“last year tourism brought to the country $ 10.9 billion. This is comparable to the income from arms export, the number of non-ferrous metals, timber. According to our estimates, the loss amounted to about 500 billion rubles,” – said sarin doguzova in an interview with the newspaper “Arguments and facts”.

As the head of the Federal tourism Agency, to make up for these losses in part will help the introduction of electronic visas for tourists from 53 countries on 1 January 2021. She called the decision historic for the Russian tourism. According to Doguzova, e-visa is an important anti-crisis measure, which will help regions recover faster after the crisis.

Previously, the Federal tourism Agency said that the Russian tourism industry for the first half of 2020 had a shortfall of 1.5 trillion rubles due to pandemic influenza restrictions.