While visitors from around the world are already flocking to the quake-hit region, the Ukrainian president wants to oversee this tourism. Looking for your next tourist destination? Let go of your guide, Ukraine is waiting for you. As reported by the BBC, the Ukrainian President announced his intention to turn the area surrounding Chernobyl into a tourist site. He therefore signed a decree in this sense.
“Chernobyl is a negative element of the Ukrainian image. The time has come to change that, “Volodymyr Zelensky said. Before adding: “We will create a green corridor for tourists. Chernobyl is a unique place on the planet where nature has regained its rights after a huge man-made disaster. We have to show this place to the world: scientists, ecologists, historians and tourists. In April 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded, marking the largest nuclear catastrophe in history. This explosion sent a radioactive cloud across Europe. The BBC says 50,000 square kilometers of land has been contaminated.
An influx of tourists
Tourism already exists in the region, it has also exploded with the release of the miniseries Chernobyl on HBO. Recently, Le Figaro reported that since 2010 the region has welcomed around 30,000 visitors a year. Bookings up 40% with the series.
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Obviously, some safety rules must be respected. “Tourism is not dangerous if we respect the safety rules. For example, in Pripiat, you should not eat, drink or smoke, or even walk on the grass or enter buildings, as this can cause a hot particle, that is to say a grain of dust a plutonium atom is agglutinated, “explains Galia Ackerman, a specialist in Russia and Ukraine, and author of Traverser Chernobyl, quoted by La Croix.
In order to regulate visits, the government wants to set up an electronic ticket for visitors in order to stem the corruption of the police. The decree signed by the Ukrainian president also plans to define the plans for the waterways. Better hiking trails need to be put in place and the mobile phone network needs to be improved.
Measures that should allow a framework of tourism. Not sure that they are sufficient to prevent Chernobyl from becoming a “morbid Disneyland”, as Galia Ackerman puts it, where short-lived Instagramers are staging to post the perfect picture.