Putin backed introduction of “vacation fee” in Russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed the introduction of the “vacation fee” in Russia. He made this statement during a meeting of the presidium of the State Council of the Altai region.

The president stressed that the payment should not lead to a sharp raise of rates: “If we do this, we should do it very carefully, not bumping up rates, but make it “invisible” to vacationeers.”

Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that it should be a small amount, something like 50-100 rubles a day ($1-$2 – RRT).

According to Putin, the money collected from this fee should only go to development of tourist infrastructure.

The President stressed that introduction of the fee should not lead to reducing the support coming from the Ministry of Finance.

Introduction of the resort fee will be tested in four regions: the Altai, the Krasnodar region, the Crimea, and the Caucasian Mineral Waters (Stavropol region). According to the Minister for the North Caucasus Lev Kuznetsov, all nuances will be worked out there, and then it will be decided to expand the practice on other regions, or abandon it.

Source: Lenta.Ru