WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Tours USA, Brooklyn, New York, a small business who has managed thousands of inbound tours of the USA over the past 20 years, has been approved for membership in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), the USUBC executive committee announced today on behalf of the entire USUBC membership of over 165 companies and organizations who have business operations, investments or other development programs in Ukraine.

New Tours USA was founded in 1990 by Liliya and Michael Gelfand, Ukrainian citizens who immigrated to the USA from Kyiv, Ukraine in 1988. The firm has specialized for over 20 years in providing low-budget and selected VIP inbound tours in the USA and Canada for persons from Russia, Ukraine, other countries in the former Soviet Union as well as Russian speaking persons around the world. They also do tours in Ukrainian.

The firm has ten employees and has 30 experienced tour guides who work as contractors and hosts as many as 25,000 to 30,000 persons each year. They have had a close working relationship for many years with a large number of travel and tour agencies around the world.

New Tours USA reported to USUBC they were extremely busy this past USA Independence Day holiday weekend with many buses and groups going to Alaska, Florida, California and to other western states, and to eastern and western Canada. There were many persons from Ukraine on these tours.

New Tours USA has four regular bus tours from NYC to Washington, D.C. and Florida every week and also has different routes which take visitors across the USA in the course of 15 to 18 days, starting points being NYC (with San Francisco as the final destination) or Los Angeles (with NYC as the final destination).

The tours can go to California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and other places. Another popular route is “Hawaii: Islands, Cities, Volcanoes”. In addition to the USA, New Tours USA has tours of Canada and combined US-Canada tours, as well as destinations in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

New Tours USA reported to USUBC they were extremely busy this past USA Independence Day holiday weekend with many buses and groups going to Washington, D.C., Florida, Alaska, California and other western states and to eastern and western Canada. There were many people from Ukraine on these tours.

USUBC met Liliya and Michael Gelfand in Kyiv this spring at the large Ukrainian travel show. USUBC was introduced to the Gelfand's by the US Commercial Service in Kyiv. "We were amazed to find out about New Tours USA and the huge number of people they host every year in the USA," said Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office, SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Management Group, who serves as President of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC).

"We congratulate Liliya Gelfand on the award she just received from the Mayor of Brooklyn for her outstanding work. USUBC is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Liliya and Michael Gelfand."

INFORMATION: For additional information about New Tours USA go to: http://www.newtours.us. To contact Liliya Gelfand write to her at: newtoursusa@yahoo.com or call her at 718 934 7644.

The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), founded in 1995 in Washington, D.C., now has over one-hundred sixty-five members. Membership in January of 2005 was eight, in January of 2007 was 22, reached 100 by January of 2009 and topped 150 in January of 2011. The complete list of USUBC members can be found at: http://www.usubc.org/members.php. For a list of the members of the USUBC board of directors go to the following link: