The occupation authorities of the Crimea recognized the fact of a decrease in the number of tourists who visited the peninsula occupied by Russia, which follows from the statement of the "Ministry of Resorts and Tourism" press service.

“5395.1 thousands tourists rested in the Crimea in 2017, which is 3.2% less than the level of the previous year. Out of the total number of tourists arriving in the Crimea for January-December of 2017, 43% came by air transport, 42% by ferry, and 15% by other transport means," reads the invaders’ message.

Reportedly, about 45% of tourists stayed on the South Coast, and 21.3% - on the western coast, 18.6% - on the east coast, the rest chose other areas of the occupied peninsula. The so-called ministry also noted the growth in the number of public beaches - from 66% in 2016 to 73% in 2017.

The “ministry” reported the arrival of 2.8 million tourists in July. Over seven months, the drop in tourist flow has been 5%. Note, the occupiers reported that in 2016, Crimea was visited by 5.57 million people.

Earlier in the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation stated that the occupied Crimea was no longer a popular destination for Russians for the New Year. The most popular in the rating were St. Petersburg, Moscow and Sochi. It was also noted that foreign resorts like Thailand, Vietnam, India, the UAE and Israel are beating Crimea in the rating as well.