Tourism in the Republic of Belarus

At the end of 2014, 1 254 companies were operating in tourism sector in Belarus, whose services were used by more than 934 thousand organised tourists and 647.5 thousand excursionists.  

In 2014 the number of organised tourist departures from Belarus abroad was 740.5 thousand, up 4.5% compared with 2013.

There were 79.9 thousand organised travels to the CIS countries (37.4% of the 2013 level), and 660.6 thousand travels to non-CIS countries, which is 33.4% more than in 2013.

The most frequently visited foreign countries in 2014 traditionally were Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey and Czech Republic. These countries accounted for 82.7% of total organised tourist travels abroad.

The number of organised tourist travels abroad was still prevailing over the number of visits. In 2014 there were five travels of Belarusian nationals abroad (six in 2005) per each visit of foreign tourists to Belarus.

The number of organised visits was 137.4 thousand in 2014, which is 0.5% more than in 2013. There were 115.6 thousand visits from the CIS countries (up 1.3% over 2013). The leadership in terms of organised tourists among the Commonwealth states remained with Russia – 113.2 thousand visits (up 1.7% compared with 2013) and Ukraine – 1.8 thousand visits (down 10.3% compared to 2013).

Among the non-CIS countries, the largest number of visitors came to Belarus from Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, United Kingdom, and Turkey. In 2014 these countries made up 48.3% of total tourist arrivals from non-CIS countries (56.4% in 2013).

The average duration of stay of foreign tourists in Belarus in 2014, as in 2013, was 4 days.

To accommodate tourists in the country, the services of hotels and similar accommodation facilities were provided by 331 hotels, 37 hotel complexes, 7 tourist and hotel complexes, 4 motels and 151 accommodation facilities of other types. Their capacity at the end of 2014 was 35.4 thousand beds.

The average occupancy rate of these accommodation facilities in 2014 was 34%, and fell by 7 percentage points compared with 2013. 

According to the quality of the provided hotel services and available facilities 54 hotels and hotel complexes (14.4% of their total number) had the following categories: “5 stars” − 3 hotels, “4 stars” − 5 hotels and 1 tourist and hotel complex, “3 stars” − 23 hotels, 8 hotel complexes and 1 tourist and hotel complex, “2 stars” − 12 hotels, and “1 star” − 1 hotel.

24 out of the total number of hotels and hotel complexes which have a category according the international star rating are located in the city of Minsk.

 

Number of hotels and hotel complexes which have a category according to the international star rating

(entities)

In 2014, 1 739.4 thousand guests were accommodated in hotels and similar accommodation facilities, which is 3.6% less than in 2013. Out of total guests, 997.9 thousand were nationals of Belarus (6.3% less than in 2013), and 741.5 thousand were foreign nationals (up 0.2%), including 559.8 thousand guests from the CIS countries (less 1.9%).

Among the CIS nationals who used the services of hotels and similar accommodation facilities the majority were from Russia and Ukraine. Their share in the total number of foreign guests accommodated was 71.7%.

Among the guests from non-CIS countries 52.9% were from Germany, Georgia, Italy, China, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

In 2014, 466 sanatorium, health resort and health improvement facilities were functioning in Belarus, including 74 sanatoria, 12 children’s rehabilitation and health improvement centres, 2 vacation houses, 1 boarding house, 94 recreation camps, 5 tourism and health improvement complexes, 20 tourist camps, 19 health improvement centres (complexes).

847.4 thousand guests were accommodated in sanatorium, health resort and health improvement facilities in 2014, which is 13.9 thousand more than in 2013; foreign nationals made up 27.3% of guests (2.2% more from the 2013 level).

According to the Ministry for Taxes and Duties of the Republic of Belarus, at the end of 2014 there were 2 037 rural ecotourism facilities in Belarus
(156 more than in 2013), including 296 entities in Brest region, 502 in Vitebsk region, 228 in Gomel region, 281 in Grodno region, 541 in Minsk region, and 189 in Mogilev region.

Number of agro-ecotourism facilities

(entities)

The number of tourists who used rural ecotourism services in 2014 was 318.8 thousand, 17.3% more than in 2013. The residents of Belarus made up 86.9% of total rural ecotourists. 

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