Bustling ski slopes in Ukraine, as Europe debates tourism

Bukovel's management said the resort had already been booked at 80% capacity through January. Bukovel, which sits 3,000 feet above sea level and covers five mountains in western Ukraine, attracts two million visitors each year.

Hotels and ski slopes in neighboring Poland will remain closed at least from Dec. 28 to Jan. 17.

Unlike some European countries, Ukraine did not tighten restrictions on the movement of its residents within the country over the Christmas and New Year season.

Instead, strict lockdown measures, which include the closure of schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms, and a ban on mass gatherings, will be in force from Jan. 8-24.

That has come as a relief to Ukraine's tourism industry, where services are in high demand over the holiday season.