By Sergey Sokolov
According to information from the official tour operator of the World Championship, Tsentrkurort Company, 75 percent of total sales have been to Russian citizens. In the second place are tourist packages bought by citizens of Latvia. The rest were bought by residents of other countries. Among them are fans from the participating countries of the World Championship. So far, fans from 50 countries have already purchased their tourist packages.
“The absolute majority of tourist packages for sale are the simplest packages for fans. There also have been about 300 VIP-packages sold, which include the service of meeting of a tourist at the airport and visiting the hospitality zone and VIP-restaurant in the Arena,” noted the Director of Tsentrkurort, Oleg Mikhailov. “Family packages for fans that may arrive at the Championship with children are not in demand. Less than 100 of them have been sold.”
Oleg Mikhailov also stated that there has been another package created, ‘Cheer for ours’, for residents from the distant regions of Belarus and those who do not have the possibility to spend the night in Minsk. This package assumes the possibility to stay in the fan-village, includes tickets for matches that involve the national team of Belarus (with, of course, the possibility of purchasing tickets for other matches), a souvenir and a map of the fan-village. The packages are not expensive. A package, including accommodation, costs 50-60 Euros.
The Director of the official tour operator of the World Championship also said that they plan to open two points where groups will be collected for excursions. Such points will be opened in the fan-village and by the Yubileinaya Hotel. The schedules of more than 30 routes will be made available, and any interested person will be able to see Minsk and the suburbs. Excursions to more remote corners of Belarus have not been excluded, and some will be organised, in particular, to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.