According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the level of tourism in Crimea is still lower than during the Soviet era.
Putin said this at the Russian Popular Front Forum.
According to him, the level of internal tourism has substantially grown in Russia during recent years, but largely at the expense of rising costs for trips abroad. “The truth is that we have such a world-class year-round tourism center as Sochi. Now there are options to rest in Crimea, although there is still much to do to develop that tourism cluster and in order to reach the level of the Soviet Union. Now it is much lower than even during the Soviet Union,” said Putin.
Earlier, Putin said that the Crimean infrastructure was designed for people with low incomes who could not afford to rest in Sochi.