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A bill on the introduction of a resort fee has been submitted to the State Duma  15.05.2017 07:00

The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a government decree aimed to initiate a bill on the experimental charging of fees for using the resort infrastructure in some Russian regions.

According to the statement posted on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers,  "the bill provides for an experimental introduction of fees charged for using the resort infrastructure (resort fee) in the Republic of Crimea, Altai, Krasnodar and Stavropol regions from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022.”

The document also defines benefit-entitled citizens who are exempt from paying the fee. The expenses for the experiment will be covered by the regional budgets.

"Following the results of the experiment, it will be decided either to introduce a resort fee on an ongoing basis throughout Russia or to refuse it," the government reported.

Earlier the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) reported that Russian tour operators consider premature the introduction of a resort fee in the regions of the Russian Federation since it can provoke a decrease in the demand for holidays in the country. According to the experts, the new fee will hit the tourists' pocket and will force them to choose accommodations in the private sector which will eventually lead to the reduction in the organized tourist flow to the Russian resorts.