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Tour Operators Reduce Contribution to Tourist Assistance Fund
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved the contribution to the reserve fund of the association of tour operators. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of the tourism industry, this year's contribution will be one ruble.
As noted in the order of the head of the Cabinet of Ministers, the norm will not apply to tour operators and legal entities that have not previously worked in the field of outbound tourism upon joining the Association of Tourist Assistance.
Due to the situation with coronavirus and the depreciation of the ruble in Russia, the tour operator Indigo-Tour is already shutting down. The company said that it was not able to enforce obligations to sell all tourism products, therefore, it closed after 17 years of operation.
In February, the Association of Russian Tour Operators reported possible industry losses due to an outbreak of coronavirus. Lost income of inbound tourism only in February and March may amount to about 2,8 billion rubles. The head of the Federal Tourism Agency Zarina Doguzova suggested taking measures as a measure deferral of payments to the Turpomosch fund and cancel the contributions this year.