The Head of Tourism for the Ukrainian Capital, Kyiv has stated the city will work to promote all of Ukraine during the Eurovision Song Contest.
In an interview with Liga, Anton Taranenko stated that Kyiv will be working with other Ukrainian cities to promote the country during the Eurovision Song Contest. Mr Taranenko said that discussions will begin next week with a number of tour operators to create packages for visitors that would include visits to cities outside of Kyiv alongside the Eurovision Song Contest. The Department of Tourism will also be encouraging cities to host their own fan zones for the contest.
Ukraine is optimistic about the numbers of visitors who will visit Kyiv for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Mr Taranenko stated that they expect no less than 20,000 visitors from across Europe to visit Kyiv during the two weeks that rehearsals and the contest is being held, with each visitor spending around 150 Euros a day. The city expects the economy to receive a boost of 30 million Euros from the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest.
With regards to accommodation in Kyiv and ensuring that it is affordable for the duration of the contest, the city will be meeting with hoteliers next week. The city hopes that prices will rise by no more than 10 to 15% during the Eurovision Song Contest. Reports in the Ukrainian press have stated that prices have more than doubled for certain accommodation over the past week.
Kyiv was announced as the host city for the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This is the second time that the Ukrainian Capital has host the Eurovision Song Contest, and the fourth time they have hosted a Eurovision contest. To date a total of 31 countries have provisionally confirmed that they will compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.