Belarus has won in the nomination Agrotourism in a ranking of the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2016. Belarus got 24% of votes. In second place is Italy (22%), while France was third (20%). Russia won 18% in this category and Georgia 9%.
Belarus has also entered the top 5 countries for health improvement. Israel topped the ranking, followed by the Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia.
Online voting took place on the website of National Geographic Russia for almost two months. Top tourist destinations among the most popular leisure activities in 2016 were selected in 23 categories.
Spain, for example, was named the best country for a beach holidays. Bulgaria won first place in the category Family Holiday. According to the readers of National Geographic, the top excursion tourism is in Italy, ski tourism in Austria and adventures in India. Lovers of ecotourism are advised to go to Sweden. The title Discovery of the Year went to Georgia.
Agritourism is one of the most successfully developing kinds of tourism in Belarus. The country has 2,263 official farmsteads. Since 2006, their number has increased by 66 times. They serviced 294,300 tourists in 2015. In 2015, Belarus was ranked second in the Agrotourism nomination of the National Geographic ranking, losing only to Italy.