Reputation first. Head of Crimea against inviting tourists for now

Sergey Aksyonov, the self-declared leader of Crimea, wants to refrain from attracting holiday-goers to the peninsula until the delivery of electricity to Crimean resorts is fully resumed.

“Until this moment comes there is no need in any publications about the attractiveness of the tourist product, otherwise 8 million people come and we have to accomodate them in the Council of Ministers, put mattresses and bathing cabins there. Every tourist should get what they expect for their money,” Aksyonov said during a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Crimea.

Sergey Strelbitski, Crimea’s minister of resorts and tourism, promised that re-energization paths will be agreed soon.

Ukraine started the electricity blockade of Crimea in late November. The supply of Electricity was restored only after the launch of the two strands of the energy bridge connecting the peninsula to Russia’s Krasnodar region.

Mr Aksyonov also said that the situation on the Russian tourist market offers new opportunities to tour operators.

“The niche Turkey and Egypt used to occupy is now free and the demand for domestic tourism has increased several times. Now developing a reputation is above all things,” Aksyonov stressed., following

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