On Wednesday, Mykola Tomenko, Deputy Chairman of The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, attended the opening of ХVІІ International Tourist Exhibition UIТТ 2011 "Ukraine-Travel and Tourism", and the ceremony of awarding the top 100 hotels of Ukraine, parliamentary press office informed.  

Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, M.Tomenko stated that the state policy should have two priorities in the sector of tourism: information and infrastructure. The former aspect covers extensive information about the capacities of Ukraine as a tourist-friendly state from the point of cultural, architectural and natural potential. The latter means a proper level of tourist infrastructure (hotels, restaurants, transport infrastructure).

M.Tomenko believes that orientation for VIP-tourists is a drawback in the current activity of the public authorities and local self-government. "The preparation for EURO-2012 suggests that a strong emphasis is laid on the high-comfort hotels and fairly expensive services," he stated. However, M.Tomenko admitted that his experience as the organizer of "Seven Wonders of Ukraine" action confirmed that Ukraine should proceed from the policy of maintaining prosperous tourists to satisfaction of needs of ordinary ones.  "The key issue is that traveling and recreation in Ukraine appears to be a costly affair for both Ukrainians and foreigners. It is necessary to re-orient for the ordinary tourists," stressed the Deputy Chairman. He recommends building the hotels of a corresponding level and developing a bed and breakfast infrastructure. M.Tomenko attaches great importance to the state support of the green tourism and safe travel by car or bicycle.  

The Deputy Chairman also drew attention to the lack of a finalized tourism management model. He supports establishment of an institution entitled to independent decision-making, not a structural unit of a ministry.  

"If the strategy is changed and a more effective management model is introduced, Ukraine stands the chance to become an attractive tourism state for both Ukrainians and foreigners," summed up M.Tomenko.

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