Posted: 22.02.2024 17:44:00

Organisations of Belarus President Property Management Directorate increased exports of tourist services by 35% in 2023

The figure was voiced at the Belarus President Property Management Directorate’s meeting of the board, BelTA reports

"Tourism activity is actively developing. In 2023, the volume of tourist services at the nature protection and forestry institutions of the Property Management Directorate increased by almost a third, and exports of these services rose by 35 percent. More than 866 thousand people, including 82 thousand foreign tourists (141.6 percent against the 2022 figures), visited the tourist objects,” the press service of the department informed.

Taking into account the steadily growing demand for visits to Belarus’ national parks, the President Property Management Directorate is actively engaged in the development of their tourist infrastructure. A major project to modernise the existing facilities is currently being implemented in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, and it includes the expansion of catering and accommodation services for tourists. It is planned to reconstruct and build bedroom blocks at the recreation centres in the Braslav Lakes National Park, and also to construct and modernise the tourist facilities, including in the field of environmental education, at the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve to time with its 100th anniversary in 2025. The village of Domzheritsy, where the reserve’s administration offices are located, has been included in the Village of the Future republican project.

Conditions for the development of tourism activities are also being created in the sanatoriums run by the President Property Management Directorate: i.e. new beach and park areas have been landscaped at the Priozerny and Sosny sanatoriums on Lake Naroch. Not only their guests, but also all vacationers can holiday on these territories. In addition, a new coastal park area with playgrounds, paths, an outdoor heated pool, water cannons, hydro-massage, an amusement system and a recreation area for all-season use is now available at the Yunost sanatorium on the Minsk Sea bank.

Last year, 107 thousand vacationers visited the sanatoriums run by the President Property Management Directorate (102.6 percent against the 2022 figures), of which 62 percent were foreign citizens. The number of guests at the department’s hotels also increased: in 2023, 137 thousand people stayed there (a 42.9 percent rise on 2022), of which 84.4 percent were foreigners. Currently, the hotels continue be to be modernised, with focus on an enhanced comfort and expansion of high-quality services.

Belkhudozhpromysly – a part of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate system – witnessed a growth in production in 2023: by about a third. Moreover, 1.5-times more pieces of folk-art crafts were produced. In order to modernise production and improve the employees’ working conditions, a new administrative and production block is being built at the Slutsk Belts company, and the technological equipment – able to significantly improve the quality and expand the range of products – is being revamped at Belkhudozhkeramika JSC in Radoshkovichi. Thanks to the measures taken and the work of Belkhudozhpromysly’s enterprises, more than ten ancient folk crafts have been preserved, including weaving, embroidery, pottery, wood carving, straw and vine weaving, as well as glass, wood and fabric painting. The companies of the association employ more than 1,100 people, of whom about 230 are masters of folk crafts.

"The priorities of the Belarus President Property Management Directorate companies for 2024 include the technical re-equipment and modernisation of the existing production facilities, as well as the creation of new ones. Projects on the development and implementation of automated information systems in the field of tourism and sanatorium-resort activities, as well as in the field of construction, design, housing and communal services, healthcare and trade are planned for implementation this year to ensure further digital development of the department’s organisations,” the press service reported.