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The Federation Council criticized the bill on introducing non-refundable rates in hotels

The Federation Council criticized the new bill of the Ministry of Economic Development on the use of non-refundable tariffs for hotels. The advantages of this innovation are still doubtful, stated Head of the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Elena Perminova.

According to her, in Russia now there is no urgent need for such an initiative – there are quite a lot of offers on the hotel market, both in terms of price and quality. Therefore, tourists can easily choose a room at a price that suits them.

The senator also noted that the motivation for introducing non-refundable rates for hotels is not yet clear. If we are talking about air transportation, then in this case such a system is justified by the high cost of flights. But this approach does not work in the case of the hotel business.

“With regard to hotels, I doubt the popularity of non-refundable rates, especially for tourists or those coming on business trips to different regions. We need to carefully monitor how this innovation will be perceived by people,” explained Elena Perminova.

It should be noted that today, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Dmitry Vakhrukov announced that non-refundable rates for hotels will be introduced this year. According to the government’s roadmap, the corresponding bill should be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers in April, and it is planned to finally approve it before the end of the autumn session in the State Duma.

However, judging by the comments in the telegram channel “Roof of the TourDom”, many subscribers are in solidarity with the senators. In their opinion, the initiative will not bring tangible benefits to tourists. Accommodation prices will not go lower. “We expect non-refundable tariffs to be at the same level as usual, and refundable ones are even more expensive than before,” wrote one of the users.

Source: Tourdom

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