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Vladimir Putin approved the introduction of a tourist tax in St. Petersburg

Владимир Путин одобрил введение туристического сбора в Санкт-Петербурге

Vladimir Putin approved the introduction of a tourist tax in St. Petersburg. The head of state said at a meeting with acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov.

“Our city is increasingly visited by foreign tourists last year, 3.9 million [tourists], this year we expect 4 million [tourists]. Well, we have a problem: we are in the internal program of the city wrote about 1,379 thousand buildings of historical heritage, of which 255 is a residential building with a complex configuration of the facades. And we decided to renovate in the next 10 years, we need about 17 billion rubles. Well, we already asked, spoke with the economic development Ministry and the Finance Ministry on amendments to the tax code. This tourist tax. It’s only 100 rubles a day. The money we would just [spent] on the restoration of the houses,” said Beglov at a meeting with Putin. The President of Russia said that “has nothing against”.

Tourist tax in the amount of 100 rubles per day will be charged the hotels with foreign tourists every day.

Recall, the ability to take foreign tourists money for being appeared in Russia after Vladimir Putin in 2017, signed a law on the introduction of fees for the use of resort infrastructure in the tourist regions of the country. The fee can set local authorities, but it should not exceed 100 rubles.

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