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Belarus Tourism Statistics

Belarus Tourism Statistics

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Belarus is a country of north western Europe and surrounded by another land on all sides. People travel here so for their old architectural monuments, palaces, churches and the lush green atmosphere.

Belarus has a rich history, welcoming residents, low crime, exotic architecture, clean streets, and beautiful scenery and offers many cultural activities to visitors.

nature, culture, and city trips are among the top reasons to travel for Europeans

Most of the tourists to Belarus come from the surrounding countries like Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.

Most frequently visited places in Belarus are Independence square of Minsk, Braslav lake area, Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, Mir Castle of the Grodno region, Hero Fortress Memorial complex in the city of Brest, National Park Pripyatsky in Belarus Amazon Valley, Minsk Sea in the north of the city of Minsk, Lida Castle, Berestyle Archaelogical museum and the railway museum in the city of Brest, Polotsk, Dudutki Ethnological Museum, Nesvizh Castle and the last but not the least The Tower of Kamyenets.

Most of the inbound tourists visit Belarus from the CIS states, of which Russia always tops the list, followed by Ukraine.

Inbound tourists from the non CIS states visit from New Zealand, United Kingdom, Germany and the other European countries.

Almost 740,000 Belarusians were counted as outbound tourists in 2014 which was almost 4.5% higher than 2013.

Belarusians visit to Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Czech Republic and Poland constitute almost 85% of their outbound tourism.

Travel statistics provides the following data (report by World Travel and tourism corporation in 2017) :

  • Tourist spending in Belarus is divided by a ratio of 70:30 among leisure spending and business spending.
  • Foreign visitor spending is 32% as compared to 68% spending by the domestic visitor.
  • Belarus showed a 2.1% growth in the year 2017 in terms of travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP.
  • Total contribution to GDP by tourism showed 2.8% growth much less compared to other surrounding countries.
  • Travel and tourism provided employment increased by 2.7% directly while total contribution increased by almost 3.0% in the year 2017.
  • Investment on travel and tourism in Belarus showed a fall of 1.02% in 2017.
  • Visitor exports increased by 3.3% in the year 2017.

Belarus is also very clean. Streets in major cities are meticulously maintained. It is very rare to see refuse anywhere in Minsk. This is partially due to the culture where clean environment is a part of the social capital. Compared to many chaotic and dirty capitals around the world, Minsk looks like a hidden gem

Removing the language and visa barriers are likely to boost the number of incoming visitors from all around the world

Where is the future?

  • According to the estimates by WTCC, Belarus is expected to show significant growth in tourism industry over the next 10 years.
  • Investment on tourism is expected to increase by 1.9% every year, visitor exports to increase b 2.7% per year while the contribution to GDP and the employment provided because of tourism in also expected to rise. Author Team

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