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24 Sep 2019

Latvia named among Belarus’ major tourism source markets

Latvia named among Belarus’ major tourism source markets
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MINSK, 24 September (BelTA) - Latvia ranks third in the number of visa-free tourists coming to Belarus, Latvia's Ambassador to Belarus Einars Semanis said at the Latvian-Belarusian tourist seminar in Minsk, BelTA learned.

According to Einars Semanis, tourism is good diplomacy, and tourism contacts have been growing. He called tourism an important part of the Belarusian-Latvian relations and assured that the embassy will contribute to the development of tourist contacts between Belarus and Latvia as much as possible. The diplomat drew attention to the well-established air service between Minsk and Riga.

In turn, representatives of AirBaltic informed about the development of their airline and the expansion of the route network which currently includes 70 destinations. Riga-Minsk-Riga flights are operated six times a week (except Saturday), including in winter. It takes about an hour to fly from one capital to another. The airline offers a variety of attractive projects for group trips. For example, groups of up to 8 people can submit a passenger's name 5 days before departure and change the name of the passenger two days before departure free of charge.

Belarusians are well aware of Latvian resorts, including Jurmala. Representatives of the Amber Coast resort, located not far from Jurmala and some 40km away from Riga, invited Belarusians for recuperation.

The meeting of Belarusian tour operators with representatives of the Latvian tourism industry was organized by the Latvian Foreign Economic Mission with the support of the Latvian Embassy in Minsk. The participants had an opportunity to get familiar with the latest recreation, recuperation and tourism opportunities in Latvia and talk over joint projects. The head of the Latvian Foreign Economic Mission Georgijs Vojevoda named such seminars as useful for the further development of the Belarusian-Latvian tourism cooperation.

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