Listen Now: Chernobyl Opened Up As An Official Tourist Attraction
There’s a new tourist attraction in the Ukraine… and it could leave you with lasting and potentially dangerous memories.
In April of 1986, a nuclear power station exploded in Chernobyl sending a radioactive plume across europe. The official death toll is unclear but thousands of people reported getting sick from the radiation even years after the explosion. All of this was highlighted in a recent miniseries by HBO.
Since then people have been flocking to the area, even though it’s still radioactive. So many tourists that the president of Ukraine just declared it a tourist site. He says Chernobyl has been a negative part of the country’s brand and it’s time to change the message.
So there will now be specific safe areas for people to go as well as an electronic ticketing system to cut down on people taking bribes to sneak tourists into the area.
The restrictions on filming are also being lifted by the president which means all your adventures can be documented and posted on social media. Who needs white sand and blue water when you can have a radioactive memory.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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