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Over 2.6 million tourists visit Crimea since start of 2012

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July 24, 2012, 7:21 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Some 2.64 million tourists have already holidayed in Crimea since the beginning of 2012, which was 5.2% more than the figure for 2011, the Crimean resort and information center reported on Tuesday, citing Crimean Resorts and Tourism Minister Oleksandr Liyev.
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Simferopol – Some 2.64 million tourists have already holidayed in Crimea since the beginning of 2012, which was 5.2% more than the figure for 2011, the Crimean resort and information center reported on Tuesday, citing Crimean Resorts and Tourism Minister Oleksandr Liyev. 

"The geography of tourists is changing positively. The eastern, western and central regions in Crimea are more popular this year. In 2011, the situation with tourist flows to the regions in Crimea was the opposite – due to the crisis in Belarus, the eastern and northwestern regions of Crimea went through the season at a level of minus 5%," Liyev said.

In addition, he said that the amount of funds invested in the upgrading of accommodation facilities significantly increased in 2012. He said that about UAH 1 billion had been invested by the beginning of the tourist season, whereas in 2010 the figure was Hr 470 million. 

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 24, 2012, 7:44 p.m.    

My wife wants to show me Crimea in all its splendid glory. Just by looking at photos, must be absolutely picturesque!

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rcd1 July 24, 2012, 8:38 p.m.    

Yes it is... I've vacationed there twice and it is a blast as well as breathtaking. It is a "best kept secret" that most in the West know nothing about. I think Euro 12 has increased the knowledge and image a bit of Ukraine and wonderful places such as Crimea will benefit greatly. Oh... be sure to check out the Zoo and Aquarium in the mountains (Yalta area) and also there is a 1000 year old winery and an absolutely beautiful botanical garden that is a must see (Also Yalta area). That's just starters!
Best of travels to ya!

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 6:04 p.m.    

Ta for the tips matie. We had Crimean wine at our wedding and still keep a few bottles of Red in the cellar for our first anniversary. Although not vintage, it has some potential. We would like to see the traditional sights, like the Swallow's Nest, but also go off the beaten track along the coast.

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