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Crimea expecting twofold decrease in Ukrainian tourists this year

April 08, 2014, 17:23 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL
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SIMFEROPOL, April 08. /ITAR-TASS/. A tourism official in Crimea said local authorities are expecting a twofold decrease in the number of visitors from Ukraine this year, to 1.5 million people.

"We're not giving up Ukrainian tourists. I believe at least half of the usual tourist flow will come from Ukraine this summer, especially from southeastern regions," chairman of the Crimean State Council's commission for health resorts and tourism Alexei Chernyak told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

"Ukrainian tourists will be able to stay on Crimean beaches all summer, as effective legislation allows them to be in the Russian Federation up to 90 days," he went on.

Nobody is going to make holidays for Ukrainians more expensive. This season, many hotels are offering 10-30% discounts, Chernyak said.

In 2013, 5.9 million tourists, including some three million Ukrainian citizens and 1.5 million Russians visited Crimea. Crimea is ready to service some six million tourists this year, the republic’s Minister of Tourism Yelena Yurchenko said noting that Crimean authorities were expecting the bulk of arrivals from Russia.

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