9.3% more tourists spent their vacations in Crimea in 2019 compared to 2018, when the tourism industry of the peninsula set an absolute record for its entire post-Soviet history, having accommodated 6.8 million vacationers. Last year − in 2019 − the total number of tourist arrivals to the peninsula amounted to 7.43 million. This was announced by the head of the Republic Sergei Aksyonov on his Facebook page.
More than a half of the guests arrived on the hospitable peninsula over the bridge across the Strait of Kerch.
"57% of the guests arrived on the peninsula over the Crimean Bridge, and more than 6 thousand of them − by trains on the railway route opened at the end of the year. In total, more than 2.5 million vehicles passed over the bridge to Crimea", — S.Aksyonov said.
He emphasized that according to the Ministry of Resorts and Tourism of the Republic, 200 thousand more guests would come to the region during the New Year’s holidays.
"Especially for skeptics who do not believe the figures and claim that they were nearly taken out of thin air, I explain: all statistics on the number of vacationers are carefully studied, analyzed and compared, including information on tax revenues to the budget of the Republic. It is clear that there is also a shadow sector that does not fall into statistics. But in general, the above figures give an objective picture that allows us to judge the changes in the dynamics of the tourist flow and to plan the work of the industry taking into account these changes", — S.Aksyonov summed up.