Tourists coming to Belarus are ready to spend some bucks to have a good time. The just-released 2018 Tourism Highlights Report by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) proves that.
A total of 1,326 million international tourist arrivals were recorded in destinations around the world.
This is the highest increase since the 2009 global economic crisis and well above the WTO long-term forecasts for the period 2010 to 2020.
“2017 marks the eighth year in a row of sustained growth in Europe, the world’s most visited region,” the report says.
As to Belarus, tourist arrivals there grew up to 3.7% in 2017, hitting two million international travelers. They brought $790,000 to the country, that is $79,000 more than the previous year and $350,000 more than in 2010.
Russia welcomed 24,390,000 tourists, Poland met 18,400,000 foreigners, Ukraine saw 14,230,000 guests. 2,523,000 people visited our northwest neighbour Lithuania and 1,950,000 checked in Latvia.
According to the latest data by a local information-tourist centre, an average cheque of a foreigner in Minsk is $100 a day.
In January-July this year, the export of tourist services in Minsk amounted to $68.5 million. In comparison with the same period in 2017, it has increased by 17.6%.
Belarus has been steadily easing visa requirements since 2017 when the country became visa-free for 5 days for citizens of 80 countries.