Thursday morning began for tourism with sudden news about the complete abolition of Rostourism, which did not reach its sovereignty for exactly a month . According to an official document published on the official Internet portal of legal information, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the abolition of Rostourism. This department in its current form has existed in Russia for exactly 18 years – since November 19, 2004, when its first head was appointed to Rostourism.
The functions of the department will be transferred to the Ministry of Economic Development. According to the document, Rostourism was abolished in order to “improve public administration in the field of tourism”, as well as “the effectiveness of the development of the tourism industry” and “optimize the authorities.”
As a result, the functions of regulatory and legal development will be transferred to the Ministry of Economic Development , control over numerous registries and classifications, up to the classification of beaches, as well as law enforcement functions.
The liquidation of Rostourism and the “redistribution” of officials is given a “statutory period”. Judging by what was mentioned in the decree, six months.
Recall that the department was established in 2004, the full official name is the Federal Agency for Tourism, which then separated from the Federal Agency for Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. In 2012, Rostourism was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture, and in 2017 – to the Ministry of Economic Development. At the same time, five heads of the department were replaced at the post:
- from November 19, 2004 to August 12, 2008 — Vladimir Igorevich Strzhalkovsky
- from August 12, 2008 to April 25, 2011 — Anatoly Ivanovich Yarochkin
- from June 20, 2011 to May 13, 2014 — Alexander Vasilyevich Radkov
- from May 13, 2014 to February 5, 2019 — Oleg Petrovich Safonov
- from February 7, 2019 — Zarina Valerievna Doguzova
Obviously, the last official statement from the head of Rostourism was the description of the situation in domestic resorts, which was published yesterday by Zarina Doguzova in her TG -channel. It said the following: “At the moment, no restrictions have been imposed on tourism in the Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory. All tourist infrastructure continues to operate as usual. Therefore, if you are already in these regions, you can continue your vacation as planned. If you are just planning a trip to these regions, then at the moment there are no new restrictions on travel to Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory.
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