Lviv City Council’s tourism office has reported that some 2.6 million tourists visited the city in Western Ukraine in 2017, spending over $754 million during their stay, UNIAN reports.
Ukraine, Poland and Belarus were the main countries of origin of Lviv’s 2017 tourists. The list of the countries whose residents traveled to Lviv most includes Turkey, Germany, the United States, Lithuania, Great Britain, the Czech Republic and Canada.
“We use three sources for tourism market research: a face-to-face survey of visitors, data provided by tourist information centers and statistics of the Lviv Tourist Barometer online system, which collects information from tourist accommodation facilities,” head of Lviv City Council’s Tourism office Halyna Malets said.
An average tourist spends around $92 per day during a 4.4-day visit to Lviv. Only a quarter of visitors travel by themselves, others come with friends, family members or as part of tourist groups.
The city’s most popular destinations for tourists include the Lviv National Opera, the Lviv Town Hall and the Lviv High Castle. Visits to cafes and restaurants, cultural institutions, and long walks around the city are believed to be the best ways of spending time in Lviv.
Malets also pointed out that around 250,000 people have visited Lviv within the first two weeks of 2018. “We haven’t carried out a comprehensive analysis, but the data we received from hotels and tourist information centers around the city shows that approximately a quarter of a million people have already visited Lviv [since the beginning of 2018],” she said.
Earlier, it was reported that the Lviv international airport handled more than 1 million passengers in 2017 and became Ukraine's fourth airport to achieve this. Such high number of passengers travelling to and from the Western Ukrainian city was recorded for the first time since 1991.