Sergei Aksenov acknowledged that the tourist season this year did not live up to expectations – Crimea was visited by 40% fewer tourists than in the same period last year. However, he is full of optimism about the next year.
According to Interfax.ruthe head of the Crimea expects that next year, “through the opening of resorts in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions”, tourist logistics will undergo changes for the better:
“In June, we took the dynamics, analyzing only collective accommodation facilities, without the private sector – 815 thousand vacationers. Compared to last year – 40% less, from 2019 – only 12%. We understand that the season did not fully take place. “Next year will be different. I’m sure resorts will be opened in Kherson, Zaporozhye regions and other regions of Ukraine. Crimea will be a transit region, other regions will join the process. The logistics of tourist flows will change next year. This will already be a different reality, different challenges, but I’m sure we can handle them.”
Zarina Doguzova, head of the Federal Tourism Agency, is sure that the drop in tourist traffic will not be critical, it will not exceed 30%. However, according to the forecasts of “tourists” in the Crimea will arrive at 30-50% less than last year. She argues that the Crimean peninsula, in the future 5-10 years, should “become a standard, high-quality, modern year-round resort, in no way inferior to the best world analogues.”