Ukrainian tourism up 13% from 2022, but still nearly 20% pre-war levels

Tourism industry grew by 13% in 2023 compared to previous year
Tourism industry grew by 13% in 2023 compared to previous year

Almost $40 million (over UAH 1.4 billion) has been paid in taxes by the Ukrainian tourism industry since the beginning of the year, which is a 13% increase compared to the same period in 2022 when more than $33 million (UAH 1.2 billion) in taxes were paid, the State Agency for Tourism Development reported in its Nov. 10 press release.

At the same time, it is 18% less than in 2021, before the war, when the industry paid almost $50 million (UAH 1.7 billion) in taxes.

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In the first nine months of 2023, the total number of taxpayers engaged in tourism activities decreased by 11%. The number of legal entities decreased by 24% and the number of individuals by 7%. In comparison with 2021, the total decrease was 36%; the number of legal entities decreased by 51% and the number of individuals by 30%.

The largest share of the state budget revenues — 63% — was paid by hotels — about $25 million (UAH 916.6 million) compared to $21 million (UAH 765.8 million) in 2022 and more than $36 million (UAH 1.3 billion) in 2021.

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In the first nine months of this year there was a slight decrease in the share of taxes paid by tourist centers and children's recreational camps. The budget received almost $3 million (UAH 106.3 million) in taxes, compared to $3,1 million (UAH 110.4 million) in 2022 and almost $9 million (UAH 316.1 million) in 2021.

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The increase in taxes paid by campsites and parking lots for mobile homes has almost doubled to $64 thousand (UAH 2.302 million) against $39 thousand (UAH 1.407 million) in 2022. However, compared to 2021, when $77 thousand (UAH 2.761 million) was paid to the budget, taxes decreased.

Taxes are currently one of the main indicators of the performance of the tourism industry, said the head of the State Agency for Tourism Development of Ukraine, Mariana Oleskiv.

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