In popular tourist regions of Russia, vacationers will be charged a resort fee
From May 1, 2018, in the resort cities of Altai, Stavropol, Krasnodar Territories and the Republic of Crimea, as part of the experiment, a resort fee was introduced for tourists staying in officially registered accommodation facilities …
The experiment will last until the end of December 2022. Based on the results of the experiment, a decision will be made on the introduction of resort fees throughout the country or abandonment of it.
The law on resort collection was first introduced in Russia on December 12, 1991, but was canceled on January 1, 2004.Since then, officials have repeatedly proposed returning to levy this fee. In August 2016, a meeting of the State Council Presidium on increasing the attractiveness of Russian resorts was held. As a result of the meeting, the Ministry for the Affairs of the North Caucasus prepared a draft federal law. The law was adopted by the State Duma on July 19, 2017 and approved by the Federation Council on July 25, 2017. Four regions of the Russian Federation received the right to introduce resort fees: Altai Krai, Stavropol Krai, Krasnodar Krai, and the Republic of Crimea. Additional income from tourism will be directed to the development of the spa infrastructure of these regions.
Resort fee amount
The new law allows the subjects of the Russian Federation to independently determine the size of the resort fee and to differentiate it depending on the season. At the same time, the maximum amount is limited by law: in 2018, the fee cannot exceed 50 rubles per day of stay in the accommodation facility, and from 2019 – 100 rubles. The resort fee in the Altai and Stavropol Territories in 2018 is 30 and 50 rubles per day, respectively, in the Krasnodar Territory and Crimea – only 10 rubles. However, according to the decision of local authorities in the Krasnodar Territory, the resort fee will be levied from July 16, 2018 – after the World Cup. And in Crimea, the experiment was postponed until May 1, 2019.
The authorities of the regions participating in the experiment, determined the list of resorts where the fee will be charged.
In the Altai Territory, only the Belokurikha balneoclimatic resort fell under the experiment; in the Stavropol Territory, the popular resorts of the Caucasian Mineral Waters: Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk, Zheleznogorsk, Essentuki.
The resort fee in the Crimea will operate during the tourist season – from May 1 to September 30. The experiment previously includes Yalta, Alushta, Yevpatoriya, Sudak, Saki, Theodosius. The authorities of Kerch and Sevastopol refuse to introduce a resort fee.
In the Krasnodar Territory, the cities of Anapa, Gelendzhik, Sochi, Goryachiy Klyuch, as well as four resort villages in the Tuapse district: Novomikhailovsky, Shepsi, Dzhubga, Nebug joined the experiment.
Resort fee operators are required to calculate the amount due. They are organizations or individual entrepreneurs that provide tourists with accommodation services. The resort fee should not be included in the price and must be paid in excess of it. Accommodation will charge a fee for the entire stay at entry or exit.
The resort fee must be paid by both Russian and foreign tourists who have reached the age of 18 and who have stayed at the property for more than a day. Tourist without fail will receive a document confirming payment. The resort fee is not paid by representatives of privileged categories. Their complete list is freely available on the official websites of popular legal systems. The constituent entities of the Russian Federation in whose territory the resort tax has been introduced have the right to establish additional preferential categories. Also, the fee will not be charged for tourists living in the private sector.
Foreign experience and expert evaluation
The practice of resort gathering exists in many popular tourist countries of the world. The proceeds from the collection of power are used to develop infrastructure and eliminate the damage that tourists cause to historical and architectural monuments and recreational areas. In addition, the resort fee allows you to limit the tourist flow in cities suffering from an overabundance of guests.
Experts and representatives of the tourism business consider the introduction of resort fees in Russian resorts inappropriate. The level of infrastructure and service in the cities participating in the experiment is generally inferior in quality to European, Turkish and even Asian, while the cost of leisure in Russia can be higher than abroad. Hotel business owners fear that the introduction of resort fees will lead to an outflow of tourists: people will stay in the private sector or look for the possibility of a budget holiday abroad. Compared with 2016, in 2017 the number of tourists who chose a foreign destination for their vacation increased by a quarter. This trend can lead to the tourism industry in Russia significant losses that the resort fee will not cover.