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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

"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...

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