News from the Council of the Federal Target Program of the development of tourism 2011 to 2018 and Rostourism tells of progress toward the implementation of the “Development of Domestic and Inbound tourism in the Russian Federation (2011-2018).” However, the council also reported some aspects still unfulfilled.
Budget utilization is but one of the stumblingblocks officials of the council reported. However, according to the Chairman of the Coordination Council, head of the Federal Tourism Agency Oleg Safonov, “the results of the performance analysis of the constituent entities of the obligations under the subsidies suggests that these liabilities for the current year will be fulfilled.” Safonov also stated:
“Under the agreement with 22 subjects of the Russian Federation for granting subsidies from the state budget of the Russian Federation funding for the construction of 36 facilities infrastructure in 2017 is 5 billion 20 million roubles at the expense of means of budgets of all levels. Including at the expense of the state budget of 3 billion 370 million roubles. 1 billion 650 million roubles — at the expense of means of budgets of subjects of the Russian Federation. During this period the development of means of the Federal budget amounted to 61.7%, means of budgets of subjects 59, 4 percent of the annual allocations.”
With respect to disbursement of the budgets, the tourism head suggested that budgets of constituent entities at the level of 70 — 95% has been achieved in 8 regions of Russia including; Udmurt Republic, Khabarovsk Krai, Karachay-CherkessiaTatarstan, Buryatia, Primorye, Altai, Sakha-YakutiaIn Vologda region. Also, Safanov reported the level of development funds within 45 to 70% made in 7 regions of Pskovskaya oblast, Karelia, Kaliningrad oblast, Ingushetia, Chuvashia, Novosibirsk oblast, Murmansk oblast. And only 25-45 percent of the funds disbursed for facilities in Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Lipetsk region, Tver region, Novgorod region.
The news also carried important aspects of projects and investment potential like that of partnerships in public-private investment support for selected projects. The development of private investment was an important note mentioned because of the high level of support for 9 regions of Russian territory that included; Stavropol territory, Novosibirsk region, Tatarstan, Murmansk region, Ingushetia, the Novgorod region, the Khabarovsk territory, Tver region, the Udmurt Republic.
The report from the tourism agency also spoke of marketing efforts and the expanded footprint of agency PR and advertising, as well as regional meeting news etc. As for the overall program progress, the program for 2018 shows 15 of the 28 projects within the program having been completed, with 13 still falling short of the goal. The parties having agreed on February 1, 2018 as the deadline for the government granting subsidies, several draft agreements are of concern to the agency, with the new program of 2019-2025 on the horizon.