Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums


Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums

Belarusian sanatoriums have increased export of services by more than 9% in H1 2017. Experts also note that the scope of vacationers is expanding geographically.

The lion's bulk of the guests - about 90% - are of course Russians. Meanwhile, people from the Baltic countries and Poland more and more often come to Belarus for health improvement.

Lyudmila Sadovnikova, vacationer (Russia):
I came from St. Petersburg. Of course, this is northern Russia. Belarus is more to the south and it's warmer here. The climate suits me as well as treatment. I charge myself with health for a year.

Boris Tarnovsky, tourist (Israel):
I came from Israel to get a little medical treatment and get better. I like it here. I know that Belarusians are very friendly people. Food is very delicious. I'm happy to come again.

Nadezhda Belskaya, deputy chief doctor for the medical part of the sanatorium Krinitsa:
Tourists come even from Australia, from the United States of America and Finland. They are interested in holidays in Belarus because of medical tourism. Many guests come for dental procedures - prosthetics. Someone does small surgeries, which can be done out-patient, and then improves health here.

113 sanatoria are ready to welcome guests in Belarus. Today almost all rooms in these health resorts are booked. The majority of holidaymakers are foreign citizens.

Gennady Bolbatovsky, director of the National Center for Health Improvement and Sanatorium Treatment:
The revenues from the export of services amounted to about 69 million BYN. Revenues from the sale of additional paid services, not included in the cost of holiday package, amounted to more than 28 million BYN.

In 2017, the recreational complex on Lake Losvido became one more sanatorium. At one time it was closed but got a second life thanks to the support of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus.