Russian tourists prefer to spend their vacation in Belarus
The Russian Association of Tour Operators has examined the most popular destinations of Russian tourists this summer and has concluded that, instead of Ukraine, they now travel to Belarus and Russia’s midlands
Tourist traffic to Belarus has increased by 15-20 percent in 2014. Firstly, the number of Russians, who come sightseeing to Belarus, has increased by a lot. These are primarily tourists who have abandoned their plans of visiting Ukraine. Secondly, the interest of Russians in using our clinics and resorts as a way of recreation and relaxation has also increased.
According to sources, the ranking of the most popular domestic tourism destinations has not changed. The Russian resort city of Sochi has registered the largest increase in tourist traffic.
The total volume of tourism sales in Crimea is lower this year than before when compared to Caucasian Mineral Waters, Belarus, Moscow Region, and Russia’s midlands, notes Alena Zagorets, the Director of Multitour’s Tourism Department. Transport availability problems are quoted as the main reason behind the low sales.
Among other destinations, in which travel agencies have registered a small increase in demand, are the Golden Ring of Russia, Karelia, and Baikal Lake.