Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Business of Love

Ukrainian travel agencies working in the inbound tourism sector are prospering. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that this year the number of foreign tourists traveling to Ukraine has, so far grown by 15% in comparison with last year. This is a result of the seemingly free advertising of Ukraine through the “Orange Revolution”.
One may ask then what was the source of income of local travel agencies in previous years? Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, 50% of the earnings of certain large companies were made in the marriage business. Foreigners came to Ukraine predominantly with the aim of finding beautiful, obedient housewives, while the other half visited for tourism, business or personal and family purposes.

More from this article, written by Volodymyr Pimonenko, can be found in the July 29-Aug. 12, 2005 issue of the Kyiv Weekly.