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Fiona Gibb: About 9,000 tourists from UK expected in Belarus in 2017

7,000 guests from the UK visited Belarus in 2017. Until the end of the year, this figure should increase by another 2,000,

said October 11 Fiona Gibb, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus. According to the diplomat, the five-day visa-free regime had a positive impact on the tourism industry of Belarus.

These days an international team of tourists from Great Britain, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine is travelling through the Gomel region's Polesie.

Such a voyage is part of the state program "Hospitable Belarus" and an opportunity to promote the country's image in the international tourism market.

Fiona Gibb, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Belarus:
Not many people in the UK know that Belarus is such a beautiful country. The government's decision to create a visa-free period is very important, because tourism raises an interest in investing in trade.

Igor Mulev, Director of a travel agency (Tallinn, Estonia):
With you in general we need to speak only directly and tell the truth. You really are the ones who work sincerely. People, humanity and kindness... This all will be in demand.

The program of study tours for foreigners is planned until 2020. Delegations will include not only diplomats, but also journalists, writers, and representatives of travel agencies.

Fiona Gibb: About 9,000 tourists from UK expected in Belarus in 2017