Russian shopping enthusiasts go to Belarus in search

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Shopping in Belarus is a new tourist offer for Russian citizens who miss the famous brands that left Russia, following the sanctions imposed by the West, announces the Association of Tour Operators of the Russian Federation (ATOR), writes Rosbalt, quoted by G4Media.

“Russians have started going on shopping trips to Belarus, buying products from well-known brands that have left Russia. Shopping trips to Belarus are becoming extremely popular among Russian citizens”, ATOR also stated, explaining that in this way Russians buy the products of companies that left the Russian Federation, following the imposition of Western sanctions.

According to market participants, Russian tourists interested in this offer, those who shop, usually go to Minsk on the weekend, from Friday to Sunday, and mostly book only hotel rooms.

The share of these tourists is, according to various experts, from 10-15% to 45% and even more. Some of the travel agencies are already planning to launch special shopping trips.

However, most Russians traveling to Belarus still prefer vacations in sanatoriums and resorts. At the same time, if before travel to Belarus was preferred by older people, now there is an increase in demand among tourists aged 25-45, which increases the demand for sightseeing tours and excursions weekend.