State programs on development of tourism have not yet been financed, as declared minister of culture and tourism of Ukraine Ihor Lykhovy during a hot line in Cabinet of Ministers.

This year the state provides for programs of conducting famous fairs and programs “Castles and palaces” and “Sea breeze of Crimea”. However, according to Lykhovy, Ukraine allocates only 50-60 ths hryvnias, while Poland, for example, spends 150-200 ths dollars. Lykhovy also assures that Ukraine lacks for money even for these programs.

According to the minister, Ukraine plans to cooperate with Poland with the purpose of restoration of cultural monuments. Hence, concession of castles to Poland is one of the ways to restore cultural complexes. Castles, fortresses, citadels and palaces will be ceded in long-term cultural circulation to interested persons, including Poles. Lykhovy hopes that for ten years of use these cultural monuments will be restored, and users will renew their household functions.

Restoration of cultural monuments needs great means, as far as creation of a whole infrastructure, as castles do not have normal roads and services. At the same time, all these works will be financed at the expense of users. To earn such money, temporary owners in addition to exhibitions will organize hotels or restaurants, golf, billiard or other entertainments, explained the minister.

Lykhovy hopes that in a month it will be possible to talk about realization of this program. But ahead of this a corresponding law should come in to prevent problems with castles’ land, which is free of taxes.


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