The influx of foreign tourists has begun to the capital with 200 people a day coming to a tourist information centre in Khreshchatyk. The same number was observed during Euro 2012. The guides explain that  positive advertising of Kyiv in the foreign media after the football championship makes people come here. Foreigners come to Ukraine with lists of places to visit and often stay free in the apartments of Kyiv citizens.

"There was not such an influx before the Euro 2012, now 200 foreigners come to us every day! They come from all over the world with children or just couples," the information centre administrator Karina Krasnogorova said.

The tourists admit that they have decided to come to Kyiv after reading in the local press about the beauty of the city, its cheapness and positive people. In addition, many people like our climate, as it’s not hot as in the Southern Europe, but very sunny. "Many people were advised to visit Kyiv by their friends and fans that were here at Euro 2012. Therefore, most visitors have their own lists of must-visit places, mostly including Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia Cathedral, Pirogovo. A tour to Chernobyl is still popular. Almost everyone wants to get to the Chernobyl zone," Krasnogorova said.
Part of the tourists lives in Kyiv for free.

The guides predict greater influx of tourists in August-September: "At this time the foreigners have the rush of holidays and people will go to us. So we are waiting for even more excitement."


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