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09 November 2016, 12:23

Minsk hotels reduce rates

MINSK, 9 November (BelTA) – Minsk hotels are reducing rates, Yury Natychko, the head of the department for consumer and hotel services at the Minsk City Hall, told reporters, BelTA has learned.

“Hotels apply a flexible pricing policy. They drastically reduce rates on certain dates, offer honeymoon packages, events and corporate programs and big discounts on Christmas holidays. Many hotels reported the occupancy rate over 80% during the New Year holidays last year. For example, the Belarus Hotel was occupied at 92% on the past long weekend,” Yury Natychko noted.

The prices for hotel services have been going down. In January-September, the average rate for accommodation per one night was $41.5 as against $47.6 in H1 2016. In 2015 it was $48.3.

“In 2015 the average rate decreased by 20%. In January-September of this year it went down by another 14% as against the same period a year earlier. Minsk hotels offer all kinds of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. You can find lodging even for $20 per night,” Yury Natychko noted.

In Minsk alone, there are 48 hotel compounds and 5 hostels. Their capacity is 5,600 rooms or 10,200 beds. The density of rooms is per 1,000 population, which is on par with the neighboring countries where room counts per population vary from 5 to 7 beds.

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