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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko chaired a meeting of the Government Commission for Tourism Development.

Dmitry Chernyshenko chaired a meeting of the Government Commission for Tourism Development

It was attended by the head of the Federal Agency for Tourism Zarina Doguzova, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Sergey Galkin, Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing and Utilities Yuri Gordeev, General Director of the Corporation “Tourism.RF” Sergey Sukhanov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Tourism and Tourism Development infrastructure Sangadzhi Tarbaev, as well as heads of regions, representatives of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and tourism associations.

Members of the government commission discussed the implementation of the national project “Tourism and the hospitality industry”, the participation of regions in its implementation, and also assessed the results of the work of the corporation “Tourism.RF” on the development of tourism infrastructure.

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that in 2021 a lot of joint work was done to launch the national project “Tourism and Hospitality Industry”, and thanked all interested departments and governors for their involvement in the process.

“New measures of state support in the field of tourism – charters, grants, cashback programs included in the national project – were actively used and applied this year throughout Russia. More than 1.6 million Russians have used the tourist cashback program alone. 6.7 billion rubles were directly returned to the cards. Work began with the corporation “Tourism.RF” on the creation of infrastructure. At present, the first 53 investment projects in 27 regions have been selected for implementation. A number of agreements on the development of tourism infrastructure will be signed in February at the Russian Investment Forum, which will be held on the site of the federal territory “Sirius”. Investment in tourism is one of the most effective. For each ruble invested, we see 10 rubles of attracted extra-budgetary funds, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The Deputy Prime Minister noted that 2021 was much more successful for domestic tourism than the previous one. Thanks to the measures of the national project “Tourism and the hospitality industry”, it was possible not only to contain the negative impact of the pandemic, but also to develop the tourism industry. The industry has quickly adapted to the constraints – and this is an important achievement. It is expected that the majority of resort destinations by the end of the year will surpass the indicators of 2019 by 15-20%. This is primarily the Krasnodar Territory and the Republic of Crimea. Among those who will fully recover and even grow up, there are also new destinations that have been able to attract domestic tourists: the Kaliningrad Region, Kamchatka Territory, the Republics of Altai, Karelia and a number of others.

“Today we have summed up the results of the first year of the national tourism project. There is still a lot to be done, but already now it can be noted that the coordinated work of the Government, Rostourism, parliament and the industry and expert community has made it possible to bring the development of the industry to a completely different level. Our goal for the next year is to launch the national project at full capacity, so that every measure of support is in demand by people and businesses. The New Year is ahead, and I want to wish everyone new bright emotions from traveling around our beautiful country, and we will continue to do our best for this, ”said Zarina Doguzova.

General Director of “Tourism.RF” Sergey Sukhanov also noted the high involvement of subjects and investors in the development of tourism infrastructure.

“The corporation has reached agreements on cooperation with 30 regions, with 21 regions have already signed cooperation agreements, the rest are ready to be signed in the near future. For a number of facilities, construction will begin in 2022, for the rest, we are starting preparatory work, research and design, ”said Sergei Sukhanov.

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