econd most visited by foreigners Ukrainian city after Kiev. It has a
developed infrastructure. The natural recreational resources of the
Region are its sea-side climate, sandy beaches, curative mud, estuary
salt water and mineral springs. Odessa Region ranks third after the
republic of Crimea and the Lviv region, in terms of natural curative
resources and health recreational facilities.
Nowadays Odessa Region offers diverse recreactional and entertainment
facilities (more than 700 sanatoria, hotels, camp sites etc.). There are
37 hotels in Odessa Region – 'Odessa', 'Mozart', 'Londonskaya' and
'Arcadia Plaza' being the most famous among them.International market.
In 2002, around 659,200 tourists travelled to or within Odessa Region,
of which 174,000 were foreigners. The majority of the foreign tourists
came from Russia, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Belorus, Poland and Turkey.
Some 15-20 % of the foreign visitors came to Odessa Region for business
and others visited the region for pleasure of which approximately 50,000
arrived by cruise ships (about 60% of the total amount of tourists in
The Black Sea and the Danube cruises have always been popular among
foreign tourists. International cruise passenger liners enter the region
by river (Dnipro or Danube) or by sea. During the cruising season from
May till October an average of 70-80,000 tourists per year visit Odessa.
The passengers come mainly from Germany, Italy, France, Holland,
Switzerland, Poland, Hungary.
In 2002 total turnover of all tourist services in the region amounted to
UAH 174,4 mln.
Sports activities such as hiking, horse riding and cycling as well as
water based sports such as rowing and canoeing are often nature based.
However, these activities are hardly offered on a professional basis and
facilities are not yet available or are of a low standard. Initial
target groups for active tourism are local residents or people from
other regions of Ukraine. Foreigners are not yet a target group to be
attracted, the facilities have to be considerably improved.
Zatoka and Karolino-Bugas
The Zatoka and Karolino-Bugas resorts have 178 holiday camps – the
highest concentration in Odessa Region. A holiday camp or base is
comprised of a large number of cottages, or apartments that are rented
out on a daily or weekly basis. Next to holiday camps the area has many
private dachas owned by the city dwellers.
Vilkovo situated within the Danube Delta provides the major point of
entrance to the Danube delta area. Vilkovo is unique in both historical
and ethno-cultural terms. Now a town with the population of 12,000 , it
was established in the first half of the 18th century by the so-called
Lipovanians or Old Believers, adherents of a faction of the Russian
Orthodox church which was officially banned in 1750. They had escaped
from persecution and settled in this area to build a new life as hunters
and fishermen. Until today, the Lipovanians represent the majority of
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