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Booking.com stops working in Crimea

A well-known service for hotel reservation supported anti-Crimea sanctions
18:33, 16 July 2018

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Service for hotel reservation Booking.com stopped working in Crimea because of sanctions, as Interfax reports.

“The system of Internet-reservation Booking.com supported anti-Crimea sanctions and eliminated the possibility for the tourists to reserve the places in Crimean accommodation facilities. The company’s website informs about this when one attempts to book a hotel or a hostel in any spot of the peninsula,” the message says.

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According to the website, the owners of the accommodation facilities have also complained about the blockage of their platforms on Booking.com. As they stated, from today Booking.com stopped gathering feedbacks and evaluations of the tourists.

“The official answer of the service is that it has to obligate the EU trade sanctions towards Crimea because it is based in the Netherlands. According to the sanctions, Booking.com is forbidden to offer any service connected with tourism in Crimea. Though business travelers may still book accommodation facilities in Crimea, any feedbacks they leave might be misinterpreted by the authorities as if Booking.com company offers tourist service in the region,” the message says.

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Earlier, at the beginning of July, the EU prolonged economic sanctions against Russia.

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