St. Petersburg hotels to charge tourist tax from foreigners

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ST. PETERSBURG, April 15. /TASS/. St. Petersburg’s hotels and hostels will start charging a tourist tax from foreign visitors of the city, chairman of the city’s committee for the development of tourism Yevgeny Pankevich told TASS on Monday.

“This will concern categorized means of accommodation, including small and big hotels,” he said.

He added that the committee, along with St. Petersburg’s official structures and members of the tourism industry, would develop a taxation mechanism, with hotels acting as tax agents. The proposed tax comes up to 100 rubles a day (about $1.5).

On April 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his support for the proposal of Acting Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov to introduce a tourist tax for the city’s foreign visitors to the tune of 100 rubles a day. According to the estimates of the Russian Ministry of Economy, the St. Petersburg tourist tax will be introduced after 2020.

Charging a tourist fee from foreigners will stimulate the city’s economy, allowing the city officials to restore more monuments and places of interest, Beglov stated earlier.

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