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Russia’s Tatarstan republic plans direct air routes to Crimea’s Simferopol

March 18, 2014, 17:49 UTC+3 KAZAN
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KAZAN, March 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Air carriers in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan will open direct air routes for tourists between Tatarstan’s capital Kazan and Crimea’s capital Simferopol, the head of the Tatarstan Agency for Tourism Sergei Ivanov told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

According to preliminary data, Crimea should expect up to 20,000 visitors from Tatarstan.

On March 13-14, a delegation from Tatarstan participated in a tourism forum entitled ‘Crimea - First Spring’, held in Crimea’s capital Simferopol and devoted to the strengthening of Crimea’s positions in the Russian tourism market. Forum participants visited 15 health resorts and holiday centers of the peninsula.

“Preparations for the high season are well underway,” Ivanov said. “The Crimean authorities have promised unprecedented price terms for Russian tourists considering that the flow of tourists from Ukraine will significantly reduce.”

According to the Tatarstan Agency for Tourism, the government of the republic sends annually about 5,000 children on holiday to the Black Sea coast. There are six holiday camps working in Crimea. In 2014, a package tour for one child should not exceed 6,500 rubles ($180). Travel tickets will cost about 12,000 rubles ($330).

According to official data, about six million tourists travel to the Crimean Black Sea coast annually. Market operators estimate that about two million of them are Russians. There are about 15,000 restaurants and cafes in Crimea today, 825 hotels and health resorts and about 4,500 private lodging facilities. The tourism industry generates almost 40 billion Ukrainian hryvnias ($4 billion).

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