In 2018, the proceeds from the tourism industry into the state budget of Ukraine increased by 250%, to UAH 4.2 billion.
“The local authorities have significantly increased spending on tourism development owing to the decentralization reform. Kyiv had only UAH 300,000 in 2014, and today it has more than UAH 12 million; Odesa had 0, and now it has UAH 3.7 million; Lviv region had UAH 500,000 in 2014, and now it has almost UAH 3 million; Chernivtsi had UAH 200,000, and now it has UAH 1.5 million. There is dynamics in each city,” First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv said at the Cabinet’s meeting.
According to him, the proceeds from the economic entities of the tourism industry into the consolidated state budget grew by 250% in 2018.
“Such proceeds totaled UAH 1.7 billion, and now we have received UAH 4.2 billion. The number of jobs has grown 5-fold, the proceeds from paying tourist tax have increased 10-fold, the number of tourism industry entities has increased 5-fold, and the number of domestic tourists has grown more than 6-fold,” Kubiv said.
He recalled that the government had harmonized 18 national standards in the field of tourism and health resorts.
“This is important for regional centers and small towns, we have to continue it. We have harmonized the legislative field guiding by the principles laid down in the European integration process. Tourism sector in Ukraine accounts for 1.5% of GDP, but in the developed countries, a corresponding indicator is 10%,” the Vice Prime Minister added. (Ukrinform/Business World Magazine)