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16 Mar, 2014

Will Crimean tourism survive? – English pravda.ru

Political instability in Crimea can scare away all the tourists who annually vacation in the autonomy. Holiday season is approaching fast, but the number of tourists in Crimea this year may fall by nearly 30 percent. Koktebel, Evpatoria, Yalta and other resorts may lose both Russian and Ukrainian tourists. How will the referendum change the flow of tourists?

Tourism is an important economic component of the Crimean economy. Crimea is annually visited by nearly 6 million tourists, and 1.5 million of them are Russian tourists. Back in February, experts in the field of tourism released disappointing forecasts for the economy of Crimea. 90 percent of Russians who gladly vacationed at the resorts of Crimea will prefer to spend their vacation this summer in the Krasnodar region, despite the fact that Russian hotels and resorts have always been considered more expensive compared to the Crimean ones. However, Russian tourists account for only one third of the total tourist traffic.

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