Plan — 12% more foreign tourists

In 2011, Belarus plans to ensure an increase in the number of tourists from abroad by 12% compared to last year. This is the director of the Tourism Department of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism Vadim Karmazin April 25 at a press conference in Minsk.

On He said, If in 2010, according to the State Border Committee, visited Belarus 3.9 million foreign nationals, by the end 2011and plans to increase this figure to 4.5 million in the first quarter this year Belarus has already visited nearly 850 thousand foreign citizens. This is 70 thousand more than in the same period last year. For comparison, in the first quarter of 2011 from Belarus had left 1 million 402 thousand people — 20% more than the same period last year.

Karmazin also said that the number of foreign tourists organized in Belarus (who used the services of travel agencies) in 2010 amounted to 120 thousand people. In 2011, we plan to increase this figure to 130 thousand

The priority indicator representative of the Ministry of Sports has called the export of tourism services, which by 2015 is expected to grow by 3.5 times. In 2011 it is planned to increase by 20% to $ 175 million. Revenue from the provision of tourism services entities by the end of this year is projected to reach 70 billion rubles.

According to Karmazin, for the first quarter 2011and the export of tourism services reached $ 30 million. This is 40%, or $ 9 million more than the same period last year. The balance of foreign trade in tourist services totaled $ 20 million, an increase compared to the first quarter 2010 — about 7 million dollars.

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