Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dnepropetrovsk has built the part of a new highway for Euro-2012

President Victor Yuschenko took part in the opening of highway KharkovSimferopolSevastopol on its way from Pereschepino to Novomoskovsk (Dnepropetrovsk region). The president paid attention to the high quality of the new highway and the level of its security: "We would like to see Ukraine as a country if first class European roads". Also V. Yuschenko reminded that within 4 years of preparation to Euro-2012 it is planned to spend 55 billion Hryvnas (7.5 billion Euros) on roads construction.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lvov asks EBRD to give money for building railroad tracks of European standard

Lvov (Lviv) municipality is going to ask European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to invest 4 millions Euro into building the railroad tracks from Peremyshl to Lvov as a part of preparation for Euro-2012. Consul General of Poland Veslav Osukhovski support this plan: "I believe it is better to build a good railroad, than rebuild the airports".

Most of Ukrainian railroad tracks were built during the Soviet Union period and their standard doesn't correspond to European. In Ukraine as well as Russia has "narrow gauge", while Europe has "broad gauge". After the train crosses the border it has to "change the wheels" to continue the way across Europe.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Dnepropetrovsk railroad staff will have to master English till Euro-2012

Employees of Dnepropetrovsk railroad will study English for serving passengers during European Football Championship in 2012. At the moment 184 employees from service-center, ticket office, luggage office, referral service, etc. take part in the program. The Teaching English program, provided by Dnepropetrovsk State University, began in 2008 and will end in 2012. So far, about 40 railroad employees already know the basic terms for serving foreign tourists.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Euro 2012 gives rise to Hotel business development in the capital of Ukraine

Now in Kiev there are 122 hotels (9203 rooms and 16136 beds) including 25 big hotels (more than 100 rooms) and 56 small hotels (less than 100 rooms). UEFA requires 2815 rooms in four- or five-star hotels, 3000 rooms in two- or three-star hotel, and 200 000 beds in other types of hotels and places for accommodation.

So far Kiev has 3 five-star hotels (661 rooms), 9 four-star hotels (1204 rooms) and 32 three- and two-star hotels (4198 rooms). In the view of Euro 2012 a five-star 'Hyatt Regency Kiev Hotel' (234 rooms) and two-star 'Park' hotel (7 rooms) were built last year.

35 projects which include 6 five-star hotels, 10 four-star hotels and 17 three- and two-star hotels are already started and will be finished by 2008-2011. 9 hotels are planned to open this year and 7 hotels in 2009 (including a five-star Hilton hotel in Schevchenko str. 28-30). 17 hotels are planned to be opened in 2010-2011. The approximate cost of projects is $580 million dollars.