EU's Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price pain

December 21, 2014 10:30 AM

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EU's Alpine tourism hubs brace for fewer Russian visits amid Ukraine, ruble and oil-price pain

FILE - In this Jan.18, 2003 file photo, the Belle Plagne ski resort (2,050 meters) in the Savoie region, French Alps. Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and a slump in the ruble are echoing in the French Alps, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers, taxi drivers and ski stations in France's wintertime hotspots say a tourism boom by big-spending Russians in recent years is about to melt because of Russia's economic crisis, Western sanctions and falling oil prices. (AP Photo/Patrick Gardin, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Dec.17, 2011 file photo, snow falls on the finish area after an alpine ski women's World Cup giant slalom in Courchevel, France. Russia's tensions with the West over Ukraine and a slump in the ruble are echoing in the French Alps, just in time for ski season. Hoteliers, taxi drivers a...

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