Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The flow of tourists to Crimea in January-June of the current year increased by one third and exceeded 2 million people, wrote the head of the republic Sergey Aksenov on his page on Facebook, having noted that the growth is primarily connected to the launch of the bridge across the Kerch Strait.
In June the Minister of Resorts and Tourism of Crimea Vadim Volchenko reported about a growth in the flow of tourists to the peninsula by 25% in comparison with last year.
“The flow of tourists to Crimea grew in comparison with last year by more than by a third and exceeded 2 million people. Such a sharp growth is connected, of course, primarily to the opening of the Crimean Bridge,” wrote Aksenov.
Hotels, resorts, and sanatoria across Crimea are over 70% full, which is 15% more than last year, noted the head of the republic. At the same time in some regions accommodation facilities are more than 97% full, and in Feodosiya – 93%.
“It is still too early to draw final conclusions. We expect that after the railway part of the bridge is launched, the tourist flow will continue to grow. Now the main task is to prepare resort infrastructure for such large-scale changes. It is no secret that in respect of price-quality ratio our resort industry still falls short of international standards, with rare exceptions. So the current success is more likely an ‘advance payment’ for both the Crimean authorities and the tourist business of the peninsula,” wrote Aksenov.
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