Enjoying big popularity among foreign tourists
According to Oktogo.ru, a Russian hotel online booking service, Minsk is among the top three CIS cities, most frequently visited by Russians in 2013
By Vladimir Samsonov
Alongside the Belarusian capital, Kiev and Odessa are also among the top three, followed by Chisinau, Alma-Ata, Baku, Lvov, Astana, Yerevan and Tashkent.
The Oktogo.ru rating was compiled using last year’s data dealing with hotel booking in the CIS states by Russians. Compared to 2012, the number of tours booked by Russians to CIS cities, via the Internet, has more than doubled.
In 2013, Russians travelled to Minsk for three days on average, with such sites as the Holy Spirit Cathedral in Svobody Square, the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre, the Pishchalovsky Castle, the Pobedy Square Monument and the Troitsky Suburbs enjoying the greatest popularity among these tourists.