The resort fee could be introduced as an experiment in five regions: Stavropol region, Crimea, Sevastopol, in the Altai and Kuban. The experiment will last for five years, will then discuss the issue of the proliferation of resort fees to other subjects of the Russian Federation. The question about the mechanism of its introduction is still open, reports “Interfax”.
In the meeting, devoted to the introduction of resort fees in Russia, took part the head of the Ministry for North Caucasus Affairs (Minkowksi) Lev Kuznetsov, representatives of the government of the Russian Federation, Ministry of economic development, Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of health, Ministry of culture, Ministry of labor and the Federal tax service.
Recall, Russian President Vladimir Putin in September, has instructed officials to introduce in Russia a resort fee, the income from which can be directed on development of sanatorium-resort complex of the country. This requirement must be fulfilled prior to March 1, 2017.
Responsible for the execution of the order appointed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Earlier, the head of state demanded from the regions “with caution” approach to the issue: collection should not be burdensome for tourists and to go on infrastructure development.
According to Lev Kuznetsov, the bill about the resort fee should be submitted for consideration to the government by November 15.
“The minkowksi Russia advocates a two-step introduction of fees for the use of resort infrastructure”, – quotes the Minister press service of the Russian Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs.
It is assumed that the income from the resort collection will go to the development not only of the resort complex, but only the part that relates to the concept of “resort infrastructure”.
According to the Minister, the levy would be strictly targeted, and the funds will be distributed according to a closed list. They will come to the regional Fund and distributed by the target only on the preservation and development of resort infrastructure. As for the resort fee, it will be set by the subject of the Russian Federation on whose territory the experiment will be conducted for individual municipalities. The maximum fee should not exceed 150 rubles per day.
Earlier, in late August, President Vladimir Putin at the state Council meeting proposed to consider the possibility of introducing in Russia the resort fee. “If it does, then very carefully, not lifting the payments, unbeknownst to visitors,” he said.
Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that his Agency considers acceptable the imposition of a fee in the amount of 50-100 rubles, and Tourism of Crimea has already proposed the introduction of a resort fee of 300 rubles.
In Russia already there was a resort fee from 1991 to 2004. Then he didn’t pay pensioners, children, invalids and vacationers vouchers. An unwanted introduction of a new tax consider in the CPS, the Ministry of industry and trade, the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of economic development, the Ministry of justice and the Federal tourism Agency, on the contrary, has repeatedly supported the introduction of the tourist fee.
The idea to enter it again once again actualized in the spring of this year in anticipation of the holiday season.
The Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) with reference to the Ministry for North Caucasus Affairs reported that in Russia a resort fee will be introduced from 2017. It was reported that the first region where it is introduced, will be Stavropol Krai.
It was assumed that the collection will not be included in the price, tourists will be able to pay it upon arrival or departure from the resort. In five years with it, authorities hope to attract 2 billion to 6 billion roubles, which will go to the development of the resort.
About another collection – tourist – in the spring, wrote the newspaper “Izvestia”, noting that the government has not approved its introduction, as it will lead to increase in leisure, which in turn will be an obstacle to the development of Russian resorts.
It is also known that in the fall of 2014, senators Yevgeny Bushmin, Vladimir Petrov and Sergey Ryabukhin has developed a draft law on the introduction of a tourist (resort) fees collected from physical persons, including foreign citizens and individuals without citizenship arriving in the tourist area. The government of Russia has prepared the negative conclusion on the proposal.