Ukrainian capital sees tourism rebound: study

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Tourism in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, is rebounding after a more than three-year crisis, local media said Thursday, citing an industry body’s study.

The average occupancy rate in Kiev’s quality hotels has risen to 46 percent in the first half of 2017, said a report unveiled by the International JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group.

According to the report, the figure marked the highest hotel occupancy rate in Kiev since 2013.

The hotel revenues in January-June this year have also returned to positive territory, reaching the highest level in four years, it said.

The overall stabilization of the situation in Ukraine and the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Kiev in May, were the main factors contributing to the tourism rebound, said the report.

According to the industry body’s forecast, Kiev’s tourism market has the potential to continue to rise next year, as the city will host the 2018 UEFA Champions League final.

“If the political situation in the country remains stable, the gradual recovery of Kiev hotels’ operational performance will continue,” Tatiana Veller, the regional head of the JLL Hotels and Hospitality Group, said in the report.

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