Department of Tourism and Promotions at Kyiv State City Administration plans to increase the flow of foreign tourists in the capital by 25% compared to 2017, to 2 million people, head of the department Anton Taranenko has said.
“Our plan for this year is 2 million foreign tourists, this year we almost got closer to the level of 2013. This summer has become record in the past four years. Over half a year later, in 2018, more than 850,000 foreign tourists visited Kyiv, whereas in the similar the period of 2013 there were 660,000,” he said at a press briefing on Monday.
According to Taranenko, the “profile” of tourists visiting Kyiv in recent years has changed: if in 2013-2014 more than 50% of them were from Russia and post-Soviet countries, then the top five in the past year are Belarus, Israel, the United States, Germany and Turkey.
“Belarus is in the lead due to the fact that a large number of Belarusians come to Kyiv, get accommodated here for a day or two, and then go to the Black Sea coast, that is, it is short-term tourism. Israel is growing every year, and representatives of the tourist cluster of the United States and Germany are going to Kyiv due to the return of cruises to Kyiv. Turkey is always in the top five, and there is also a flow from Italy, France and the UK,” he said.
According to him, the segment of foreign leisure tourists has been growing recently.
Taranenko told Interfax-Ukraine in a comment that the ratio of “conventional” tourists to those who travel to attend an event or on business trip in the first half of 2018 was 40% to 60%, while in 2017 business tourism accounted for 70% of the entire flow. According to him, this equalizes the occupancy of hotels in the leisure season (from May to October) and in the traditional business travel season (September-May).
“In general, hotels feel much better than in previous years. The average occupancy rate from May to September is 45-50%,” he said.
Kyiv Sikorsky International Airport (Zhuliany) in January-July 2018 serviced around 1.5 million passengers, according to a posting on the official Facebook page of the airport. “On August 1, 2018, the airport serviced a 1.5 millionth passenger since the beginning of the year. The figure is indicative. It indicates the rapid and confident development of the airport. In August 2017, Hlib Deineha became the millionth passenger, he was then 3.5 years old,” the airport said.
In July, the airport serviced 351,000 passengers, which is 59.4% more than in July 2017; including 342,200 on international flights and 8,800 passengers on domestic flights. The number of flights in July 2018 was 3,328 for the arrival and departure, which is 34.1% more than the same period in 2017; of which 2,874 international flights and 454 domestic flights. The most popular international destinations in July 2018 were Antalya (Turkey), Sharm-El-Sheikh (Egypt), Minsk (Belarus), Warsaw (Poland), Ankara (Turkey), Batumi (Georgia), Tivat (Montenegro); internal – Odesa, Zaporizhia and Lviv.
In January-July 2018, the Kyiv airport serviced 1.5 million passengers, which is 64.8% more than in January-July 2017; of them 1.45 million passengers on international flights and 49,500 passengers on domestic flights.
The number of flights in January-July 2018 amounted to 16,834 for the arrival and departure, which is 38% more than the same period of 2017, of them 14,182 international flights and 2,652 domestic flights. The most popular international destinations since the beginning of 2018 have been Minsk (Belarus), Dubai (UAE), Antalya (Turkey), Ankara (Turkey), Warsaw (Poland), Rome (Italy), Budapest (Hungary); internal – Odesa, Zaporizhia and Lviv.
The press service said that the airport plans to service 2.8 million passengers by the end of 2018.
Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) is located in the business center of the capital, seven km from the city center. It is the second largest airport in Ukraine in terms of the number of flights and passenger traffic. The airport has three terminals with a total area is 21,000 square meters. Terminal B is separate facility for business-class service, it is part of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) system. The airport’s runway is able to handle B-737 and A-320 aircraft. In Q1 2018, the airport serviced 442,000 passengers, which is 50.4% more than in Q1 2017.
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) from October 25, 2018 will launch direct flights from Kyiv to La Romana (the Dominican Republic) and from December 27 – to Goa (India). According to the press service of the airline, flights to the Dominican Republic will be serviced on Mondays and Thursdays with an interval of ten days. UIA also optimizes the winter season schedule for 2018/2019.
In particular, since December 20, the airline will increase the frequency of flights between Kyiv and Bangkok to six a week, Kyiv and Istanbul – up to three daily flights. At the same time, the intensity of flights between Kyiv and Almaty will be reduced from seven to four, and between Kyiv and Astana – up to three flights a week.
“In the winter, the frequency will be slightly reduced on such European destinations from Kyiv as Larnaca, Venice, Athens, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Frankfurt, Brussels, Riga, Vilnius, Stockholm, Helsinki, London, Copenhagen, Ankara, Milan (Bergamo), Prague and Vienna, the frequency of long-haul flights to Beijing and Toronto will be reduced by one and two flights a week, respectively,” the press service of the airline said.
Also, a slight reduction in the number of flights to Tel Aviv, Baku, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Amman and Tehran is planned.
From the regions of Ukraine, there will be less direct international flights from Ivano-Frankivsk to Valencia and Alicante, and also from Lviv to Madrid.
One flight a week less will be serviced from Kyiv to Kharkiv and Lviv.
UIA was founded in 1992. According to the National Commission for Securities and the Stock Market and the state register, 100% directly or indirectly is controlled by Cypriot-based Ontobet Promotions Limited which beneficiaries are not disclosed.
After the overhaul of the big orbital road the transport burden on central streets in Kyiv would decrease, as transit vehicles would avoid central roads, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has said. The press service of the mayor of Kyiv reported that during the inspection of the construction of the overpass and the junction on the orbital road, in the section from Marshal Rokosovsky Street to Bohatyrska Street, Klitschko said that the main thoroughfare in this section will be about 2 kilometers. The plan provides for the construction of 2 new overpasses, an underground pedestrian crossing, the installation of an embankment, the re-laying of all communications and utility networks. Also landscaping of the adjacent territory will be provided.
According to him, now work has been done to prepare for the construction of overpasses through Bohatyrska Street and through the railway. The tunnel part of the underground pedestrian crossing was made. The development of earth embankment has begun. All the work at the site should be completed next autumn.
Also Klitschko checked up how works on overhaul of Kulzhenko Family Street are being conducted. After the repair there will be a direct exit to the orbital road, which is currently under construction. This will significantly relieve the area of Taras Shevchenko Square from especially transit transport, this will reduce the number of “traffic jams” in the area. Klitschko reminded that over the previous two years more than 500 kilometers of roads were repaired in Kyiv. And at least 300 kilometers are planned to be renewed this year.
Real wages in Ukraine in June 2018 compared to June 2017 increased by 13%, compared to May 2018 by 4.8%, the State Statistics Service has reported. It said the average nominal wage of full-time employees in June 2018 compared to May 2018 rose by 4.8%, in annual terms by 24.2%, amounting to UAH 9,141, while in May it was UAH 8,725, in April some UAH 8,480, in March some UAH 8,382, in February some UAH 7,828, and in January UAH 7,711.
According to statistics, the largest growth in the average wage of full-time employees in June 2018 compared with June 2017 was observed in Zakarpattia (28.2%), Zhytomyr (27.4%), Dnipropetrovsk (27%), Poltava (26%), Vinnytsia and Zaporizhia (26.9%), Mykolaiv and Kirovohrad (25.8%), Volyn (25.6%), Ternopil (24.8%), Kyiv (24%), Khmelnytsky (23.7%), Lviv (23.6%), Cherkasy (23.5%), Ivano-Frankivsk (21.9%), Chernivtsi and Chernihiv regions and Kyiv (22.2%).
Wage growth in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (excluding part of the joint forces operation) was 20% and 33.4% respectively.
The highest level of wages in the past month was recorded in Kyiv at UAH 13,553, the lowest one in Chernihiv region at UAH 7,341.
Ukraine’s retail trade in January-June 2018 increased by 6.2%.
Four regions (City of Kyiv with Kyiv region, Dnipropetrovsk region, Kharkiv region and Odesa region) amount to 51% of total trade turnover.
Luhansk and Ternopil are on the last places.
In June 2018 alone, retail trade decreased by 0.8% compared to May 2018, but it grew by 6.3% compared to June 2017.