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23 december, 2016

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Ministry of Culture and Federal Agency for Tourism accept Civic Chamber amendments

They will take into account the new agreement on visa-free turpoyezdkakh with China

Ministry of Culture and Federal Agency for Tourism accept Civic Chamber amendments

The Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation received the letter by Alla Manilova, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. It was addressed to Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the RF Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad.

The Deputy Minister in her letter notes that the new draft agreement between the governments of the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China on visa-free trips includes amendments recommended by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, such as reduction of the minimal size of tourist groups from five to three, increase in the period of visa-free stay for tourist groups up to twenty one days, introduction of electronic document management and simplification of exchange of authorized travel agencies lists.

"The draft agreement was generally supported by the Chinese side at the meeting of the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism and the National Tourism Administration of The People's Republic of China on November 13 in the city of Changsha", - Manilova said adding that the draft agreement was sent through diplomatic channels to the Chinese side proposing to discuss and work out a new version in January 2017.

It is to be recalled that in late October, following the results of the public hearings entitled "Inbound tourism from China: problems and prospects" members of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation sent a number of proposals to the relevant Deputy Prime Minister regarding regulation of travel companies organizing tours from China.

During the hearings, Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the RF Civic Chamber Commission on Public Diplomacy and Support for Compatriots Living Abroad, highlighted the relevance of the issue, declaring that the inbound tourism flow from China is marked by enormous dynamics of growth.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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