According to BelTA mobile applications featuring a guide for the upcoming ice hockey world championship in Minsk are now available to tourists from Vadim Karmazin, Director of the Tourism Department of the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry.
The mobile applications offer complete information about the championship, including the timetable of the games, results of matches, information about players, and interactive tourist maps. There are even sections dedicated to hotels, meals, taxi services, and so on. Some applications even allow playing virtual ice hockey. “We are now reviewing five applications of the kind. The most convenient and interesting ones will be recommended to foreign guests,” noted Vadim Karmazin.
Guests of the ice hockey world championship will be offered an extensive tourist program both in Minsk and in the regions. The company TsentrKurort is the official travel agency for the 2014 IIHF World Championship. It has sold 12,000 tourist packages already that include sightseeing options. “However, unorganized tourists will be the majority in May. We are ready to offer sightseeing options to them, too,” said the official.
During the championship guests will be able to get all the necessary information from the National Tourism Agency and TsentrKurort Company. Information centers will operate near the most popular places of interest. As many as 160,000 pieces of advertising and information merchandise have been printed for the championship.
Asked about the development of the tourism infrastructure after the ice hockey world championship, Vadim Karmazin noted: “International experience indicates that the growth rate of tourism services does not slow after major international events. For instance, in Europe if a city is declared a cultural capital, it helps increase the workload of hotels up to 50%. The new hotels in Minsk will give a boost to tourism development in the future. The new hotels have doubled the room capacity and have enabled competition on the market of hospitality services. Hence, prices for hotel services are gradually falling,” said the Director of the Tourism Department of the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry.
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