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Goodbye Crimea, hello Odessa: Ukrainians flock to new spot

Since being seized by Russia, Crimea has lost its place in the sun as Ukrainians' summer destination of choice

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"You can probably describe what is happening as a tourism boom," said Association of Ukrainian Tour Operators President Igor Golubakha.

Odessa, Ukraine

IRINA Chapravska has just snapped up the last room of a luxury hotel that costs 300 euros (S$481) a night and offers a panoramic view of Ukraine's serene Black Sea coastline.

But this is not Crimea, whose pebble beaches have long been a favoured summer destination