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Ukraine joins the new initiative by World Tourism Network

Mariana Oleskiv
Mariana Oleskiv

Scream is inviting stakeholders of the private and public sector worldwide to show their solidarity with Ukraine, its travel and tourism industry, and to add to their voice to the World Tourism Network which already has members in 128 countries.

The World Tourism Network today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine.

Mariana Oleskiv, Chairperson of the Ukraine Government tourism agency, and Juergen Steinmetz, Chairman of the World Tourism Network, signed the agreement on March 18 to focus on working together on the ongoing SCREAM for Ukraine campaign.

  • Ukraine is the largest country in Europe
  • There is no article before Ukraine: Ukraine, not “the Ukraine”
  • The Cultural Capital, Lviv, has the highest number of cafes per capita
  • The Ukrainian national costume is called Vyshyvanka. International Vyshyvanka Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of May
  • Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra is one of the biggest Orthodox monasteries in the world
  • Ukrainians have built the world’s heaviest plane An-225 Mriya
  • The first constitution in the world was written and adopted in Ukraine in 1710 by a Cossack Hetman named Pylyp Orlyk.
  • After declaring independence, Ukraine gave up the third largest nuclear weapons arsenal in the world, which it inherited from the USSR
  • Ukraine is the geographic center of Europe
  • Population: 43,950,000 (July 2018 CIA Factbook est.)
  • Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland and Russia
  • Geographic coordinates: 49 00 N, 32 00 E
  • Area: total: 603,700 sq km, land: 603,700 sq km
  • Area comparative: slightly smaller than Texas
  • Land boundaries: total: 4,558 km
  • border countries: Belarus 891 km, Hungary 103 km, Moldova 939 km, Poland 428 km, Romania (south) 169 km, Romania (west) 362 km, Russia 1,576 km, Slovakia 90 km
  • Coastline: 2,782 km
  • Maritime claims: (water resources)
  • continental shelf: 200-m or to the depth of exploitation
  • exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
  • territorial sea: 12 nm
  • Climate: temperate continental Mediterranean only on the southern Crimean coast precipitation disproportionately distributed, highest in west and north, lesser in east and southeast winters vary from cool along the Black Sea to cold farther inland summers are warm across the greater part of the country, hot in the south
  • Terrain: most of Ukraine consists of fertile plains (steppes) and plateaus, mountains being found only in the west (the Carpathians), and in the Crimean Peninsula in the extreme south
  • Elevation extremes: lowest point: Black Sea 0 m highest point: Mount Hoverla 2,061 m
  • Natural resources: iron ore, coal, manganese, natural gas, oil, salt, sulfur, graphite, titanium, magnesium, kaolin, nickel, mercury, timber
  • Administrative divisions: 24 oblasti or regions (singular: oblast), 1 autonomous republic (avtonomna respublika), and 2 municipalities with oblast status
  • Independence: 1 December 1991 (from Soviet Union)
  • National holiday: Independence Day, 24 August (1991)
  • Constitution: adopted 28 June 1996
  • Legal system: based on civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts
  • Suffrage: 18 years of age universal

World Tourism Network is the long-overdue voice of small and medium-size travel and tourism businesses around the world. By uniting our efforts, we bring to the forefront the needs and aspirations of small and medium-sized businesses and their Stakeholders.

World Tourism Network is about the business where members are called associates.

By bringing together private and public sector members on regional and global platforms, WTN not only advocates for its members but provides them a voice at the major tourism meetings. WTN provides opportunities and essential networking for its members in more than 128 countries.

World Tourism Network started its SCREAM campaign after the Russian invasion to help Ukraine in lobbying and supporting relevant issues. Scream realizes tourism to be a custodian of peace.

By working with stakeholders and with tourism and government leaders, WTN seeks to create innovative approaches for inclusive and sustainable tourism sector growth and assist small and medium travel and tourism businesses during both good and challenging times.

It is WTN’s goal to provide its members with a strong local voice while at the same time providing them with a global platform.

WTN provides a valuable political and business voice for small and medium-sized businesses and offers training, consulting, and educational opportunities.

The “Rebuilding Travel”  initiative is a conversation, an exchange of ideas, and a showcase for the best practices by our members in more than 120 countries.

The “Tourism Hero” Award recognizes those who go the extra mile serving the travel and tourism community but often get overlooked.

To join SCREAM or WTN visit or


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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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