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Crimea Tourism Numbers Down 35%

Published: July 3, 2014 (Issue # 1818)



  • About 1 million vacationers have traveled to Crimea this year compared to nearly 1.7 million over the same period of 2013.
    Photo: Lev Yakupov / Flickr

In a perceptible threat to Crimea's teetering economy, the flow of tourists to the region dropped 35 percent in the first half of this year, Crimean Deputy Resorts and Tourism Minister Olga Burova said Wednesday, Interfax reported.

About 1 million vacationers have traveled to Crimea this year compared to nearly 1.7 million over the same period of 2013, Burova said.

Meanwhile, the entire number of passengers traveling to and from Crimea has fallen by 30 percent. A total of 1.7 million people have traveled to Crimea this year, down from 2.5 million in 2013, Burova said.

Travelers' chosen mode of transport has also shifted significantly, likely as a result of Russia's annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine in March. The number of passengers traveling by ferry has grown by nearly three times from 2013 levels, and travel by plane has grown by 60 percent, while train travel fell to less than 50 percent its previous levels, she said.

Fifty-five percent of passengers traveled to Crimea by train in the first half of 2014, Burova said, while 25 percent traveled by ferry and 20 percent by plane.

Crimea's tourism industry was dealt a harsh blow by the annexation, as two-thirds of the 6 million tourists that traditionally travel to Crimea each summer came from Ukraine, The Associated Press reported.

That client base has now all but disappeared, and the Russian government is pulling out all the stops in an effort to support the region's economy. Among other initiatives, the Federal Tourism Agency quietly sent out letters to state-owned corporations and major companies last month recommending that the companies buy package holidays to Crimea for their employees.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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