Moscow hotels and hostels are preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Over 500 facilities have already been rated, including over 80 hostels. Another 170 lodging facilities have applied. They were to have been rated by July 1, but the deadline could be postponed.
“Lawmakers considered the third reading of the amendments to the law on June 22, and today they were sent to the Federation Council. The amendments imply that the deadline for hotel certification is to be extended until January 1, 2017. At this point, the law has not been adopted yet. However, in all likelihood, it will come into force and the certification term will be pushed back. We are expecting this decision,” said Vladimir Chernikov, head of the Moscow Department for National Policy, Interregional Relations and Tourism, at a press conference.
Reservation services, including booking.com, bronevik.com, ostrovok.ru and hrs.com, will specify if a hotel or hostel has been certified. Eventually, these systems will only recommend rated hotels. Mr Chernikov added that “if this rating status is unavailable, the information will be considered unreliable.”
Mr Chernikov suggests that the fine for hotel services without a rating certificate should be increased to 450,000 rubles. “We need to strengthen the rating organisations’ responsibility for compliance of hotel ratings to specified requirements, and determine administrative sanctions for them, including loss of certificates,” he said. It is also worth expanding hotel requirements; for example, they should include hotel and hostel security passports.
Moscow has 213 hotels with 50 or more rooms, 466 small hotels and 352 hostels with a total number of over 50,000 rooms (92,100 beds). About 75 percent of the rooms are rated cost-efficient (economy class, hostels and mini-hotels) and 25 percent business class. The forecast for 2018 is that the hotel inventory will grow to 108,600 beds due to the construction of new and the renovation of existing hotels.