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But as the tense standoff between armed Russian
invaders and the Ukrainian military bases they have besieged continues,
hospitality and service providers are fretting about the upcoming tourism
season. 

Currently pre-paid travel packages – a key indicator
of expected travel – are down a whopping 90 percent year-on-year, reports
Oleksandr Burdonov, director of Kurorty Krymu (Resorts of Crimea), a local
tourism industry association. 

Acting Minister for Resorts and Tourism of
Crimea Alexander Liev told the Kyiv Post that the flow of tourists to Crimea
could drop by 30 percent, or to 4.1 million people, because of the ongoing
political crisis. This is the most optimistic prediction for the Crimean vacation
season this year. 

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