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New Trends of Tourism in Crimea

Crimea Tourism

By the end of the current year, representative tourism offices of Crimea will open in four cities including London. This news was announced by Alexander Lyiev, the Minister of Resorts and Tourism in Crimea during a recent press conference in Simferopol. Offices in Kharkov, Lvov, Donetsk and London will start working by the end of 2013. At the moment such offices have already been opened in eight cities of Ukraine as well as abroad. They were created on the basis of the leading tour operators that specialize in the Crimean resorts.

Starting from 2009 there has been a clear trend of increase in the number of foreign tourists and decrease in the local visitors coming to Crimea. In 2009 the share of local tourists in the overall Crimean tourist traffic amounted to 73.8%, and in 2013 the number of Ukrainian tourists went down to 65.6%. As for the travelers coming from ex-USSR countries, its number increased from 23.5% in 2009 to 32.1% in 2013, including 26.1% of Russian citizens, 4% of Belorussian citizens and 2% from other ex-USSR countries. The percentage of tourists from the rest of the world amounts to almost 3%. In 2009 it was 2.7%, the peak number was observed in 2011 (2.9%), in 2012 it decreased to 2,1% and by the end of November 2013 it has already reached 2.3%. "Interestingly that citizens of Turkey take the first place in the tourist traffic from non-post-Soviet countries, Germany goes second and Great Britain stands third," - reported the Head of Financial and Economical Analysis Office of the Ministry for Resorts and Tourism of Crimea, Yulia Martynenko.

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