Number of foreign tourists in Ukraine decreased twice due to hostilities in Donbas – Hospitality Industry Association

13.03.2017 14:54 646

The annual number of foreigners who visit Ukraine has decreased by half because of military operations in Donbas.

Chairman of the Hospitality Industry Association of Ukraine Oleksandr Liyev said this to an Ukrinform correspondent.

"The tourist flow of foreigners to Ukraine is declining. From 2013 to 2016 the number of foreigners who come to Ukraine fell by half. If in 2013 it was 24 million people, then in 2014 it was already 12 million. The reason is, of course, the war," he said.

According to him, in 2015 a total of 12.4 million foreign citizens visited Ukraine, and in 2016, according to inconclusive data, 12.6 million people visited the country.

According to Liyev, in 2014, most of the flow of foreign tourists in Ukraine was made by citizens of Russia and Belarus.

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