MIL-OSI Russia: Dmitry Volvach: in 2023, the number of Belarusian tourists’ trips to Russia broke the record of the last decade

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Source: Ministry of Economic Development (Russia) – An important disclaimer is at the bottom of this article.

The Ministry of Economic Development of Russia together with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus are discussing the prospect of creating a tourist information center of the Union State, which will make it possible to promote the unique tourist potential of the regions of Russia and Belarus.

This was announced by Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia Dmitry Volvach during an online speech at the parliamentary hearings in Smolensk, dedicated to the prospects of tourism development of the Union State and cooperation between Russia and Belarus in tourism activities.

“The idea to create a tourist information center of the Union State originally belongs to the residents of the Smolensk region who live near the Russian-Belarusian border,” explained the deputy minister. – The Ministry of Economic Development is ready to act as a potential state customer of the project and in conjunction with the Smolensk region and other interested participants from the regions of the two countries to begin its development and further implementation”.

According to him, the tourist center will not only help to inform Russian, Belarusian and foreign tourists about the tourist potential of the regions of the two countries, but will also help to develop Russian-Belarusian cross-border tourist routes and increase the recognition of tourist products of the Union State.

At the moment, the Ministry of Economic Development is preparing the relevant application for the project for further coordination with the specialized agencies of the two countries and members of the Council of Ministers of the Union State.

“The tourism potential of Russia and Belarus is huge and unique, and the friendly relations between our peoples have strong historical and cultural ties. In 3 quarters of 2023, the inbound tourist flow of Belarusian citizens to Russia surpassed not only the figure of 2022, but also showed the maximum value for the last decade. At the same time, Belarus is invariably among the top 10 foreign destinations most popular for tourism among Russian citizens,” emphasized Dmitry Volvach. – The absence of language barriers, the possibility to make cashless payments with the MIR card and, of course, the freedom of movement between our countries stimulate the constant interest of tourists from Russia and Belarus in mutual tourist trips”.

Entry of Belarusian tourists to Russia for the first three quarters of 2023 amounted to 191 thousand trips, which is 89% more than the same period of 2022 and is an absolute maximum for the last decade. According to the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, only from January to June 2023, Russians made 419 thousand trips to Belarus, which corresponds to the volume for the whole of 2022.

In the near future, according to the deputy minister, the issue of expanding the geography of flights and transportation links between remote regions of Russia and Belarus, including cross-border tourist routes, will be considered at the level of the governments of the two countries. At the moment, 36 Russian regions have already expressed their interest in establishing direct air links with Belarus, while 13 regions have reported on the expediency of expanding road, bus and rail links with the republic.

“I am confident that in 2024, together with the tourism community of Russia and Belarus, we will be able to solve the issue of increasing transport accessibility between our countries, as it is transport accessibility that is an important component for the development of mutual tourism,” summarized the Deputy Minister.

The participants of the parliamentary hearings also included Vasily Anokhin, Governor of the Smolensk Region, Igor Lyakhov, Chairman of the Smolensk Regional Duma, representatives of the Standing Committee of the Union State, the Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly on Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism, the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Cross-Border Cooperation of the Russian Presidential Administration, the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Building, the Fund for Eurasian Cooperation and Integration, leading political scientists, scholars, and representatives of the Eurasian Integration Fund, as well as representatives of the Eurasian Integration Fund and the Eurasian Integration Fund.

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