On the expediency of travel during the war and the future of Ukrainian tourism - the head of SATD
The worst times for Ukrainian tourism are yet to come, as well as the best. The head of the State Tourism Development Agency, Maryana Oleskiv, spoke about how the war affected tourism, whether it is advisable to travel now and what will happen to tourism in the future.
According to Olekiv, in the first months of the year, revenues to the state budget from the tourism industry decreased by 18%. But these data are not indicative, Maryana notes, because the tourist season in Ukraine usually began only in May and lasted until mid-autumn. The greatest losses still have to be counted.
"Given that one job in tourism creates about ten jobs in related industries. That is, if a person travels with a tour operator, then restaurants, food manufacturers, washing facilities, some entertainment facilities, and so on, work. All of this is actually suspended today. But little by little it starts to recover,” says the head of STDA.
Maryana says that many Ukrainians are now worried about the advisability of recreation and tourist trips. But tour operators already have requests from Ukrainians for short family trips around Ukraine and a small amount for trips abroad for mothers with children.
As the head of SATD notes, the war in Ukraine had a significant impact on the country's tourism potential. After the victory, it is expected that the number of foreign tourists in Ukraine will grow.
“We pay a rather high price so that no one in the world has any questions about what Ukraine is and where it is located ... Therefore, the first important step has already been taken for Ukraine to attract tourists here. Then there are security and accessibility issues. As soon as we win and the country becomes accessible for travel, air travel will resume - many people will certainly want to come to us, ” says Maryana.
First of all, Oleskiv says, tourists will want to see places associated with the war: hero cities, places of military glory, and so on. And subsequently, the demand for leisure tourism is also expected.
The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
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Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
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