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Plans for mandatory certification of travel agencies in Belarus

Society 17.08.2018 | 14:45
Vitaly Gritsevich
Vitaly Gritsevich

MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) – There are plans to introduce mandatory certification of travel operators in Belarus, Deputy Director of the Tourism Department at the Sport and Tourism Ministry of Belarus Vitaly Gritsevich said during a roundtable session in BelTA's press center on 17 August.

“There are proposals to discuss the introduction of mandatory certification of travel agencies. At present, it is voluntary,” said Vitaly Gritsevich.

The introduction of mandatory certification will be discussed with all the interested government bodies and tourism business.

The current register of travel operators will be made more informative, while the provision of information to the register by travel agencies may become mandatory. According to the National Statistics Committee, as of 1 January there were 1,444 organizations engaged in the tourism business in Belarus. The register has the information on about 1,000 entities. "When customers call us to ask about the reliability of a firm, we first of all advise them to check whether this company is in the register,” Vitaly Gritsevich said.

The Law on Tourism may include rules on the conclusion of electronic contracts on tourism services, excursion activities.

According to Vitaly Gritsevich, with the changes approved, there will be an absolutely new form of the Law on Tourism.

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