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In 2013, the number of foreign tourists in Ukraine will increase by 10-15%, president of the Association of Tourist Industry Leaders of Ukraine Oleksandr Novikov told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
"The number of foreigners visiting Ukraine increases every year. On the average, 1.5 million foreign tourists visit Ukraine every year. In 2013, this figure will grow by 10-15%," Novikov said.
According to him, the tourism development leaders in Ukraine are Lviv and Odesa.
However, he emphasized the fact that in the future Ukraine needs to improve national policies regarding the tourism industry.
At the same time, he stressed that some changes already happen. "The programs for the tourist industry development up to 2020-2022 are being designed. However, now it is difficult to predict how effective they will be," he said.
A major problem in the tourism sector, according to Novikov, is to ensure the safety of the tourism products consumers. "People often suffer from poor service and cheaters," the association president lamented.