Kiev protests impact on business travel and events

Ongoing political unrest in Ukraine capital Kiev is putting off potential business travellers and event planners as anti-government protests escalate.

Protests in Kiev, Ukraine (maksymenko.com.ua)
Protests in Kiev, Ukraine (maksymenko.com.ua)

As protests continue in Kiev, event planners are becoming increasingly reluctant to bring their clients to the city, which has been in turmoil for more than two months.

Richard Harper, marketing manager for In2Events, said: "Following the European Football Championships in Ukraine in 2012, Kiev became a desirable destination with our clients, however the recent troubles have most definitely changed opinion.

"Security is a major concern when hosting delegates and the hostile situation in Kiev is damaging the city’s profile. As a business we would be unlikely to put forward Kiev in its current state and imagine it will take a while for confidence to return before clients consider it again."

Protests, Kiev, Ukraine (Mac_Ivan)

Protesters began rallying against the Ukraine government in November, with crowds occupying Kiev’s Independence Square since early January.

However, Steven Penney, group chairman for ASLA Travel Group, a DMC for Ukraine, believes there are signs of progress. "Business travel to Kiev is holding up far better than we were expecting. It appears that the UK business travel market is waiting to see what happens before deciding whether or not to travel," he said.

"One Australian Group has decided to defer their travel as a result of the political situation, however. We are hoping that some degree of normality will return soon."

It is believed that protests have now spread beyond Kiev to at least five other Ukrainian cities.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
8 activities in... Mauritius

8 activities in... Mauritius

Home to white sands, rum punch, high-octane water sports and natural wonders.

Government offers £250,000 to boost broadband in conference venues

Government offers £250,000 to boost broadband in conference venues

Conference centres across the UK can apply for new funding to improve broadband and attract more international business.

Why influencers are a big part of Las Vegas' MICE strategy

Why influencers are a big part of Las Vegas' MICE strategy

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's new MICE manager discusses influencers and why hotels within hotels are the latest trend.

In pictures: Hilton Garden Inn opens in Lithuania

In pictures: Hilton Garden Inn opens in Lithuania

The Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre has events facilities and a rooftop terrace and is the brand's first property in the country.

48 hours in Zagreb

48 hours in Zagreb

A two-day incentive itinerary in the capital of Croatia, from Esplanade Zagreb Hotel to a culinary workshop at Dolac Market.

Brand experience trends from around the world

Brand experience trends from around the world

From borderless marketing campaigns to hyper-personalisation, INVNT's leadership team share their insights.

3 ways event planners can find that creative spark

3 ways event planners can find that creative spark

Artist Phil Hansen, MPI keynote at IMEX America, explains how embracing your limitations can inspire new kinds of creativity.

Case study: KFC's RGM Fest

Case study: KFC's RGM Fest

The fast food giant worked with ITG to give its annual event for general managers a festival theme.

First pictures: Guitar Hotel set to open in Florida

First pictures: Guitar Hotel set to open in Florida

The $1.5 billion expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood opens in October with a 'lagoon' and overwater cabanas.

Experts debate whether agencies should charge for pitching

Experts debate whether agencies should charge for pitching

GOTO Events, DRPG, First Event and Clive discussed pitching strategies and the costs involved in big proposals.

LATEST JOBS