MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Russia’s Ministry of Culture stands for extending the Federal Target Program dubbed “Development of Domestic and Inbound Tourism in the Russian Federation” effective till 2018, head of the ministry’s Tourism and Regional Policy Department Olga Yarilova said at a Public Chamber session.
“We have been working in order to prolong this program after 2018,” Yarilova added.
“Our budget legislation is bound to change, maybe it will not remain a separate program. The Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Economic Development say it should become part of the state programs, but that doesn’t change the main thing. We have been working together with Rostourism to prepare the necessary substantiating documents in order to extend the program,” she noted.
As Rostourism head Oleg Safonov said earlier, “the implementation of the Federal Target Program is very important for the social and economic development of our country: our regions not only increase their attractiveness and competitiveness as tourist destinations, but also receive quality infrastructure that the locals may utilize along with tourists. Besides that, new jobs are created, various industries receive impetus, small and medium-size businesses bloom.”
At present, the program engulfs 41 Russian regions where 52 tourist and recreation clusters are under construction. In 2015, the federal budget provided 3.8 billion rubles (roughly $59 mln) for construction work including 3.6 billion rubles (roughly $56.5 mln) of capital investment.