By Valeria Timofeeva
The database will keep information not only on the most prestigious Minsk hotels but on regional hotels, with sanatoriums and rural farmsteads added later. “The project should enable Belarusian hotels to use globally acknowledged standards of booking,” stresses the Head of Marketing and Publishing Activity Department at the National Tourism Agency, Valery Boldyrev. “Belarusian hotels will become available to hundreds of thousands of foreign tourist operators and tourists.”
The system avoids intermediaries, who charge additional fees and time. Hotels will be able to independently register with the database, allowing potential guests to see real prices. Booking a room by card payment online will be no problem.
The system is already popular worldwide, with online booking chosen by more than half of all Europeans. Soon, a Belarusian tourist-information network will join the international database of hotels, with access available from any connected computer, telephone or terminal: to be set up at airports, railways stations and trade centres. If the system proves popular, bookings for transfer services, tours and excursions will also become possible.