New US sanctions target Russian hotel in Crimea recognized as world’s best – RT Business News
The latest US sanctions against Russia hit four hotels in Crimea, including the Mriya Resort & Spa, ranked the world’s best hotel and resort by the prestigious World Travel Awards.
On Thursday, the US Treasury Department expanded the list of previously introduced sanctions against Russia linked to Ukraine. The new list includes two Ukrainians, a Russian officer and nine entities. The punitive measures were initially introduced in response to the reunification of the Crimean peninsula with Russia after a regional referendum in 2014. Washington had also accused Moscow of interfering in Ukrainian domestic politics and fueling the conflict in Ukraine. eastern Ukraine.
Mriya Resort & Spa of Russia is located 25 kilometers from the Crimean city of Yalta. The complex was built with financial support from Russian state-controlled lender Sberbank and is used to host the Yalta International Economic Forum.
The hotel was named the best hotel and vacation resort by the World Travel Awards in 2017. The previous year, the jury of the travel industry’s most prestigious awards program recognized Mriya Resort & Spa as the first European leisure complex. In 2015, Mriya won the title of Europe’s first new beach resort.
Founded in 1923, World Travel aims to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry. The awards are decided by open vote and have been described as “the Oscars of the travel industry”.
Earlier this month, the World Spa Awards ranked the Russian hotel third among the best spas in the world. Mriya was only dominated by Dubai-based Armani Spa and Iridium Spa located in the Maldives.
In addition to Mriya Resort & Spa, the US sanctions target Ai-Petri Spa, Dulber Resort and Miskhor Resort – all located in Crimea and established by companies working on the peninsula.
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