European tourism opening for Ukrainians is big new business

European tourism opening for Ukrainians is big new business

5,000 Ukrainian tourists without visa got on the planes, in their cars or on the train to visit European Union Countries and entered European Union Schengen areas in a 24 hour period on June 17 alone.

Since the end of the visa requirement for Ukrainians to visit Schengen countries, what happened  just one week ago, a new tourism opportunity for European Union countries is already booming.  Tour operators, hotels, shops in Poland have a hard time keeping up with the new tourism influx.

Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest are just some of the new train link that increased frequency to handle the business.

As often said by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, and by WTTC and other tourism organization, open borders, electronic visas are the future for the travel and tourism industry.


Since the beginning of the cancellation of visas at EU border crossing, only 22 Ukrainians have been refused to enter. Since June 11, Ukrainian passport holders showing passports with biometric features are eligible for the visa waiver program.


The only losers are visa facilitation companies in Ukraine.

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Author: Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.

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