Ukraine has ranked high in six different international tourism ratings, thus a serious spike in arrivals is to be expected for 2013. The country as a whole, capital city Kiev, the Crimean Peninsula, Lviv, the notorious Chernobyl site as well as the Salt Tunnels of Solotvyno have been included in prestigious travel destination lists to be explored in 2013.
The Ukrainian city of Lviv’s proposed bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics looks set to go ahead following the endorsement of Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov, who said in an interview that he’s confident of the city’s chances of success.
CNN will highlight politics, culture, and business in Ukraine in the new series, Eye On Ukraine (a feature in CNN’s international Eye On programming). The new attention comes on the heels of CNN reporter, Max Foster’s coverage of the June 2012 European Football Championship, which took place in Ukraine.
With Euro 2012 just around the corner Ukraine’s leaders have reshuffled the administrative deck and come out with new vigor to make the country a vision for visitors. New tourism initiative, infrastructure improvements, and online travel assistance and portals should help make 2012 a huge success for the country. That is if everything can be pulled off in a year. President Viktor Yanukovich seems determined to make it so.