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Rostourism proposed measures to support the industry because of coronavirus
A number of possible measures to support the tourism market affected by the coronavirus epidemic were proposed by the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova. In her opinion, a delay in payments to the Tourist Assistance Fund and cancellation of contributions this year can help the industry.
As told at a meeting of the public council of the Federal Tourism Agency Doguzov, the words of which are quoted TASS, the department is ready to come up with proposals to the Russian government. She proposes to postpone the deadline for the payment of contributions to Tourist Help from April to July.
The Federal Tourism Agency has already asked the Ministry of Transport and the Federal Air Transport Agency to return to the tour operators the money they paid for booking seats in China, Italy, Iran, South Korea and for domestic flights. The agency will also ask foreign hotels to reschedule their reservations if they have already paid for their places.
As support measures, the participants in the meeting proposed deferral of payroll taxes for tour operators, agents and hoteliers. To support the hospitality industry in Russia, it is proposed to expand the mechanisms for subsidizing tour operators working in the inbound and domestic tourism markets.
In February, the Association of Tour Operators reported possible industry losses due to an outbreak of coronavirus. Income of inbound tourism in February and March may amount to about 2,8 billion rubles.