Officials in Yalta, Crimea, are nervous but hopeful about this year’s tourism season

By Carol Morello, March 29, 2014

YALTA, CRIMEA — At the czar’s summer palace, where the 1945 Yalta Conference was held, curators anticipating waves of Russian tourists are preparing a new art exhibit in the solarium.

With the smell of fresh paint lingering in the air at every hotel, prices are being slashed for package tours from Russia, and the Crimean Tourism Ministry is encouraging residents to tell their relatives and friends that everything is calm in Crimea.

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