On behalf of the head of the region, Vladimir Solodov, a comprehensive plan has been developed in the region to prevent and combat illegal tourism for 2020.
This was reported in the regional agency for tourism and external relations.
They said that the document is designed to coordinate the interaction of authorities, law enforcement agencies and officially registered industry business, aimed at curbing illegal activities. In addition, the plan includes initiatives to tighten federal legislation, the creation of the “Tourist Police”, raid events and a number of other measures.
“Illegal tourism in Kamchatka is one of the main problems of the industry. Its scale is difficult to assess today, but this issue needs to be addressed. Firstly, it is directly related to the safety of tourists. Illegals do not bear any responsibility to vacationers, do not insure people, we know of cases when tourists were simply left or forgotten in the forest. Secondly, such companies and individuals do not vouch for the quality of the services provided, which threatens with serious image losses for the entire tourism industry of the region. And, thirdly, they do not have professional personnel, permanent offices, do not pay taxes, which means they can offer cheaper tours than legal companies. However, it is important to understand that the “price” of such savings can be very high, and the consequences are most dire, ”said Acting Agency Director Elena Lassalle.
She noted that the document will enter into force after approval by the head of the region, but already now the agency, together with the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate, is carrying out a series of raid events in the region to identify the organizers of tours and excursions illegally carrying out this activity. Organized “test purchases.”
The comprehensive plan also provides for educational activities to improve the skills of personnel in tourism, their certification and the creation of an appropriate registry. In addition, an information campaign is planned on the competitive advantages of tour operators and travel agents, ensuring high-quality and safe tours and excursions, including sea tours, in the Kamchatka Territory.
The agency also recalled that until June 30 in the region as a whole, the holding of organized tours and excursions was suspended. Restrictive measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of life and health of citizens in the context of the spread of coronavirus infection throughout the territory of the region.
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