Vilkul: Up to 50 m tourists to visit Ukraine every year by 2022

The state program for tourism development until 2022 foresees an increase in the number of tourists who visit Ukraine to 50 million per year, Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul has said.

"We set the goal of doubling by 2022 the number of tourists who come to our country to 50 million people per year. Special attention is also being paid to the development of domestic tourism. To this end, a special program will be drafted with the participation of experts by the end of the year," he said at a press conference at the Cabinet of Ministers, while presenting a strategy for the development of tourism and resorts until 2022.

He added that Ukraine, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, ranks 9th in Europe by the number of tourists visiting the country.

Vilkul said that the strategy foresees the determination of tourism specializations in the regions to ensure the most effective use of resort facilities, natural and human potential.

As part of the implementation of the strategy, Ukrainian legislation in the field of tourism and resorts will be brought into line with European standards, Vilkul said.

"Tourists should be sure that the service meets the number of 'stars' in the same way as in any European country," he said.

According to the deputy prime minister, the number of jobs in the tourism sector in Ukraine by 2022 is expected to grow by 2.5 times, to one million jobs.

As reported, in August 2013, the government adopted a strategy for the development of tourism and resorts by 2022. The Cabinet of Ministers instructed the State Agency for Tourism and Resorts to draft a state program for the development of tourism and resorts by the end of 2013.