The bill was submitted to the regional Duma by the governor of the region Vladimir Vladimirov. The deputies voted for him in two readings at the same time. 100 rubles is the maximum amount provided by federal law. As indicated in the explanatory note, this decision is related to an increase in the cost of construction materials, an increase in the cost of works carried out during the improvement of the infrastructure facilities of the resort and an increase in the cost of its maintenance.
In addition, the developers of the bill argue that the increase in the resort fee will have little effect on the cost of recreation in the region. They calculated that if an average person pays 3,500 rubles per day and rests for 12 days, then the total cost of one tour for him is 42,000 rubles. The resort fee for this period is 1100 rubles (charged from the second day of stay), or 2.6 percent of the tour price. At the same time, as stated in the document, the annual increase in the cost of sanatorium treatment in the institutions of the region is from 5 to 15 percent.
According to forecasts, if the collection doubles, then next year Stavropol will collect 530 million rubles. “This will allow more extensive work to be carried out during the construction, reconstruction, improvement and repair of the spa’s infrastructure,” says the explanatory note of the bill.
At the same time, residents of the Stavropol Territory will not pay for it yet. However, as Anna Zimina, deputy chairman of the Stavropol Territory Duma committee for investments, resorts and tourism, told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta correspondent, the administration will change. The resort fee will now be collected at check-in at a hotel, sanatorium, or other lodging facility. Otherwise, everything will continue as before.
“These funds are spent directly on the objects that vacationers see,” Anna Zimina explained. “During the experiment on the introduction of the resort fee, about 80 types of work were completed: design, construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair infrastructure. For example, the memorial complex “Cranes” in Kislovodsk, the park “Flower Garden” in Pyatigorsk, Resort Park in Essentuki, Lower Cascade Stairs in Zheleznovodsk were put in order. Guests who come to Caucasian Mineralnye Vody from year to year know that they contribute to the development of cities, see a concrete result and feel their participation in the improvement of Russian resorts.