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Courtney Allan

Chernobyl to become an official tourist attraction

Chernobyl to become an official tourist attraction

Chernobyl has become a hot new destination for tourists after the surging popularity of the show of the same name.

The destination is infamous for an explosion in 1986 at its atomic plant, which sent clouds of nuclear material across Europe. The blast itself killed 30 people immediately and caused environmental repercussions for years to come.

However, the town has carried negative connotations until the popular show, done by HBO, told the story of what happened before and after the explosion.

The Ukrainian government has decided to take advantage of the fame and has taken it to the next level by approving upgrades to Chernobyl to make it more tourist friendly.

President Volodymyr Zelensky gave the green light for the upgrades, which include new walking trails around the power plant and better phone reception according to The New Daily.

“Chernobyl has been a negative part of Ukraine’s brand,” BBC reported Mr Zelensky saying.

“The time has come to change this.

“We will create a green corridor for tourists. Chernobyl is a unique place on the planet where nature [has been] reborn after a huge man-made disaster.

“We have to show this place to the world: to scientists, ecologists, historians [and] tourists.”