Kiev to start e-payment in public transport by April 2018 to promote tourism

Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017

kievThe Ukrainian capital of Kiev is all set to introduce e-payment service in all public transport. The effort is seen in the light to promote tourism with more sophistication.



Yuri Nazarov, head of the Information Technologies department at Kiev City State Administration has said that they plan to install all the equipment and start the operation by April 2018. Under the project, Kiev residents and visitors will be able to pay in Kiev transports via a bank card, a mobile phone, a smart clock or e-ticket with QR code, Nazarov said.



About 1500 sets of the e-payment equipment will be installed in the public transport – Kiev buses, trolleybuses and trams. Several stations of the city subway have been already equipped with devices for bank card payments.



Kiev government has also developed a series of incentives, specially for the city visitors with the aim to support the tourism sector which has been hit badly in the past three years.



As a part of the recovery, in August, the city has introduced a special card for tourists, offering discounts or free entry to museums, galleries and night clubs. It aims to see the footfall of about 1.5 million foreign tourists and 3 million local visitors by the end of 2017.

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