If domestic tourism does not allow airlines to “hold out” until the fall, the “coronavirus curtain” may be raised earlier
However, according to polls, many citizens are afraid to leave the borders of their region, and those who are not afraid can expect such unpleasant surprises as a refusal to settle in a hotel, closed museums and food “than God sent.”
The governors should have prepared plans for opening the tourism industry by June 15, but it is useless to look for them on the official portals of administrations – there is nothing there. According to the Federal Tourism Agency, now they agree to accept tourists in 47 regions.
Starting July 1, Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with vice prime ministers on Monday that there will be “more than 70 of them.” “In general, the demand for tourism industry services is beginning to grow,” the prime minister reassured, noting that along with the opening of boarding houses and hotels, another sign of a return to active life is the restoration of the cultural sphere, the opening of museums that are iconic for the country.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, this year will be unique for the industry. Firstly, it begins “with a sliding” and therefore will last until October-November. Secondly, the Russians will have to relax in their country. “We expect that approximately 20-22 million of our fellow citizens will spend their holidays in Russia during this time,” Chernyshenko said.
The timing of the opening of the external borders of power is not even called approximately. (Answering a corresponding question from journalists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov succinctly replied: “I don’t know.” At a meeting with deputy prime ministers, the question of outbound tourism was not raised at all).
The Ministry of Transport hints that the resumption of flights abroad (and, accordingly, the opening of borders) depends on the volume of traffic within the country. If they really grow due to the rise of domestic tourism, airlines can really hold out until the fall. Otherwise, there is hope that flights abroad will resume faster.
But in any case, first of all, the planes will fly to the CIS countries, and only then (according to representatives of the Federal Air Transport Agency, not earlier than August) will the issue of organizing flights to Europe be considered. Now, on rare export flights abroad, owners of second passports, residence permits, contracts for work or study, and in some cases, property owners (in each country, have their own rules for admitting foreigners, can fly to the embassy, as well as on the website Rostourism).
For a month now, sanatoriums have been operating in Russia itself, and in a number of regions hotels, pensions and recreation centers have also opened. But demand in most regions (with the exception of the Black Sea resorts) is still significantly lower than supply.
As Mishustin said at a meeting with deputy prime ministers, loading of accommodation facilities ranges from 20% to 30%. According to ATOR, compared with June last year, real paid demand fell 10 times. To increase the attractiveness of organized recreation, Rospotrebnadzor had to significantly soften the requirements for sanatoriums and boarding houses. Vacationers no longer need to present a negative test for coronavirus (enough information about the lack of contact with infected people, which can be issued at any medical center for little money), as well as a marriage stamp when checking into one room.
In addition, the observation and the ban on leaving the sanatorium were canceled. However, softening the requirements can not only attract, but also scare away tourists. People were so insistently taught that coronavirus is for a long time that now many people refuse to believe in improving statistics, and consider the abolition of restrictions as heedlessness.
However, an even more uncertain situation is developing in the field of unorganized tourism. On the one hand, the authorities urge Russians to actively travel around their home country – to discover the Russian Baltic, the Russian North, Altai, Buryatia, the Urals, Khakassia, the cities of the Golden Ring and sights located in neighboring regions, which can be reached by car. However, there are no guarantees that tourists will be able to implement their plans. All decisions on the opening of tourist and cultural sites have been left to the governors and local Rospotrebnadzor, who dispose of powers that suddenly fall on their head at their own discretion – on the go they overturn already voiced plans, put forward additional requirements for the industry and tourists, and even quarrel with each other this soil.
A typical example is the conflict between Karelia and the Arkhangelsk region over the opening of the Solovetsky Islands. Arthur Parfenchikov, the head of the Republic of Karelia, has allowed tourists to visit them since June 16. But the acting governor of the Arkhangelsk region, to which Solovki is administratively owned, immediately banned: according to the order of Alexander Tsybulsky, landing of passengers arriving on the islands from Karelia is possible only after they have been quarantined by the ship for 14 days. The reaction to this showdown is obvious: tourism froze, people either spent their money in vain or were left without it. But which of the governors cares.
Another example is the Tula region. Hotels in the city of Tula through aggregators can be booked without problems, but in order to settle, you must present “the approval of the Tula Region Committee for Tourism Development”. Moreover, tourists often learn about this know-how only at the reception. An incomprehensible situation with cultural objects – in Yasnaya Polyana and Polenovo, due to the difficult epidemiological situation, only walks are allowed on the territory (at the same time, there is a full house on Polenovsky beach without any social distance). And in Bogoroditsk, located in the same region, not only a park is open for tourists, but also a museum-estate located in it.
In general, domestic tourism in post-crown reality is a real quest. And in order to successfully pass it, one must stock up not only with remarkable nerves and optimism, but also with canned goods and a canvas tent.
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