A Businesslike Attitude to Business 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