Expelled from Europe: the most popular destination for Russian tourists in 2023 has been named
The holiday season around the world ended at the beginning of autumn, and travel agencies were able to summarize the destinations that citizens of a particular country frequented the most. As it turns out, the most popular destination for Russians is the "friendly" Belarus.
Belarus is often the destination for those who are no longer welcome in other countries. This information was reported by the Belarusian news outlet BELTA, citing Philipp Gulia, the chairman of the board of the Belarusian Union of the Travel Industry.
Belarusians are welcoming new tourists and somewhat facetiously attribute their increase in tourism to global sanctions. They also take pride in offering an "extensive program of flights connecting various Russian regions".
There are flights to Belarus from cities such as Ufa, Perm, Pskov, Nizhny Novgorod, among others. Tourists are offered excursions and the opportunity to spend an "unforgettable" weekend in local sanatoriums.
Discounts for pensioners are another attraction for Russian tourists. Belarus revealed that approximately 50 pensioners from Ufa fly to Minsk every week, and their airfare is reimbursed. It's worth noting that thousands of invaders entered Ukraine from Belarus on February 24, 2022.
Discounts for pensioners are another factor that attracts Russian tourists. Belarus even highlights that approximately 50 pensioners from Ufa fly to Minsk every week and receive compensation for their airfare.
Since Belarus, like Russia, has also faced sanctions and a lack of other international tourists, its tourism industry is primarily focused on accommodating Russian guests.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL reported that vacationers on the Black Sea coast in Sochi had encountered inappropriate behavior from some of their fellow citizens. Some individuals allowed children to defecate in the sea, which led to other children drinking the contaminated water.