SEVASTOPOL, March 17. /TASS/. The federal support provided in 2022 to the tourist industry of Crimea helped to save jobs in the industry. The head of the region, Sergei Aksyonov, during a meeting on the socio-economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol on Friday, turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to allocate about 2 billion rubles more to Crimea and Sevastopol in 2023.
“As for resorts and tourism, we had 6.5 million vacationers last year. Of course, logistics made its own adjustments. The government of the Russian Federation allocated money to us – we received support in the amount of the minimum wage for 32 thousand practically people – these are employees of enterprises on that account “We ask you to support Crimea and Sevastopol in the same amount this year – in the region of 2 billion rubles,” Aksyonov said, addressing the President of the Russian Federation.
The head of Crimea added that in nine years more than 60 tourist accommodation facilities have been built in Crimea and about 500 have been repaired. According to him, in 2023, the Crimean Bridge will remain the main route for tourists to Crimea; in 2022 alone, 2.5 million vehicles passed through it towards the peninsula. At the moment, the issues of reducing the time of inspection procedures at the entrances to the bridge are being addressed. Aksyonov said that 83,000 cars have been transported by the Kerch ferry since the resumption of its work. About 96,000 cars passed through the new land corridor, which passes through the territories of the regions that became part of the Russian Federation following the results of the referenda.
In 2022, the government of the Russian Federation approved the allocation of 1.6 billion rubles from the reserve fund by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia to support the tourism industry of the Crimean peninsula. These funds were used for lump-sum payments to 1.5 thousand companies and individual entrepreneurs working in the tourism sector, which is about 70% of all business in the Crimean industry.