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New measures to support tourism in Kamchatka will bring business out of the shadows
Starting from 2020 in Kamchatka, the transport tax for travel companies providing sea passenger transportation services under the license of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and registered in the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping will be cut in half. Also, representatives of small and medium-sized businesses working in the tourism sector will be able to receive subsidies from the region and compensation for the expenses incurred for the construction of infrastructure.
“These measures are primarily designed to help legalize the tourism business. Tourism in many regions is located in the gray zone, a lot of people began to engage in tourism simply because they live in this territory. In order to introduce such a business from the shadows and give it an opportunity for good quality development, a large number of support measures are being introduced in Kamchatka, ”said Elena Stratonova, head of the regional agency for tourism and external relations, EastRussia.
Due to the increase in the transport tax, the Tourism Industry Association appealed to the Tourism and External Relations Agency of the Kamchatka Territory. Tourist companies engaged in sea passenger transportation would have incurred significant costs, therefore, by the decision of Kamchatka Governor Vladimir Ilyukhin, the regional transport tax law was amended to halve the tax on such companies from 202.
“This will support those engaged in legal activities in the field of boat trips. There are a lot of such people in Kamchatka, and now we have about 20 companies that provide such services on legal grounds. But, according to our data, in general, such activity is carried out by many times more people, and many of them do it under the guise of walking for friends. Our task is to bring such a business out of the shadows. In our opinion, such support measures should stimulate them to work legally, ”said the head of the regional agency for tourism and external relations.
According to the authorities, this will also improve the service - companies that will receive such support will become more responsible about their work and take better care of their customers. Despite the fact that tax incentives are costs for the regional budget, Kamchatka will get a return from the business, which will become legal.
“Without a doubt, all this will help improve the quality of boat trips - the second most popular tourist destination and the tourism industry as a whole,” Elena Stratonova emphasizes.
Also for these purposes, the Tourism and External Relations Agency of the Kamchatka Territory, together with the Investment Agency, have worked out the possibility of introducing subsidies for small and medium-sized businesses operating in the tourism sector and reimbursing part of the costs incurred by entrepreneurs for the construction or reconstruction of tourist infrastructure facilities.
“The big problem is the load in the summer, peak season. We have a task of increasing capacities that could accept a tourist flow. Therefore, business promotion is very important here. The state has turned to small business, now there is a whole range of measures that will allow a person to smoothly and efficiently enter tourism and gain a foothold in it, ”comments the head of the regional agency for tourism and foreign relations.
The subsidy can be obtained on a competitive basis, for this it is necessary to submit an application, the acceptance of which will end on November 22. After that, the recipients of support will be determined. The maximum amount of payments is three million rubles.