Astonishing numbers considering the obstacles
This year Crimea is on track to record 700,000 visits by tourists from Ukraine. Last year the number was 800,000, and in 2015 it was 400,000.
The number was far higher before the war when it was about 4 million. Even so, hundreds of thousands of tourists is still a huge number when you consider the Ukrainian post-Maidan economic crisis and the fact that Ukraine discourages its citizens from crossing, and imposes tedious, 10-hour-long traffic jams on the border.