The introduction of visa-free entry will promote business tourism in Minsk, Sports and Tourism Minister Alexander Shamko said at the opening of the international tourism expo Leisure 2017, the media report.
“Some 8,000 people have already used the opportunity to visit Belarus without a visa. These figures show that Minsk has every reason to become a platform for the promotion of business tourism in Belarus,” the minister said.
He added that the country has well-developed transport and infrastructure, and high level of security.
“The number of luxury hotels, sports complexes, business centers and other administrative buildings has increased in the recent years. This is the basis for the promotion of business tourism,” Shamko said.
“Tourism in Belarus is growing in terms of quality and quantity from year to year,” the minister said.
The steps that the government had taken, including the creation of visa-free zones, and the intention to faciliate visa regulations for the participants of international events held in Belarus have already brought positive results.
“The export has been growing and the country has been attracting private investment in tourism,” Alexander Shamko added.
Belarusian hotels and health resorts report an increased number of guests.
“In 2017 Belarus will host four times as many sports events as in 2016 and there still are many other events to come. The launch of visa-free entry to Brest and to the Augustow Canal in Grodno attracted more guests to regional hotels. Today more than half of the rooms are booked. This is a great figure,” the official remarked.
The international tourism expo Leisure 2017 opened in Minsk on 5 April. It is attended by the delegations from Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Portugal, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Albania, Italy, and Egypt. All in all, the expo gathered over 150 participants.
The event will last through 8 April.