In ATOR warned against the introduction of electronic vouchers

Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze warns that the introduction in Russia systems of electronic vouchers will increase the financial burden on the tourists and the tourist business in the conditions when industry is so severely affected by the pandemic coronavirus. Such opinion was stated today to journalists.

“the State, government, tourism has been the support packages of the tourism industry. And the whole world says that it is necessary to support it, as the shot that caused the pandemic, it is difficult to move. In these circumstances, when we are talking about the survival of the industry, there is a draft law on mandatory e-ticket. By default, your start creates an additional financial burden on businesses and tourists”, — quotes “Interfax” Lomidze.

She recalled that before the second reading of the text of the bill has changed — now, e-ticket proposed to introduce for all types of tourism, not only outbound, but also inbound and outbound. According to the Executive Director of the ATOR, this means the introduction of an additional fee from foreign tourists for entry into the country, which is unlikely to increase the popularity of Russia as a tourist destination.

“E-ticket” information system in which operators must enter information about each tour sold, including detailed settings of the trip and its cost. In early June, the statement “E-vouchers” AO “NTT” reported that she is certified as a public information system. For the creation of each trip tourists will have to pay a fee, whose amount is not yet defined.

Note also that in early July the President of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Andrey Ignatyev predicted that the volumes of Russian tourism industry, which it had before the global crisis caused by the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19 will be restored not earlier 2022-2023 years.

“to Restore your volumes the industry will be long. We give partial recovery until the end of 2021. The volumes that we had before the coronavirus, we could only be purchased in 2022, maybe even in 2023”, — the expert believes.

however, he said that none of the tour operators of Russia has not left the market during the crisis of the industry caused by the pandemic.

a Day earlier, Vice-President of the PCT Yuri Barzykin expressed the view that support for the Russian tourism industry and potential visitors from the state will promote the “socialization” of tourism, giving the opportunity to relax for people with low income and socially unprotected categories of citizens.

In his words, “support, but it needs to be expanded children’s activities, support programs for medical personnel and other population groups”.

Barzykin believes that “this approach will enable a greater degree of socialization of tourism with the support of the state. Moreover, he pointed out that the demand for tourism products is, but it is necessary to provide a sufficient solvency of people.

let’s Add that the Russian economy in February—March 2020 was under the powerful impact of two negative factors — the rapid spread of the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19 and its deleterious effect on the global economy and collapse in oil prices. Against this background, the rouble significantly depreciated against the dollar and the Euro. Reacting to the situation, the government and the Bank of Russia adopted several packages of measures to support the economy and citizens.

may 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the end of may 12, a single period of days off, entered March 30, in the fight against COVID-19.

on 2 June Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin reported on the nationwide state plan for the recovery of the Russian economy in 2020-2021 years, noting, in particular, that the costSt the plan will be about 5 trillion rubles. June 19, Putin was sent a revised draft of the national plan.

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