"Air tickets retailers have already recorded up to 25 percent recession in demand on flights to occupied Simferopol by individual travelers. Travel agencies expect that the growth in the field of conventional tourism will also stop in 2017. Those Russians who have once traveled to occupied Crimea prefer a more advanced infrastructure of Sochi," the outlet notes.
"The information collected by Svyaznoy.travel shows that the demand on air tickets to Simferopol has declined by more than 25 percent. The company estimates that no more than 35 percent of the overall bookings have been made to this direction in 2016 compared to 50 percent of ones in 2015. According to company's head of sales Andrey Osintsev, this slump was expected.
"We predicted this effect based on the results of last year's holiday season: the peninsula infrastructure cannot provide the same quality of services as the Russians got used to in Turkey and Egypt, while many travelers who have already visited occupied Crimea have decided that they are not yet ready to vacation there regularly," he explained.
The decline in popularity of the occupied territories has also been observed by other agencies. According to Biletix, bookings of air tickets to this direction for summer have decreased by 7.5 percent, while the price of an average ticket has increased by 23 percent to 10,800 Russian Ruble (about $166).