KYIV (QHA) -

Service Booking.com banned the possibility of booking accommodation in the occupied Crimea, according to the information on the company's website when trying to book accommodation on the annexed peninsula.

“We’re sorry, it is not possible to make leisure reservations in Crimea at this time on our website,” reads the message.

In turn, the owner of one of the hostels in the village of Sudak on her Facebook page stated that she applied to the company to which she received an official response. The company's reply says that the reservation is limited due to the EU sanction.

“Booking.com always strives to comply with all relevant and applicable laws in force in the territory where it operates. As Booking.com B.V. is based in the Netherlands, we must comply with EU trade sanctions against the Crimea. According to the sanctions, Booking.com is not allowed to offer any services directly related to the tourist activities in the Crimea,” she wrote.

QHA reported that In the occupied Crimea, the average rental rate of apartments has increased by 9.8% and comprises 21,495 rubles per month (about 345 USD). The Director General of the portal "World of apartments" on the annexed peninsula Pavel Lutsenko noted that prices are just starting to grow.

QHA