Tourists still go to Sergeeevka – a cheap Black Sea resort which travel agencies present as a beautiful spot. What we see is not so wonderful. Let’s try to figure out why Black Sea resorts die.
The very site is in fact very lovely. It is famous for its therapeutic muds. In the Soviet times everything was fine: people came to this prosperous resorts and a lot of hotels were built.
Let’s have a look at one.
Can you imagine 16 storeys of complete ruin? What is even more shocking is that the hotel is recorded as working one. Travel agencies offer this hotel as “modern 16-storey hotel with rooms for different number of people including suites with upholstered furniture”.
This furniture is definitely not from the web advertisement. It is probably for simpler rooms.
“Cook’s corner”. The cook retired long ago.
“Bar Neptune”. You won’t be able to enjoy your drink either. The licence was cancelled years ago.
“Dear _____ It’s your birthday today…”
Old greeting card says that it is 1990, not 2011.
In all the 16 storeys there are only a few things produced after the collapse of the Soviet union.
It is the view of the main street of Sergeeevka. Pay attention to the ratio of deserted and inhabited buildings.
No travel agency web page will say that the resort looks like this.
“Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Little Prince. Land Of Men”