A Busi­nesslike At­ti­tude to Busi­ness Tourism

Economy of Belarus - - TOURISM -

Busi­ness tourism can be sub­di­vided into tra­di­tional busi­ness trips and the seg­ment most fit­tingly ab­bre­vi­ated as MICE, where M stands for meet­ings, I for in­cen­tives, C for con­gresses or con­ven­tions, and E for events or ex­hi­bi­tions.

Be­larus ven­tured into MICE tourism a short while ago. The IIHF Ice Hockey World Cham­pi­onship took place in Minsk in 2014. Prepa­ra­tions for the event en­abled real con­di­tions for de­vel­op­ing MICE tourism. For in­stance, a num­ber of ho­tels were built. The in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ho­tel chains such as Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional, Re­nais­sance, Hy­att, and Novo­tel are now rep­re­sented in Minsk. The re­gions re­ceived their fair share of at­ten­tion as well. High­stan­dard fa­cil­i­ties were opened there in the last few years. These in­clude Nanosy-novose­lye, Krasny Bor, the Chalet Green­wood, and the health and recre­ation cen­ters Alfa Radon and Plissa.

“It is also im­por­tant that Be­larus has been rec­og­nized as a peace­mak­ing coun­try. We of­ten play host to var­i­ous ma­jor in­ter­na­tional events. Be­sides, we have been re­lax­ing visa rules. In par­tic­u­lar, Be­larus signed visa abo­li­tion agree­ments with Is­rael, the UAE, Qatar, and Turkey. The na­tional parks Belovezh­skaya Pushcha and Au­gus­tow Canal can be vis­ited with­out visas. Be­larus and China abol­ished tourist group visas. The ef­forts to ease visa reg­u­la­tions

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