Holding the final of the UEFA Champions League in Kyiv, which took place on May 26, will lead to an increase in the flow of foreign tourists to the Ukrainian capital, the Kyiv City State Administration has said. “To date, we expect an increase in the tourist flow due to this sporting holiday. In 2016 Kyiv hosted 1.3 million foreigners, in 2017 – 1.6 million. We also associate this with the Eurovision song contest. Therefore, such an event as the Champions League final will definitely bring an additional effect,” Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Oleksiy Reznikov said at a press conference in Kyiv.
He noted that 180 hotels for 20,000 people had been completely redeemed for the Champions League final six months before the match. In addition, according to him, on the initiative of Kyiv citizens, foreign fans lived free of charge in about 2,000 households. “We have already paid UAH 14 million of hotel fees for five months of this year. So, we expect about UAH 30 million only for hotel fees,” Reznikov said.