“Crimea resorts are closed”: leader calls on Russians not to visit during pandemic
The leader of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov said that visitors should stop coming to the peninsula during the coronavirus pandemic, after a surge in traffic which was observed this weekend.
Crimea banned all hotels and guest houses from hosting tourists without negative Covid-19 test results until June 1. Still, regional authorities noted a nearly 40% uptick in Friday’s vehicle traffic into Crimea from Russia.
“I never thought that I’d make this plea to fellow citizens, but there’s no other way: I strongly ask all our citizens to refrain from coming to Crimea, both for business and leisure,” Sergei Aksyonov said.
“All Crimean sanatoriums and vacation spots are closed,” Aksyonov said in a video address posted on his social media accounts.
Crimea’s air traffic has fallen by an estimated three-quarters and rail traffic five-fold during the pandemic.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.