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The ban on the deployment of the hostels in residential buildings will lead to higher prices for Russian hotels, but also reduce the demand for the services of tour operators, said the Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze. On Thursday, may 16, reports “Interfax”.
According to Lomidze, the rising cost of living in conventional hotels will affect the price of tour operators, and subsequently on the demand of their clients. The expert believes that may be the most expensive accommodation in hotels of St. Petersburg.
In addition, according to Lomidze, the closure of hostels may result in a shortage of hotels. “Independent tourists, which previously was often chosen hostels now also be forced to stay in the hotels. It reduces competition among the hotels,” she explained and added that he does not understand the motivation of such a law.
April 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill introducing a ban on the placement of hotels and hostels in residential buildings. The authors of the law, which will enter into force on 1 October 2019, was made by more than 30 deputies. According to the proposed amendments in the Housing code, dwelling in an apartment building can no longer used to provide hotel services or services for temporary accommodation of strangers.
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