Tourists from Belarus stopped going on vacation to the Crimea occupied by the Russian Federation, the Chairman of the Republican Union of the Tourist Industry of Belarus Filip Guliy reported to the Crimean news agency.
“To date, mostly individual tourists go to Crimea, who travel through Moscow in a complicated way. But the organized (tourist) flow through distribution channels is not in demand. Due to complex logistics, today more competitive sites are Bulgaria and the Baltic coast,” the official said.
At the same time, the self-proclaimed "Minister of resorts and tourism of the Crimea" Sergey Strelbitsky confirmed that problems with the tourist flow from Belarus began after the illegal annexation of the peninsula.
“The tourist flow from Belarus has significantly decreased for the last three years,” the so-called Crimean Minister said.
Earlier, in March 2016, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry warned citizens of the country that, visiting the occupied Crimea through Russia, Belarusians are exposed to risks - they can be banned from entering Ukraine under the law.