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

The number of trips to Russia by Belarusian tourists in 2023 doubled compared to the same period in 2022. The Republic of Belarus is also popular with Russian tourists; the country is among the top 10 foreign destinations.

To further increase the number of tourist trips it is necessary to expand transport accessibility and develop new cross-border routes, said Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia Dmitry Vakhrukov at a meeting of the Working Group on Tourism within 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. This and many other things ensure stable interest in mutual tourist trips,” said Dmitry Vakhrukov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Russia.

He noted that the volume of tourist traffic in 2023 surpassed not only last year, but also the pre-pandemic period. By now, the mutual tourist flow between Russia and Belarus is recovering rapidly. According to the Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus, only from January to June 2023, 419 thousand tourist trips from Russia were made, which is almost equal to the volume for the whole year 2022. This is facilitated, among other things, by the absence of language barriers and the ability to make cashless payments with the MIR card.

As of the end of 2023, the Union Program on the unification of legislation in the field of tourism activities was successfully implemented. In particular, the standards of activities of tour guides and guides-interpreters, standards for the provision of hotel services, requirements for the financial responsibility of tour operators and guarantees to tourists in the provision of services were harmonized. These steps should become the basis for further work on the formation of joint tour products to attract both foreign and domestic tourists.

Dmitry Vakhrukov noted that Russia considers it important to coordinate all innovations in the national legislation on tourism with the Belarusian side in the future.

One of the key topics of the meeting was transportation accessibility – expanding the geography of flights. The Ministry of Economic Development collected proposals from Russian regions. 36 subjects expressed interest in establishing direct air communication with Belarus or expanding the existing one, while 13 reported the expediency of expanding road (bus) and railroad communication.

“Last year, over 144 thousand citizens of Belarus visited Moscow – it is more than twice as much as in 2022. The growth of tourist traffic is achieved thanks to the city’s developed infrastructure and the capital’s rich event agenda. It is also worth noting the logistical accessibility of the Russian capital for the residents of Belarus. There are more than 90 direct flights between Minsk and Moscow per week. In addition, there was a launch of direct flights between Brest and Moscow, they will be operated twice a week,” said Evgeny Kozlov, Chairman of the Tourism Committee of Moscow.

The participants of the working group also noted the importance of creating cross-border tourist routes, which stimulate the growth not only of the tourism business, but also of the entire related service sector.

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