The head of the Yalta administration Andrey Filonov said that in 2017 the flow of tourists in Crimea decreased due to the high cost of flights from the far regions of Russia. On Tuesday, August 8, he said during a press conference, reports the Agency "kriminform".
"If we develop domestic tourism in the country, if we have a strategy to develop domestic tourism, so should be subsidized internal flights, not the airlines, which distribute them at their discretion, but must be compensated for flights to those tour operators that carry people," said Filonov.
He added that hotels that are "overpriced", now sparsely populated, and tourists prefer the private sector. At the same time, the hotels premium segment of tourists filled almost completely. "But this middle segment, where a room should cost 1.7 to 2.1 thousand rubles when pulled up prices and made it from 3.5 to 4 or 5 thousand people refused," — said the mayor of Yalta.
13 June, the mayor of Yalta Andrew Rostenko tied the reduction of tourist flow to the Crimea with a small number of flights and lack of incentives.
In the same month, the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) reported that due to the growth of the number of guests in the Crimea in 2016 by 21.2 percent (to 5.57 million people) the most popular accommodation facilities is significantly increased prices in the summer of 2017.
This policy has led to a significant drop in the number of booked tours to the Crimea. Tour operators estimated reduction in the flow of tourists to 20 percent of hoteliers in 12 percent compared to June, 2016.