<p>Russian travel agents have seen sales<br /> of package holidays to Crimea fall by almost a third, new data has revealed.</p> <p>Sales for trips to Crimea was down 30<br /> percent in June compared to the same time last year, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rostourunion.ru/">the Russian<br /> Travel Industry Union (PCT) reported on Monday.</a></p> <p>PCT spokesperson Irina Tyurina said<br /> that more Russian holidaymakers were choosing to travel abroad thanks<br /> to the growing stability of the ruble. The end of Kremlin sanctions<br /> against Turkey — a popular destination among Russian tourists —<br /> also affected the domestic travel market, with resorts across<br /> Russia’s Black Sea coast suffering similar declines, she said.</p> <p>The number of Russians traveling abroad<br /> plummeted in 2015-2016, falling from 17 million to 9 million people<br /> annually. 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