The government approved additional measures to support tour operators in the field of outbound tourism

19 April 2021

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin approved for 2021 an extension of the cancellation of contributions to the reserve fund of tour operators association, a decrease in the amount of contributions to the personal liability fund and other support measures.

According to the federal law, tour operators in the field of outbound tourism must pay annual contributions no later than April 15 of actual year to the reserve fund of "Turpomosch" association, depending on the number of tourists in the previous year, from 50 thousand rubles to 500 thousand rubles.

In 2020, due to the coronavirus, tour operators were exempted from such contributions as part of measures to support affected industries. Now this rule will be extended by the Government for 2021.

The industry participants are extended the opportunity to use money of the personal liability fund of tour operators to return money to tourists for cancelled foreign tours with booking until March 31, 2020 inclusive. Tour operators will pay annual contributions to this fund in a reduced amount - 0.25 instead of 1% of the total price of a tourist product in the field of outbound tourism for 2020. The transfer period is April 15, 2022.

The changes affected the rules for returning these money to tourists. The tour operator sends to the "Turpomosch" association tourist refund notification, submitting it within a month instead of two weeks. Tour operators need more time to carry out the necessary calculations.

The decision will support industry participants, will help continue to fulfil obligations to tourists whose tours have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The city's tourism policy is aimed to save and develop the industry. Committee for Tourism Development with the expert community has developed a number of proposals for new tax incentives and other support measures. For 2020 - 2021 hotels, health resort organizations, travel companies, transport companies that carry out tourist bus transportation on an ordered basis are exempted from the main regional taxes. Direct financial support in the form of loans was allocated by the city government on December 28, 2020, the total amount of support will be about 4 billion rubles. In 2020, 57 loans were issued in the amount of 193.4 million, 1133 work seats were saved. In 2021, 18 loans were issued in the amount of 43 million, 383 work seats were saved.