In the frame of joint tourist Project created by GUAM-states - Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova, the Press Tour for representatives of the leading travel mass-media of Japan was held in Ukraine from 11 to 13 May, 2012. Ukrainian part of the Press Tour was organized with the State Agency of Ukraine for Tourism and Resorts and the Secretariat of GUAM assistance.
On the first day of the visit toUkraineChairman of the State Agency of Ukraine for Tourism and Resorts Elena Shapovalova met with journalists. She informed that the number of Japanese tourists discoveringUkraineannually grows. Visa-free regime for citizens ofJapanpromotes such situation. At the same time she said that indicators of tourist exchanges betweenUkraineandJapando not reflect the real intentions of the Japanese tourists and do not conform to the existing tourism potential ofUkraine.
Representatives of the Japanese media have expressed interest to plans for implementation of direct air service betweenUkraineandJapanand the possibility of expanding the tourism offer for Japanese tourists by creating an international tourist products "Silk Route" and the joint tour withUkraineand Russia Informative tour program was organized for journalists inKiev.
They walked in the historical city center - visited the Golden Gate, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, St. Sophia Cathedral, saw precious exhibits of the Museum of Historical Treasures and unique works of art Museum of Miniatures, visited the Amber Museum, the Museum of Folk Architecture and construction "Pirogovo"; tasted the cuisine and have actively involved in entertainment folklore program. InOdessa, they toured the historic city center, recorded numerous stories and anecdotes and a walk through the sea coast.
Following the tour Japanese guests shared their impressions ofUkraine:
Mami Miyata, TV «Travel Vision» (journalist, writer): "We have an unforgettable experience not only of tourist diversity of your country. The first perception are flowers in the streets of Kyiv - lilac, flowering chestnut trees along the roads, all bright colors ... It's great."
Yoshy ITANI, Ph.D., Oxon (writer / lecturer): "Japanese tourists are mostly elderly people. They are very fond of historical monuments and cultural heritage by UNESCO. In this respect, your country has a great opportunity. You have Points of world-class tourist sites show. "