In Russia, predicted withdrawal from the market up to half of travel agencies

a Significant part of tour operators and travel agencies in Russia leave the market because of the restrictions imposed in the fight against the spread of the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19. Such a forecast today at a press conference, announced the Director of the Northwest branch of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Catherine Shadskaya.

In her view, “it can reach up to half of the total market”, reports “Interfax”.

At the same time Sadska advises not to expect that people will go only to independent tourism — need for organized tourism will continue. “It is difficult to say, we don’t understand, when are we going to organize these trips,” — said the expert.

we will Remind, it became known yesterday that the Russian authorities have extended until June 30, 2020 a moratorium on tax inspections for businesses in all industries. “Signed a resolution that extends the moratorium on tax inspections for businesses until June 30. This decision will affect all industries, including those companies and individual entrepreneurs working in the sphere of tourism”, — said the Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin, stating that “the industry has significantly suffered due to the spread of coronavirus infections.”

“the Moratorium will apply to businesses in the tourism industry: ski slopes, beaches and hotels with a certain income and number of rooms. The criteria also set out in the document. In addition, such activities should be relevant to the organization and the business itself must be included in the unified list of classified hotels, ski slopes and beaches. This decision will allow to support entrepreneurs, to release them from the inevitable formalities and administrative burdens, create more comfortable conditions to return to normal operation after infection retreat,” — said Mishustin.

Previously, the Federal andgentstvo on tourism appealed to the heads of all subjects of the Russian Federation with a request to provide financial support and to provide benefits to regional tourism. According to the letter signed by the head of the Federal tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova, currently turnover decline of tourism has reached 95-100%, and the amount of lost revenue has exceeded 1.5 trillion roubles because of the restrictions imposed in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19.

the Minister stressed that in the midst of the crisis was the facilities that require regular significant capital investments, including hotels, Congress centres, boarding houses, rest houses, motels, resorts, cruise ships.

Before that, analysts HSE stated that because of the pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19более thirds of the employees of the tourism industry in Russia lost their jobs. According to the survey, about the loss of jobs, said a third of employees in the tourism industry (36.8 per cent), one fifth of hotel employees (21.9 percent) and services (19,8%).

Meanwhile, the President of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Andrey Ignatyev believes that the country’s tourism industry is back on coepidemics amounts for services not earlier than through 1,5-2 years. He stated that tour operators are unable to meet their obligations to provide service to clients in 70 billion roubles on the domestic flights and 112 billion rubles at the exit. Ignatyev pointed out that the industry has suffered because of the pandemic, very much: “This we never had, for 30 years after the Soviet era, when tourism started to work in new conditions”.

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 approved several packages of measures to support the economy and citizens.

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