May 20. Ukraine hasn’t gotten into NATO and it isn’t part of the EU (at least not yet). But right now can be part of the European Travel Commission (ETC). The ETC just reached a decision to invite the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine (SATD) to join the organization with a complimentary three-year membership.
The decision was made during the 103rd General Meeting that is taking place on May 18-20 in Ljubljana, hosted by the Slovenian Tourist Board. This meeting brought together CEOs of national tourism authorities (NTOs) from across Europe and ETC associate members from private industry. Mariana Oleskiv, chairperson of SATD, joined the General Meeting remotely as an honorary guest.
SATD Ukraine typically works to promote and popularize Ukrainian tourism in domestic and foreign markets. But since February, its activities have been drastically altered by the conflict with Russia. Oleskiv shared first-hand insights into the devastating impact of the ongoing war on Ukraine’s travel sector. SATD currently provides information about the ongoing situation in Ukraine, coordinates efforts of the Ukrainian tourism community in organizing evacuations and temporary shelters, as well as job opportunities for the industry professionals in safe regions.
During the General Meeting, ETC expressed its solidarity with Ukraine. In a show of support, its national members voted in agreement to extend complimentary ETC membership to SATD. The membership is offered free of charge for at least three years, depending on the geopolitical circumstances, with a vision to welcome Ukraine to the organization on a permanent basis.
Source: Insider Travel