city, the region, and the federal territory “Sirius”. Also, a city operational headquarters has been created, which will deal with the issues of uninterrupted operation of resource supplying organizations, the proper sanitary condition of the territory adjacent to the venue of the forum, hospitality routes and entrance gates.

“We will definitely hold the forum at a high organizational level, with the hospitality and hospitality inherent in the city of Sochi. We have an important task – to provide comfort to the guests of the forum and at the same time to organize strict observance of sanitary and epidemiological standards. We will fulfill all the obligations imposed on the city, ”stressed Aleksey Kopaigorodsky.

The city of Sochi plans to take part in the delegation of the Krasnodar Territory in the business program of the forum and in the preparation of the exhibition exposition.

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