Where else will navigation elements for tourists appear in Minsk?
Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:
As far as I understand, you evaluate Minsk’s tourist potential as sufficiently high, don’t you?
Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":
I think that Minsk has all the facilities to welcome tourists, to show itself as a modern European city.
But do you think that it is open to a full extent? Or is there something that is in the way, or something that you would want to do to make Minsk a better tourist attraction?
Maybe tourist navigation guidence for foreigners is underrepresented.
Of course, the central parts of the city have these navigation elements. In the nearest future, navigation guidance is planned to be developed in Nezavisimosti and Pobediteley Avenues, where Minsk central roads are. It also concerns Privokzalnaya, Oktyabrskaya and Nezavisimosti Squares.
How convenient is Minsk for both foreigners and just guests of the capital? Does the given information in Minsk metro satisfy you?
There is a law according to which transliteration is used. But it is used only when object names or names of streets are translated.
The rest of the information for tourists is provided in the English language.
As far as I am concerned, when these navigation guidance elements were being introduced, foreigners were interviewed and in fact they understand this type of navigation. It is done in accordance with the European legislation. And this is probably why some Belarusians feel uncomfortable with it.