The Dutch reservations service Booking.com explained the tightening of the accommodation policy in Crimea by the fact that the company follows the current trade sanctions imposed by the EU and the Dutch government against the republic.
On Monday, January 17, the Minister of Resorts and Tourism of Crimea, Vadim Volchenko, announced that he would appeal to the Federal Antimonopoly Service in connection with the new restrictions imposed by the international service Booking.com to book a vacation on the peninsula.
“Being a Dutch company offering its services from the Netherlands, Booking.com acts in accordance with the current trade sanctions imposed by the EU and the Dutch government against Crimea,” the company explained.
The company representative claimed that “to avoid any misunderstandings regarding the position Booking.com on doing business with accommodation facilities in Crimea, which is not prohibited, Booking.com on a voluntary basis adjusted the work of the platform and the booking process to make sure that those who want to book an accommodation facility in Crimea can do so”, though specifying that it can be possible only on condition that people are not travelling for the purpose of recreation but on a work trip.
In addition, in Booking.com it was reported that now guests can book a room for only one adult, which reflects the requirements of business trips.
“We have also closed the exchange of messages between partners and hotel guests in Crimea to reduce the risk of holiday requests made in continuation of booking business trips,” the company warned.
Source: RIA Novosti