About 3 million tourists had visited Crimea this year as of July 26, 2012.
About 3 million tourists had visited Crimea this year as of July 26, 2012, which is 5.5% up year-over-year, the press service of the Crimean Council of Ministers has reported.
According to Crimean Resorts and Tourism Minister Oleksandr Liyev, this year the biggest growth in the tourist flow was registered in the Sudak and Feodosiya Crimean resort towns, as well as in Chornomorsky and Rozdolnensky regions, while Yalta, Alushta and Yevpatoria were the leaders in 2011.
"Growth in the tourist flow in Crimea was registered in the spring and winter periods. At the same time, the number of tourists in summer is the same as in 2011. The structure of the tourist flow has also changed: compared to 2011, the number of Russians coming by plane and car to Crimea has increased," the minister added.
According to the press service of the Crimean Council of Ministers, the number of Russians who arrived by plane has grown by 12.5%, and the number of people arriving by car totaled 15%.