Minsport expects the amendments to the Law on Tourism to be adopted in 2019

The Ministry and Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus expects the amendments to the Law on Tourism to be adopted in 2019, as  Vitaly Gritsevich, Deputy Director of Tourism Department of the Ministry and Sport and Tourism, declared during the round-table discussions in BELTA press centre “Tourism: what to be changed and why”. “We will try to prepare a draft law as promptly as possible and coordinate with the Council of Ministry. We expect it to be adopted next year and effective from 1 January 2020. We will try to do all possible”, Vitaly Gritsevich emphasized. He also mentioned that both the public, state bodies, and the professional community are ready to consolidate for quick changes in the law “On Tourism”. “We really hope that our legislators will not drag out this process,” the Deputy Director of the Tourism Department added.  According to the Chairman of the Republican Union of the Tourist Industry (PCT) Philip Gulogo, the professional tourist community is ready to provide any assistance in the work on the draft law. “It concerns each of us, and the sooner this happens, the better it will be for everyone – for the state, for business, for the consumer,” he said. As reported, the essence of the proposals lies in the legislative differentiation of national and foreign tour operators, the legislative separation of exit and entry tour operators, tour operators and travel agencies and mandatory certification of travel agency activities. Initiatives also concern the rules of work of a travel agency with tour operators, liability insurance of tour operator, individual financial guarantees for international tour operators, the activities of  interpreters and guides. The correction of the legislation in the sphere of tourism is discussed against the backdrop of disturbing news at the height of the tourist season. This is a problem with the flight of Belarusian tourists from Kiev due to the cancellation of low-cost airlines, and the abrogation of the largest Russian tour operator “Natalie Tours” about 400 tours sold to Belarusians and the cancellation of tours to Egypt by one of the Belarusian tourist companies

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