Crimea’s Tourism Industry Ruined by Russian Annexation

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, which led to a flurry of Western sanctions against Russia, marked a drastic shift in the peninsula’s tourism landscape as it had to reorient itself towards the Russian market.

Hotel owners told that their “main task this year is to survive, not to make a profit.”

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. This is according to the report of Reuters.

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.

“If people come at all, they might trickle in at the end of July or in August,” said Kirichenko, who has begun delivering food to compensate for her empty 30-bed hostel in Sudak on Crimea’s southern coast. “This won’t be a livelihood, but a hobby.”

Mriya Resort & SPA, another hotel located in the resort city of Yalta, has estimated it will lose 27% of its annual revenue even if it is authorised to reopen next month.

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, said Pavel Lebedev, an official from the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Ukraine’s former defence minister.

The peninsula had recorded 515 coronavirus cases and 14 deaths as of 27 May.

(c) QHA

6 comments

  1. “This won’t be a livelihood, but a hobby.”

    If you hadn’t supported the Russian hobby of invading Ukraine, things would have been a lot different. BTW it’s been raining heavily in Kyiv for the last few weeks.

    • Rain? Since the first day of the lockdown we have total bleu skies, one day it was cloudy! 73 days or so in a row, not normal here! I have Spain already 2,5 months on my balconies.pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff.

  2. It is terrible that a beautiful place like Crimea is occupied by savages. God willing, it will return to its rightful owners and the savages will get their long-deserved comeuppance.

      • They can’t even produce a fucking Toilet. How they expect to make something that has eluded the first world manufacturers and the world’s finest minds baffles me.

  3. So those thieving fuck pigs haven’t stolen all the businesses yet then.

    I suppose those they haven’t stolen have been left in the hands of quislings, if that’s the case I hope they go tits up. Then when Crimea is returned those businesses can be given back in compensation to those displaced by the Toilet thieves.

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