Russians should plan a vacation in their country, said Federation Council speaker Valentina Matvienko in an interview with RIA Novosti.
Although the situation with the coronavirus is “objectively improving”, and by the summer most of the restrictions “will be lifted due to a significant decrease in the incidence rate”, when the borders are opened for foreign tourism, according to Matvienko, now “no one can say for sure”.
“Therefore, I strongly recommend planning a vacation in my country,” Matvienko said, recalling that the government pays great attention to the development of domestic tourism and creating conditions for citizens with different incomes, so that “recreation is available to young people, the elderly, and families with children. “.
Opportunities for recreation in the Russian Federation, according to Matvienko, “a huge amount.” “What beauties we have, what unique historical places we have, and nature reserves and reserves, and agritourism,” she listed.
“As for recreation in other states, it does not depend on us. With the further improvement of the situation with the pandemic, we will be ready to open air traffic in new directions, but – as you know, this is a bilateral decision – only where other countries will be ready to receive our citizens. And we see that the situation in Europe, and not only in Europe, is developing very difficult so far, ”Matvienko said.
Recall that the development of domestic tourism instead of travel abroad has been proclaimed by the government as one of the national projects until 2030.
Its goal is to double the number of domestic travel across the country in 10 years. If in 2019 65 million people traveled across Russia, then by 2030 it should be 140 million.That de facto, almost all tourism in the country is proposed to be made domestic.
Its contribution to GDP should grow 2.2 times – from 3.7 to 8.2 trillion rubles, and the number of jobs in the industry – by 68%, to 4.5 million people.