RUSSIAN OCCUPATION OF CRIMEA

REUTERS: Tourist trade in annexed Crimea on brink as coronavirus bites

As much as half of Crimea’s tourism-oriented businesses could close down or go bankrupt by 2021 if this year’s tourist season doesn’t take place because of the coronavirus says Pavel Lebedev, an official from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Ukraine’s former defence minister

Anastasia Lyrchikova and Anton Zverev
Saturday, 30 May 2020 02:03

Crimean hostel owner Natalia Kirichenko has given up hope of hosting guests this summer as the coronavirus outbreak threatens to ruin the economy of the tourism-dependent region that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Like more than half of the workforce on the Black Sea peninsula, Kirichenko’s livelihood depends on a steady influx of Russian tourists during its balmy summer months.

But with hotels and beaches closed, and few Russians able to travel and willing to observe a two-week quarantine upon their arrival, businesses and people reliant on Crimea’s tourism industry fear bankruptcy.

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