Poltava is a city of regional significance in Ukraine, the administrative center of Poltava region with a population of 279.8 thousand people. Modern Poltava has much to offer in terms of historical and cultural monuments, which is one of the important economic, scientific and educational centers of Ukraine. The city is one of the most important economic, scientific and educational centers of Ukraine.
Poltava is located at the intersection of international highways and railways. Poltava is connected with the world by air routes of three airports. The distance to Poltava Airport is 17.6 km, to Kharkiv International Airport is 167.8 km, to the main international airport of Ukraine Boryspil is 314 km. Poltava is located between three powerful economic, industrial and scientific centers - Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro. City's geographical location creates conditions for the transport and warehouse logistics development.
Poltava is an important industrial, business and scientific center of Ukraine. There are more than 27 thousand enterprises, including 11296 legal entities and 16016 sole proprietors. The main sectors of Poltava economy are trade and services, mechanical engineering, production of building materials, manufacture of wood products, paper production and printing, light industry, food industry. The IT-industry has been rapidly developed. Nowadays, there are more than 1000 IT-specialists in Poltava.
In 2019, the volume of foreign direct investment in the Poltava economy is amounted to USD 69.3 million, which confirms the city's high investment attractiveness for international investors. The main investors are Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Cyprus.
Professional training of specialists is carried out by higher education institutions of different forms of ownership and different levels of accreditation. In Poltava, academic staff of colleges, technical schools, universities and academies provide highly qualified educational services. The leading institutions of higher education in Poltava, which are popular not only among Ukrainian, but also foreign students, are the following: Higher Educational Establishment of Ukoopspilka “Poltava University of Economics and Trade”, National University “Yuri Kondratyuk Poltava Polytechnic”, Poltava State Agrarian Academy, Poltava V. G. Korolenko National Pedagogical University, Poltava Law Institute of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Ukrainian Medical Stomatological Academy.
Poltava is a green and eco-friendly city. Community landscapes (parks, squares, alleys) occupy more than 1/5 of the city area. There are also more than 30 objects of the nature reserve fund. Location in an environmentally friendly area provides the potential for the rehabilitation center establishment, the organic production development. The existence of the Vorskla River in Poltava determines the recreational areas development, leisure and recreation infrastructure.
There are 19 hotels in Poltava, which are mainly located in the central part of the city near the main tourist destinations along Sobornosti Street, as well as along the international highway M 03 Kyiv - Kharkiv - Dovzhansky. The city has 8 conference halls with a capacity of 30 to 100 seats for conferences, trainings, workshops. Nowadays, the demand for meeting facilities in the city exceeds the supply, which is promising for the business / conference tourism development in Poltava.
Poltava is positioned as the spiritual capital of Ukraine. The city is known for its great Ukrainian cultural and outstanding people, namely Ivan Kotlyarevsky, Mykola Gogol, Panas Myrny, Volodymyr Korolenko, Mykola Yaroshenko, Hryhoriy and Ivan Myasoyedov, and many other prominent personalities. The greatest scientists such as Yuriy Kondratyuk, Mykola Sklifosovsky, Volodymyr Vernadsky, Hlib Kotelnikov, Volodymyr Chelomey and many others had been working here for a long time. Historians name more than a thousand world-wide famous names known to the world, whose origins or activities are directly related to Poltava. Poltava has a wide and extensive network of historical and cultural sites that are attractive to tourists (monuments, museums, memorials). The city has 39 registered cultural heritage sites of national importance and 257 of local significance.