In European rail news, Ukrainian Railways will extend their operations of the high speed (160 kmh) long distance services for the Summer. According to the news from the company, starting May 16th the Kiev-Poltava-Kharkov line services are slated to increase to three trains per day.
Coming next week, the Ukraine International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (UITT) is the country’s biggest and most crucial travel industry event. Scheduled to run from March 27th through March 29th, this year’s exhibition targets exhibitors from farther afield than ever.
Ukrainian airlines Air Onix announced last month having started regular flights between Kyiv and Bratislava. According to the reports this ends a seven year hiatus being interrupted beginning with the new schedule flights.
Visitors to Yalta, on the Black Sea in the Ukraine, will have a very rare treat in store this Summer. According to Irina Fomenko, Deputy Director of Livadia Palace, the Romanov family solarium will be open for sightseeing.
Ukraine’s State Agency for Tourism and Resorts, along with the German Organization for International Cooperation (GIZ), have begun discussions for mutually promoting Ukraine tourism. According to the official news a round-table on: “The issue of creating systemic conditions for forming and promotion of national tourism product in the domestic and international markets”, has already been held in Kiev.
Visitors to Kiev may have an opportunity like no other visitor to any city. The National Art Museum of Ukraine has a special guest on exhibition, Sleeping Beauty. You read that correctly, an art project by the same name sets Ukrainian beauty to the test, “will true love awaken Sleeping Beauty?”
The UEFA Euro 2012 football competition has generated a massive increase in the number of people traveling to Ukraine, with over 300,000 visitors crossing the Ukrainian border.
UEFA President Michel Platini and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych oversaw the grand opening of the International terminal at Lviv Danylo Halytskyi airport this week. Platini, offering words of admiration and encouragment over Ukraine’s efforts at hosting EURO 2012, told reporters on the scene the country’s efforts were nothing short of astounding.
Local people and visitors to Chernobyl will now be able to revisit the site of the world’s worst nuclear environmental catastrophe. Beginning last month, tours of the infamous site began to enthrall visitors there.
Ukraine’s Chatyr – Dag holds untold wonders for the outdoors adventurer, but none more fascinating than Marble Cave. Only very recently discovered, this subterranean marvel is already Europe’s second most visited spelunker site. The three main chambers of Marble Cave are available for visitors to explore via guided tour. For the really adventurous professional explorer, only half the cave has been explored so far.
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.