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As it is, Russia hasn’t made it easy for visitors to go and feel welcome, this latest conflict won’t do any wonders for its tourism industry.
The Association of Tour Operators of Russia projected that European and American visitors to Russia would drop by about 30 percent this year, in large part because of the crisis in Ukraine…the stark contrast with last year, when about 200,000 American tourists visited Russia, the highest number since 2008.
Tour operators in St. Petersburg said their bookings have been down sharply. SPB Tours, which leads about 14,000 visitors a year to the Hermitage and other attractions, said reservations had fallen by almost 50 percent compared with this time last year and that the company had received 200 cancellations in the last month.