Kozak hopes tourism will partly switch from Turkey, Egypt to Crimea

Crimea could be granted the status of a special economic zone

The Russian government has until April 5 to approve a roadmap for promoting tourism in Crimea, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said.

"A concrete plan, a roadmap for supporting the resort industry of the Republic of Crimea during the transition period must be approved before April 5," Kozak told reporters after a meeting chaired by the prime minister, which focused on the socio-economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol.

We are already considering proposals to orient major employers towards buying holiday packages for their employees not to Turkey and Egypt, but to Crimea, Kozak said.

"There is such an appeal, a request to Russian businesses, primarily in the northern regions, those who distribute holiday packages, to re-orient towards the resort industry of the Republic of Crimea. This is one of the key economic sectors of the peninsula," Kozak said.

Special economic zone

Crimea could be granted the status of a special economic zone, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

"We will need to provide additional preferences to the new Russian regions. I think that it is possible to consider the issue of establishing a special economic zone in Crimea," Medvedev said at a meeting dedicated to social and economic development of Crimea and Sevastopol on Monday.

During the transition period, which is scheduled for Crimea's integration in Russia's social and economic life and which will last until January 1, 2015, enterprises working in Crimea under Russian jurisdiction could be relieved of paying taxes, the prime minister said.

It is necessary "to get down to issuing patents for business activities without delay," Medvedev said.

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