Crimea assures safety to Indian tourists

Mumbai: In the wake of recent
disturbances, Crimean authorities have assured Indian tourists
that the country is a "safe travel destination" and said "all
is well" in the region.
    "I want to assure tourists from India that Crimea is a
safe travel destination," Prime Minister of the Republic of
Crimea, Sergey Valeryevich Aksyonov, said.
    Crimea has been under Russian control since 2014.
    "We welcome guests. Especially as Russia and India
have long-term friendly relations," a statement quoting
Aksyonov, issued here, said.
    According to the Russian Federal Security Service,
armed clashes took place in northern Crimea last month
involving a group that had allegedly came from Ukrainian
territory to commit acts of terrorism in public places and
thus disrupt the tourist season on the peninsula.
    "In the last two years, many politicians, business
representatives and tourists from countries like France,
Italy, Germany, USA, Japan, China, Israel, Poland and Jordan
visited Crimea," he said.
    "The inflow of tourists to Crimea has increased.
Crimea remains one of the most popular holiday destinations
for those from Russia and outside," Aksyonov said.
    The Kerch Sea Ferry, which connects the mainland of
Russia and Crimea, transported about 59,000 passengers in a
day, showing Crimea's great demand as a resort destination, he
said.
    This year, the number of Ukrainian tourists to Crimea
rose by 15 per cent, he said.
    "We are planning fam (familiarisation) trips for tour
operators and media to Crimea to woo tourists," he added.
    "We believe that a vacation in the Crimea should be
safe, comfo table and interesting and also value for money for
the tourists," he said.

PTI