In July-August 2020, about 200,000 foreign tourists visited Ukraine. However, after the borders were closed as part of the quarantine measures, the flow of travelers has decreased by about four times.
Head of the State Agency for Tourism Development Maryana Oleskiv said this at a meeting with representatives of the travel industry in Odesa, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“In the summer months, especially in July-August, the State Agency for Tourism Development recorded an increase in the number of foreign tourists in Ukraine. According to the State Border Guard Service, about 200,000 tourists came to us in these months. However, we are now observing a downturn trend. Over three weeks of September, according to the State Border Guard Service, the flow of tourists decreased by about four times," Oleskiv noted.
According to her, the State Tourism Agency will strengthen cooperation with the State Border Guard Service in order to regularly receive statistical data on how many foreign tourists have visited Ukraine. The Agency will publish these figures on its Facebook page.
Oleskiv added that the Ukrainian travel industry had lost USD 1 billion as a result of quarantine measures related to COVID-19.