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25.07.2017

Tourists at MTZ can now ride the latest model of tractor
Tourists at MTZ can now ride the latest model of tractor Now you can ride a real tractor on an excursion to Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ). Anyone can test the latest and most powerful model - BELARUS-3522. However, you are not allowed to really drive the vehicle. Such a service costs BYN 35 for Belarusian residents and BYN 40 for tourist. Children can get the service at a cheaper rate. Besides industrial tourists can visit the workshop and assemble a tractor themselves.

24.07.2017

Who and why revives monuments of history and architecture in Belarus?
Who and why revives monuments of history and architecture in Belarus? When coming to Belarus foreigners are interested not only in food, not only in cleanliness and order, but also in monuments of history and architecture. Thank God sometimes people revive from the ashes famous palaces and castles, estates of great ancestors. The revival of history is the work not only of the state, but also businessmen and private enthusiasts. Our correspondent Alena Syrova has the report. For its century-long history, Soveiki repeatedly changed owners. Among them were Count Czapski, Rybaltovsky and Teofil Novitsky.

19.07.2017

Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums
Tourists from Australia, USA, Finland among visitors of Belarusian sanatoriums Belarusian sanatoriums have increased export of services by more than 9% in H1 2017. Experts also note that the scope of vacationers is expanding geographically. The lion's bulk of the guests - about 90% - are of course Russians. Meanwhile, people from the Baltic countries and Poland more and more often come to Belarus for health improvement.

18.07.2017

Open-air Norwegian cinema screening in Minsk on July 21
Open-air Norwegian cinema screening in Minsk on July 21 Film lovers are invited to Upper Town in Minsk. Free movie screenings will be held at the Town Hall on Fridays and Saturdays. The premiere night gathered about 200 spectators. The opening film of the season was an Italian comedy. Seven short films, which were awarded at prestigious European festivals, were screened in the evening of July 15.

14.07.2017

National identity features in summer Minsk 2017
National identity features in summer Minsk 2017 Minsk blossomed with the onset of the summer. The biggest flower compositions of the city are located near ​​Lenin Street, Yakub Kolos Square, Masherov Avenue, Uruchye Park and Victory Square. Each district has developed two special flower beds. Particular attention in designing flower beds was paid to national motives. The flower arrangement on Victory Square is made of elements of the Belarusian ornament depicted on the flag.

13.07.2017

Everything you need to know about flight attendants in Belarus
Everything you need to know about flight attendants in Belarus Our correspondent Yana Shipko has asked Belavia flight attendants about their work. Here are a few interesting facts about this occupation, which is one of the most attractive for girls. Many dream to try on the uniform of the stewardess. Let's talk about this occupation with one of the most experienced flight attendants. Natalia, hello! Natalia Nesterenko, deputy chief of the flight attendants service, Belavia: Hello!

10.07.2017

UNWTO Secretary-General about Belarus’ tourist potential
UNWTO Secretary-General about Belarus’ tourist potential Hundreds of thousands of tourists will visit Belarus during the European Games. However, what else should be done to confirm the image of hospitality? Taleb Rifai, UN World Tourism Organization Secreatry-General:The image of Belarus has really changed. The world sees that in the last two-three years Belarus opens up a lot, and people look at it completely differently. If to compare it with 10-15 years ago, people began to feel, that they want to visit Belarus and now they can do it.

07.07.2017

Visa-free stay in Belarus may be increased up to 10 days
Belarus may extend visa-free stay up to 10 days The visa-free stay of foreign citizens in Belarus can be extended up to 10 days. This is the proposal of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus. The change will help attract tourists, and first of all those who are interested in sports and recreation. Five days, which travelers have now, may not be enough for a full course of treatment or, say, sports tournaments. Also, Belarus is considering a 30-day visa-free regime for tourists from China.

05.07.2017

Tourists to help assemble MTZ tractors. Tours available starting July 5
Tourists to help assemble MTZ tractors. Tours available starting July 5 Foreign tourists can spend one day at a factory in Belarus. In order to study in detail the work of the Belarusian industrial giant, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), the guests will try their hand in tractor assembly at shops and conveyors. They will perform five operations, including the installation of steering rod components. The tourist will receive branded MTZ clothes. The very first team to assemble tractors includes five people, among them are travelers from the US and Switzerland.
English-speaking volunteers to be available during OSCE PA session in Minsk
English-speaking volunteers to be available during OSCE PA session in Minsk English-speaking volunteers will work in the Belarus capital Minsk during the session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. They will advise in English in public places, for example, in pharmacies. Pharmacies without a language barrier will be available both near the venues of OSCE meetings and near the hotels in which the participants live. Medical support of high guests will also be provided by specialists who know foreign language.

29.06.2017

Over 40 festive events expected in Minsk on July 3 Independence Day
Over 40 festive events expected in Minsk on July 3 Independence Day More than 40 festive events will be held in Minsk on Independence Day. Mass celebrations are planned in all districts of the Belarus capital and will be held in the places set by the city authorities. The central event will be of course the military parade which will start at the stela at 10am. In the evening, don't miss the gala concert "My Young Belarus" and the patriotic campaign "Sing the Anthem Together". The main folk festivities will be unfolding near the Sports Palace and in the Upper Town.

28.06.2017

Belarusian, European designers develop tourist area brands
Belarusian, European designers develop tourist area brands Brands for five tourist areas have been developed by Belarusian and European designers together. Polotsk and Mstislavl have an admirable style, picturesque lake Naroch, Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Augustów Canal.
Evenings of the Bolshoi Theater held in Belarus' Nesvizh
Evenings of the Bolshoi Theater held in Belarus' Nesvizh The Bolshoi Theater for the eighth time turned Nesvizh, the residence of the Radziwills princes, into a cultural center. Connoisseurs of opera and ballet from different countries come to Nesvizh to see their favorite shows. Alesia Belikova, CTV channel:The possession of the Radziwills became living scenery for the Bolshoi Theater. Fans of ballet and opera can enjoy the most beautiful works performed by the stars of the Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theater.

27.06.2017

Minsk recreates first festive parade of WWII
Minsk recreates first festive parade of WWII The first post-war procession on the liberated Minsk in July 1944 was recreated in the center of the Belarusian capital 73 years later, on June 24 in 2017. Please watch the video to feel the atmosphere of that time. Like 73 years ago, young people marched down the street.

26.06.2017

Belarus' Belavia to purchase two Embraers in 2018
Belarus' Belavia to purchase two Embraers in 2018 Belavia will purchase two new Embraer aircraft. The Brazilian planes are expected on the runway of National Airport Minsk by 2018. Belarus already operates several liners of this South American manufacturer. Embraer is among the leading commercial aircraft makers, with the planes' capacity being up to 130 passengers. The acquisition of the two aircraft will allow Belavia to implement a further strategy for growth and economic development.
Belarusian machine building companies now offer industrial tours
Belarusian machine building companies now offer industrial tours Imagine: 600 influential people from the OSCE countries will come to Belarus in July. For sure, they will want to eat deliciously, stay in good hotels (thank God, everything is already in order in this aspect), and a rich cultural program is being prepared for them... In a word, this is pure business tourism and also a lucrative incomes for Belarusian tourism sector! The daily expenses of a business traveler (businessman or politician) are three times higher than those of an ordinary traveler.
Day of Lithuanian Culture held in Minsk for first time
Day of Lithuanian Culture held in Minsk for first time The shine of amber compensated for the lack of sun in Minsk on June 24. Bright stones from the Baltic coast were brought to Minsk by Lithuanian masters. Minsk's historical center, Upper Town, hosted a festival of Lithuanian culture for the first time. It featured traditional crafts, national cuisine, music and songs. The festival lasted until evening, with the project Jazz Evenings taking over in the evening. Performers from Belarus, the USA and Tunisia performed at Jazz Evenings.

23.06.2017

Vulica Brazil 2017 festival to be held from August 17 to September 3
Vulica Brazil 2017 festival to be held from August 17 to September 3 Oktyabrskaya Street in Minsk will soon plunge into new colors of graffiti. A pedestrian zone with benches and pergolas may soon appear here, as well as parking for bicycles. Along the street, there will be energy-efficient street lights, waste sorting bins and ecological corners with green spaces. In addition, street artists are ready to turn a lot of buildings into canvases. The festival of street art Vulica Brazil in 2017 will be held from August 17 to September 3.

22.06.2017

Belynichy “Babushkina Krynka” dairy plant gives excursion for guest from Minsk
Belynichy “Babushkina Krynka” dairy plant gives excursion for guest from Minsk Belynichy “Babushkina Krynka” dairy plant gives excursion for guest from Minsk Medical, industrial and gastronomic tours can become popular in Belarus. It was discussed during the briefing day held in Belynichi on June 21, 2017. “Babushkina Krynka” dairy plant staff met with the CTV Director General Yuri Koziyatko.
What can Babushkina Krynka dairy plant offer tourists?
What can Babushkina Krynka dairy plant offer tourists?  Medical, industrial and gastronomic tours can become popular in Belarus. It was discussed during the briefing day held in Belynichi on June 21, 2017. Presenters of the CTV Channel, participants of the “Love classics” project and celebrities visited the dairy plant Babushkina Krynka. CTV Director General Yuri Koziyatko spoke about how Belarus can attract foreign guests.

21.06.2017

Expert: Mir-Nesvizh tourism cluster is a brand of Belarus
Expert: Mir-Nesvizh tourism cluster is a brand of Belarus Belarusian tourism expert Filipp Gulyi believes that ancient castles in Belarus should be conserved rather than reconstructed. He voiced this opinion in the talk show What's Going On?

20.06.2017

Vitebsk hits top 10 popular tourist spots among CIS cities
Vitebsk hits top 10 popular tourist spots among CIS cities Vitebsk hits top 10 popular tourist spots among CIS cities Vitebsk hit the top ten ancient popular tourist cities of the CIS. The research was carried out by a famous analytic agency. Settlements of Asia and the Transcaucasia make the majority in the list. The Kazakh city of Turkistan holds the first place in the list. It was founded more than 1,500 years ago and more than one million tourists visit it annually. The ancient city of Vitebsk is holds the sixths position and is the only one to represent Eastern Europe.
Handpans gaining popularity in Belarus
Handpans gaining popularity in Belarus Playing the handpan is like meditation or something otherworldly and attractive. It's easy to learn and you don't actually have to have music education.

19.06.2017

Youth subcultures festival held in Minsk's Victory Park
Youth subcultures festival held in Minsk's Victory Park A festival of youth subcultures took place in Victory Park in Minsk. Representatives of the generation "NEXT", who are not indifferent to contemporary art, competed in some of their hobbies like music, sport and humor. The holiday began with dancing performances among which were not only street but also folk dances.

14.06.2017

Tank biathlon to be held at Stalin Line 17 June
Tank biathlon to be held at Stalin Line 17 June Whether tank biathlon can help the development of eventful tourism was discussed during the TV program “What’s going on?” on RTR Belarus. Mikhail Metla, development and promotion director of the Historical and Cultural Complex “Stalin Line": The complex holds up to 15 events per year. It was decided to show this kind of event to people. So that people of Belarus see how the Belarusian Army works. Here people can come and watch.
Week of Belarusian cuisine to kick off in Minsk
Week of Belarusian cuisine to kick off in Minsk Week of Belarusian cuisine in Minsk will feature dishes with delicacies according to old recipes. Grigory Azarenok, CTV:Eat tasty! A week of Belarusian cuisine has started in the Belarusian capital Minsk. Especially for this, old recipes were recreated to satisfy the tastes of any gourmet. This is already the 14th Belarusian culinary week. This time, emphasis is made on seasonal vegetables and fruits.

12.06.2017

Medieval battles, art vernissage, master classes: Novopolotsk celebrates birthday
Medieval battles, art vernissage, master classes: Novopolotsk celebrates birthday One of the youngest cities in Belarus - Novopolotsk - celebrated the birthday on June 11. From the morning, a children's town and a city of masters opened on the left bank of the Western Dvina. At every step you could find entertainment for all tastes and times: medieval battles, art vernissage, master classes and sports competitions. The traditional parade of the city's enterprises became the culmination of celebrations.
Retro car rally held in Minsk
1927 Willys Overland takes part in retro car rally in Minsk During two days these retro crews overcame about 360 kilometers. The retro car rally took place in Belarus. The main condition for participation in was to have a car released before 1980. The model must be serial and without design changes. The oldest car taking part in the rally is 1927 Willys Overland. Among other old cars is this pride of German car industry, released back in 1938.

07.06.2017

First hostel for tourists opens in Chernobyl
First hostel for tourists opens in Chernobyl The first hostel for tourists was opened in Chernobyl, reports the Ukrainian agency managing the exclusion zone. The mini-hotel operates on the basis of the former Polesie dormitory and is designed for 100 beds. Among the amenities are a plasma TV, a shower and free internet, so that visitors to Chernobyl can immediately share photos of themselves against the background of the abandoned town.

06.06.2017

More quality sand at Zaslawskaye Reservoir this summer
More quality sand at Minsk Sea this summer Despite the fact that July is expected to be the hottest month, the beach season in Belarus has already begun. Communal services promise to improve the beaches. For example, better-quality sand was transported to the shores of the Minsk Sea, Krinitsa and Drozdy reservoirs. Trucks make about four trips from the quarries of Logoisk District to beaches near Minsk. Meanwhile, sanitary services are monitoring the quality of water and their verdict is expected very soon. Information about areas restricted for bathing should be placed on the beaches near water.
How visa-free regime changed work of Belarusian border points
How visa-free regime changed work of Belarusian border points The World Hockey Championship in 2021 will add work to Belarusian border guards. The previous world championship confirmed their high professionalism, however, this year has already marked a new stage of service for Belarusian border guards. Belarus has opened a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 states. And if you look at Europe, you can see that border security today comes to the forefront.

30.05.2017

Private travel agencies planning to cooperate with Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital
Private travel agencies planning to cooperate with Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital Acquaintance with the achievements of Belarusian medicine and the level of services will help attract to Belarus those tourists who combine holidays with treatment. The Minsk Regional Clinical Hospital is the center in which leading professionals are working. Modern diagnostic equipment and the latest treatment methods allow detecting diseases as early as possible. Special rehabilitation programs are selected for patients. Unique operations underscore the high level of development of Belarusian surgery and transplantology.

29.05.2017

Tours to Minsk Tractor Works prove popular
Tours to Minsk Tractor Works prove popular There are no free places for tours at Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ trademark). Tours to MTZ have proven to be more popular than it was expected.  Tourists from Spain, Estonia and Italy have already got acquainted with the way the branded Belarusian enterprise operates. Belarusians are also showing considerable interest.

25.05.2017

Swamp walking and rafting: Belarus opens new services for tourists
Swamp walking and rafting: Belarus opens new services for tourists Walking through swamps, photo hunting and studying the traces of wild animals are among the new recreation services to be offered to tourists in Belarus. This also includes traveling by river on a real raft or watching bison's life. It is expected that many routes will pass through specially protected areas - national parks and reserves. In general, in 2016 alone, the number of visitors to such zones has grown more than twofold. The amount of funds received from tourism and paid services amounted to about $200,000.

22.05.2017

Street musicians in Minsk about their performances
Street musicians in Minsk about their performances Street musicians in Minsk can be seen in the underground passage at the intersection of Lenin Street and Independence Avenue, pedestrian crossings to the metro stations Kamennaya Gorka, Uruchye, Malinovka, Petrovschina, Tractornyi Zavod, Pushkinskaya, Institut Kultury, Partizanskaya, Yakuba Kolasa and in the passage under Independence Avenue near the Church of Saints Semion and Helena. Still the main venue for musicians' performance is of course the Upper Town in the center of Minsk.

18.05.2017

Guide-boards installed in Grodno visa-free territory
Guide-boards installed in Grodno visa-free territory Guide-boards installed in Grodno visa-free territory How to get to the Augustow Canal and where to buy Belarusian souvenirs. Guide-boards are being installed in Grodno region visa-free zone to help the travelers.

16.05.2017

Producer Maksimkov on how to advertise a country
Producer Maksimkov on how to advertise Belarus Producer Vladimir Maksimkov spoke about the need of creating more newsbreakers during the talk show What's Going On? on the TV channel RTR-Belarus.
Why do Belarusians ride bikes on the sidewalk?
Why do Belarusians ride bikes on the sidewalk? What foreign guests think about the cycling infrastructure of Minsk? The TV program "Big City" found out.Pavel Gorbunov, Chairman of the Board of the Minsk Cycling Society:

08.05.2017

About 1,200 caravanners from 16 countries gather in Minsk
About 1,200 caravanners from 16 countries gather in Minsk Belarusian business will pay attention to the development of caravanning infrastructure. This kind of tourism in mobile homes is popular in the US and Europe, and is now experiencing a real boom. In Germany, caravanners’ sites outnumbered hotels in terms of occupancy rate. Belarus already has 40 parking places for campers. Comfortable rest on wheels requires minimal investments, and Belarus' transit potential promises solid dividends. The international meeting of caravanners held in Minsk confirms this. It gathered about 1,200 campers from 16 countries.

02.05.2017

3D show expected at May 9 Victory Day in Minsk
3D show expected at May 9 Victory Day in Minsk A unique 3D show dedicated to the Victory Day will be shown on May 9 in Minsk. Animated pictures will be projected on the buildings surrounding Victory Monument. All in all, in Minsk alone, there will be held more than 80 events dedicated to the 72nd anniversary of the Great Victory.

01.05.2017

International caravanner meeting underway at former Minsk-1 airport
International caravanner meeting underway at former Minsk-1 airport The international caravanner meeting is underway at the former Minsk-1 airport. Participants settle in small vehicle houses with their children and whole families. Tourists from 15 countries arrived in Minsk. These days Belarus is hosting an international meeting of caravanners. These are such automobile travelers, who travel around the world in special trailers.
First cruise ship launched in Belarus' Pinsk
First cruise ship launched in Belarus' Pinsk You can now become a sailor and even a captain of a white ship. The first cruise ship was launched in Pinsk and 29 April. It has already made a travel with passengers on board. Our correspondent Piotr Butrim witnessed the landmark event. Vladimir Khudyakov came to the Pripyat River region as a trainee back in 1973. He says back then the river was in full swing: river transport was the basis of the economic life of the Polesie region.

27.04.2017

Belavia open Minsk-Brussels regular flight
Belavia open Minsk-Brussels regular flight The Belarusian air carrier Belavia has opened a new flight from Minsk to Brussels on April 27. The flight has already taken off with about 100 passengers on board. Among them is the CTV film crew. The planes are going to land at the airport of Charleroi. Flights on this route will be carried out three times a week.

26.04.2017

The chapel where Dunin-Marcinkiewicz funeral took place
Dunin-Marcinkiewicz chapel funeral took place near Minsk The chapel near Minsk, where Vincent Dunin-Marcinkiewicz funeral took place, looks abandoned today. The architectural monument has been standing on a rural cemetery for more than a century and a half and has only now become a tourist spot. Dmitry Boyarovich, CTV:This place looks like a very dilapidated building. In fact, it is the chapel in which 130 years ago a funeral ceremony for the famous Belarusian playwright Vincent Dunin-Marcinkiewicz was held. But now it seems this story has become covered with a large layer of dust.

24.04.2017

10,000th visa-free tourist visits Belarus
10,000th visa-free tourist visits Belarus The 10,000th visa-free tourist was met in Belarus' Grodno on April 21. Zinaida from Vilnius became the 10,000th visa-free tourist in Belarus. She was handed a symbolic gift and wished a good holiday. The woman admitted that she learned about a visa-free regime in Belarus by chance and could not but take advantage of that. The last time she visited our country was more than 25 years ago, and this is her first time in Grodno. She plans to visit monuments and churches.

21.04.2017

Belarusian-Czech Economic Forum held in Brest: energy and tourism in focus
Belarusian-Czech Economic Forum held in Brest: energy and tourism in focus A new page in Belarus-Czech relations: Brest hosted an economic forum of the two countries. Energy, construction, information technology and tourism are the priority spheres. Equally important are also personal contacts. Knowing it, businessmen of the two countries decided to meet on April 20.

20.04.2017

Cirque du Soleil artists share impressions about Belarus
Cirque du Soleil artists share impressions about Minsk Festive atmosphere today reigned in Minsk's central streets. Artists of one of the world-famous circus, Cirque du Soleil, today staged spontaneous performances in Minsk, to a great surprise of passers-by. One of their shows took place near the Central Railway Station, with numerous reporters taking photos and shooting video. Artists:Everything is very cool really! Only the weather is quite chilly. Your people are very kind. For me this is the first visit to Minsk, and I am very happy to be here.

19.04.2017

Unique quest for tourists in Grodno
Unique quest for tourists in Grodno Unique quest for tourists in Grodno To take a photo on the background of a sight or find out the peculiarities of Belarusian cuisine. An original quest for tourist was developed by students in Grodno.
Ride tickets in Minsk parks up to $2.5 in 2017
Ride tickets in Minsk parks up to $2.5 in 2017 Vladimir Babivsky, chief engineer of the amusement parks authority Minskzelenstroi, has told the CTV channel about prices for ride tickets. Vladimir Babivsky, chief engineer of Minskzelenstroi:The price of tickets is formed taking into account economic components. The regulation of ticket prices is the responsibility of the antimonopoly regulation and trade department. We coordinate with them all these changes. Could you say an average price park ride tickets?

18.04.2017

Estonian tourists visit MTZ
Estonian tourists visit MTZ as industrial tourism developing in Belarus Belarusian tractors and Estonian farmers. The first major excursion for foreign tourists was held at MTZ (Minsk Tractor Works) plant. Estonian tourists were the first ones to visit the plant. Many of today’s guests visited Belarus before and remember it to be totally different. In the early 1970’s they had their educational internship here. During the hour and a half excursion tourists got acquainted with an exposition of machinery, they visited the engineering workshop and the tractor assembly section.

17.04.2017

Oberg: Day of Swedish culture planned in Minsk July 3
Oberg: Day of Swedish culture planned in Minsk July 3 The best patrons of Belarus have been named in Minsk. Among them are representatives of large banks, concerns and factories. Honorary diplomas were received by more than 70 enterprises and organizations. Thanks to sponsorship, Belarus annually hosts major cultural events such as the Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk, the Film Festival Listapad and the Festival of National Cultures in Grodno.
Electric bus service opens on tourist route in Nesvizh
Electric bus service opens on tourist route in Nesvizh Students of the Nesvizh district's Children's Art Center offer guests of the ancient city unusual travel itineraries. Tourists can take an educational trip on electric buses. A journey of the Radziwills' places on electric buses was for the first time offered Nesvizh Castle guests in 2016 as part of a project facilitating Belarus' transition to a green economy. The route is extremely popular. Incidentally, the Children's Art Center took care of outdoor enthusiasts too. A dozen bikes are also offered to tourists.

14.04.2017

Fountains in Minsk to be turned on April 14, 2017
Fountains in Minsk to be turned on April 14, 2017 On April 14 fountains will again come alive in Minsk after the winter break. A solemn ceremony to launch the fountains will be held in the evening at the largest water cascade in front of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater in the center of Minsk. In total there are about 60 fountains in Minsk. Fireworks of jets and flying sprays of the majority of them will today remind Minsk residents and guests of the capital of the imminent arrival of the summer.

13.04.2017

Cyprus company buys old property by Minsk Sea
Cyprus company buys old property by Minsk Sea The Minsk Sea, which is also known as Zaslawskaye Reservoir, near Minsk, is to turn into a real resort in the coming years. Some 20 abandoned properties by the Zaslawskaye Reservoir are even now getting a new lease of life, thanks to an investor from Cyprus. Some of the objects are being renovated, while the other ones are only to be owned.

12.04.2017

President Lukashenko: Professionals and great specialists won't fall down from the sky
President Lukashenko: Belarus is liberalizing business climate for economic growth After visiting JSC Rechitsadrev, Alexander Lukashenko traditionally talked to the employees of the plant. The future of Belarus and the development of small towns, salaries, personnel policy and public security were discussed. People also asked about visa cancellation, not only from Belarus’ side but about reciprocal steps from other countries.

05.04.2017

Alexander Shamko: Belarus takes unprecedented steps for tourism development
Alexander Shamko: Belarus takes unprecedented steps for tourism development Half of the places in hotels by the Augustow Canal and Belovezhskaya Pushcha have been booked for the coming summer season. The attention of foreigners towards these places grows due to the possibility to visit them without visas. After the introduction of the five-day visa free regime, nearly 8,000 tourists came to Belarus through Minsk National Airport.

04.04.2017

Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus
Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus Tourists will be able to stay in Belarus without visas longer, said the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Over 8,000 people visited Belarus visa-free through the National Airport Minsk since the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, 2017. As a result, more business conferences and business forums, cultural and sporting events are now held in the Belarus capital.

03.04.2017

Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year?
Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year? Monitoring for safety also means attracting more businessmen and tourists to Belarus. Even Russians come to Belarus for peace and tranquility. By the way, the Day of Unity of Belarus and Russia is marked on April 2. Temporary (I hope) conflict of trade interests between the two countries will not prevent people from communicating and having fun. Yevgeny Pustovoi has more on the topic. Mikhail Bardashov, tourist (Russia):Our friends told us about White Russia. They visited it once and definitely recommended it.

27.03.2017

Low cost airlines don't correspond to National Airport Minsk's quality standards - Melikyan
Low cost airlines don't correspond to National Airport Minsk's quality standards - Melikyan The second runway will be built at the national airport Minsk in 2018. Now the Minsk air harbor is being modernized. Soon new telescopic ladders and panoramic lifts will be installed there. Will low cost airlines come to Belarus? The TV program Week talked with director of the airport Dmitry Melikyan. 3.5 million passengers have already gone through the National Airport. Has the visa-free regime increased passenger traffic?

22.03.2017

Belarus, Oman sign memorandum to expand tourism
Belarus, Oman sign memorandum to expand relations in tourism Belarus and Oman have confirmed a high level of partnership. The Belarusian Foreign Minister held talks with the leadership of the Sultanate as well as businessmen during the official visit to Muscat. The sides discussed possibilities of cooperation in politics, economy, investment, education, science and culture. A memorandum of understanding was signed to create a basis for the expansion of tourist contacts.

20.03.2017

Free Wi-Fi at 19 railway stations in Belarus by summer 2017
Free Wi-Fi at 19 railway stations in Belarus by summer 2017 Free Wi-Fi will be installed at 19 railway stations of the largest cities of Belarus. The Internet hot spots will be available in the halls and waiting rooms by the summer of 2017. The Wi-Fi network will cover some towns of the Minsk region, include Molodechno and Borisov. The novelty will be available to subscribers of any cell operator after they pass authentication.  For this you will only need to enter your mobile phone number in a special field and then receive an SMS with an access password.

16.03.2017

Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty
Minsk in miniature: secrets of creating such beauty Have you ever wanted to embrace the unembraceable and look at Belarus from the clouds standing safely on the ground? The idea of creating a museum came to the author of the Miniature Belarus project Evgeny Danilik spontaneously, and his favorite city Minsk served as a source of inspiration.

14.03.2017

Over 4,000 tourists visit Belarus after one month of visa-free regime
Over 4,000 tourists visit Belarus after one month of visa-free regime Over the 30 days of the visa-free regime in Belarus, more than 4,200 foreigners visited the country. Most often visitors were Germans - about 700 people. Among the leaders also Poles, Italians, French, British and Americans. The new order of entry to Belarus came into force on 12 February. Foreigners can visit Belarus for five days for free, but only if they arrive via Minsk National Airport. Visa requirements were dropped for citizens of 80 countries, including all the EU member states, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others.

05.03.2017

Introduced five-day visa-free regime to be increased for health tourists?
Five-day visa-free regime to be extended for health tourists? The five-day visa-free regime for health tourists may be increased. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV: The visa-free regime is valid for five days. Do you think that it is enough? May be this issue should be looked at more thoroughly?
Business tourism to be developed in Minsk
Business tourism to be developed in Minsk  Business tourism will be developed in Belarus capital Minsk. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:Different kinds of tourism are widespread all over the world (event tourism, health and nostalgic tourism). Do such kinds of tourisms exist in Minsk? May be there are interesting offers?

03.03.2017

Giorgi Margvelashvili ends visit to Belarus with package of agreements
Giorgi Margvelashvili ends visit to Belarus with package of agreements The official visit to Belarus of the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, has concluded. During two days in Belarus, the Georgian president had talks at the highest level, meetings with MPs and government officials, as well as talked with students and got familiar with Belarus' historical sights.
Tourists spend at least 200 euros in Minsk
Tourists spend at least 200 euros in Minsk According to unofficial statistics, 700 thousand tourists visit Minsk during one year. How does Minsk earn on it? The TV program Big City found out. Elena Plis, director of the tourist and information center Minsk:The minimum check of the tourist when staying in Minsk is about 200-250 euros. We can calculate how much money tourists leave. They live in hotels, buy souvenirs, eat in restaurants or cafes. That is, incomes are very good.

02.03.2017

Belarusian police's 100th anniversary parade due in Minsk March 4
Belarusian police's 100th anniversary parade due in Minsk March 4 Rehearsal of a parade in honor of the 100th anniversary of Belarusian police was held yesterday late in the evening in October Square. On March 4, Minsk will host a grand procession of Belarusian police. The solemn march will involve various police units, the orchestra of the Ministry of Interior, as well as a motorcade. It will consist of a variety of models: armored cars and sapper-pyrotechnic cars with robots. Viewers will see the skills of motorcycle escort.

01.03.2017

Tourist navigation guidance to appear in new areas of Minsk
Tourist navigation guidance to appear in new areas of Minsk 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.
Minsk bus tours : learn more about the city
Minsk bus tours : learn more about the city What tourist routes will get Minsk residents interested? Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk": A project “Excursion Minsk” is available for Minsk residents. Excursion buses number 1 and 100 were designed in the same style. At the price of a bus ticket a person can go on a coach excursion at a set time (from 10 am to 5 pm or from 8 pm to 10 pm) and listen to it in the Russian, English, and the Belarusian languages. Both routes are accompanied by an excursion dubbing.
Up to 700,000 tourists visit Minsk annually
Up to 700,000 tourists visit Minsk annually How many foreigners visit Belarus capital? Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":Official statistics don’t look too promising, they count only those tourists, who come to the capital using travel agency excursion services. Taking into consideration the world tourist flow, some 80-85 % of the flow are individual tourists. They enter a country without travel agency services. According to unofficial figures, about 600,000- 700,000 tourists visit Minsk annually.
How many English-language tours are on offer in Minsk?
Travel companies in Minsk developing English-language tours for travellers Where can English-speaking tourists go in Belarus? The TV program Big City asked Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk. Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk:Agencies in the capital have joined very actively and are now developing new programs of excursions, including in English. There are companies that have developed a schedule of excursions for English-speaking groups until the end of the week.

20.02.2017

Video about Belarus gaining popularity on the Internet
Video about Belarus gaining popularity on the Internet How do foreign guests see Belarus? A new image movie about Belarus is gaining popularity on the Internet. Shrovetide rites, national souvenirs and, of course, pancakes, which flavor and taste is familiar to everyone who has ever been to Belarus. The two-minute video tells the whole story how you can spend time in Belarus - from the era of knights in Mir Castle to outdoor recreation in winter fir forest.
Over 1,000 foreigners visit Belarus visa-free since February 12
Over 1,000 foreigners visit Belarus without visas since February 12 More than a thousand foreigners have visited Belarus visa-free since the abolishment of visas. Citizens of 46 countries have already used this opportunity. Belarus is the most popular among Germans, Poles and Italians. However, there are also visitors from some distant countries such as Malta, Ireland, Bahrain and others. The majority of these are businessmen. The visa-free regime for a period of five days became effective in Belarus on February 12. Visas were abolished for citizens of 80 countries.

18.02.2017

More tourist information spots in Minsk planned
More tourist information spots in Minsk planned Foreigners will be able to learn about Minsk directly from the central railway station Minsk-Passazhirsky. Minsk is going to increase the number of tourist information points. The need is dictated by the increase in the number of visitors after the introduction of the 5-day visa-free regime for foreign citizens. By the way, it has been in force since 12 February.

16.02.2017

Unique exhibition of irons in Brest
Unique exhibition of irons in Brest A unique collection of irons and old household items such as authentic and scales and samovars has been presented at an exhibition in Brest. Nevertheless, the most impressive is the collection of irons. The exhibition presents heavy 10-kilogram irons, and tiny irons with a weight of just over 300 grams. Moreover, there are coal, alcohol, gas and braziers irons on display! A resident of Brest was gathering these items all over the world during over 10 years.
500 tourists visit Belarus in first four days of visa-free regime
500 tourists visit Belarus in first four days of visa-free regime About 500 foreigners have visited Belarus without obtaining a visa since February 12 when the visa-free entry was introduced. Most guests came from Germany and Poland - about 80 tourists from each country. Almost 50 Italians have also expressed interest in Belarus. Among other nations are Lithuanians, French and English.

15.02.2017

'Belarus. Above Expectations' tourism promotional video
'Belarus. Above Expectations' tourism promotional video An image video about the tourism potential of Belarus has been released. A new promotional video about the tourism potential of Belarus has appeared on the Internet. It was created at the order of the National Tourism Agency of Belarus and published on marketing.by's YouTube channel. The video is called "Belarus. Above expectations." Photo: belarus.travel
Visa-free regime in Belarus
Welcome to visa-free Belarus! This week names of stations in the Minsk underground are again pronounced both in the Belarusian and the English languages. Belarusians thought: ‘Are we going to have another Ice Hockey Championship, but do not know about it?’ No, they are not. This was done for the sake of tourists who will come to Belarus without visas. At midnight on February 12, 2017 the visa-free regime for five days for citizens of 80 states, including those of the European Union, came into force in Belarus.

14.02.2017

Minsk Tractor Works neighborhood: “Town inside city” and threat of demolition Many people visited Tractor Works Town and many of them compared it either with a small Paris or with Monmartre Boulevard but Belarusian poet Piatrus Brouka compared it with a huge hero pulling out pines in the forest with his broad shoulders. Cosy low-rise buildings, steeples, fancy balconies and empire pilasters. The tractor works town is a memorial to the post WWII period. Now it seems to be created for leisurely walks through avenues. And only creative intellectuals are to live there.
Belarus 10th safest country in Numbeo ratings
Belarus 10th safest country in Numbeo ratings Belarus is one of the top 10 countries with the highest level of security. In Numbeo ratings, Belarus has bypassed its neighbors Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. First place is occupied by Qatar. Other peaceful countries for life are Singapore, Austria, the United Arab Emirates and Georgia. The highest crime rate is registered in Honduras, Papua New Guinea and Venezuela. Numbeo has assessed safety in 125 countries.

13.02.2017

Night Brest and Gomel photographed from space
Night Brest and Gomel photographed from space Our fellow countryman cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky has posted another photo report in his account in a social network. Following Minsk, the crew commander showed his subscribers images of night Gomel and Brest from sky height as he had promised. Here is how the cities look in night lights. The photos have already collected several thousand likes. In the comments users thank the cosmonaut for the stunning images.

11.02.2017

Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk
Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk Minsk is ready to receive hundreds of tourists from different countries. The visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states will be opened on the 12th of February. Affordable stay, decent service and nice prices will definitely please guests of the capital! Minsk is increasingly becoming a favorite city among foreign visitors especially during the holidays. Minsk is one of cities which Russians choose for a romantic Valentine's Day trip.

10.02.2017

Bialowieza Forest into The Telegraph's top 25 tourist destinations in Eastern Europe
Bialowieza Forest into The Telegraph's top 25 tourist destinations in Eastern Europe The Telegraph has made a list of the top 25 places in Eastern Europe to be seen. In the top five are Tallinn, the Danube in Romania, Riga, Montenegro's national parks, and Lake Bled in Slovenia. Moscow and St. Petersburg are also there. When it comes to Belarus, the journalists offer to visit the Bialowieza Forest. This national park is ranked 18th. "2,000 kinds of plants, 200 species of birds, well restored and the largest fragment of the ancient European forest," reads The Telegraph's article.

02.02.2017

First Belarusian-American oncology conference due in Minsk in April 2017
First Belarusian-American oncology conference due in Minsk in April 2017 A care home for patients and their relatives will be constructed in the Centre of Oncology in Borovlyany near Minsk. This is a good and convenient alternative to a hospital ward. For a small fee here you can undergo outpatient examination, which is much cheaper than inpatient treatment. However, every year patients from 25 countries come to the center. The construction of the boarding house will greatly expand the possibilities of the center in the field of medical tourism, thus attracting more foreign patients.

01.02.2017

Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases Foreigners arriving on visa-free regime at Minsk National Airport will be checked through a special database of Belarus and Russia. National Airport Minsk was chosen as a visa-free gateway to Belarus for a reason. Here border services use a special security system, as well as border and customs control is especially tight.

30.01.2017

Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for foreign tourists
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for tourists Brest in the near future may become visa-free for foreign tourists. Convenient border regime has been in force in the Bialowieza Forest for one and a half years already. And, most importantly, it fully justifies itself. During 2016 the picturesque Belarusian reserve was visited by more than seven thousand visa-free visitors.

29.01.2017

Belarus is country of pleasant surprise, deputy sport and tourism minister says
Belarus is country of pleasant surprise, deputy sport and tourism minister says The French want to surprise tourists with croissants and Belarus with pancakes and the national dish called mochanka! What else? This week, the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of Belarus has opened their portal belarus.travel, which is expected to lure curious foreigners. The search for paparats-kvetka, unique forests, the lungs of Europe - swamps, bison and all other things are there, with a touch of conspiracy and slight mystery. "The country of pleasant surprise" - this is how organizers of inbound tourism portray Belarus.

18.01.2017

Belarus And Hong Kong Agree To Abolish Visas
Belarus, Hong Kong plan to abolish visas Belarus and Hong Kong have agreed on the mutual abolition of visas. The agreement was reached during the official visit of the Belarusian delegation to the special administrative region of China. This official visit has significantly intensified contacts at the business level. The sides have also signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation. This document provides for measures to help prevent tax evasion on income and property between Belarus and Hong Kong.
Interactive information center in Brest Fortress
Tourist information center opens in Brest Fortress An interactive information center has opened in Brest Fortress. Tourists can now better orient themselves here. Moreover, you can book a tour, buy souvenirs and take a brochure. Previously, information about the defenders of the Citadel could be obtained only in the Brest Fortress Defense Museum. 

17.01.2017

Visa-free entry for foreigners in Belarus: basic principles
Visa-free entry for foreigners in Belarus: basic principles Belarus introduces a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. There are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others. Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through the National Airport and stay here up to five days. The changes take effect on February 12.

12.01.2017

Belarus among leading former Soviet nations in information development
Belarus among leading former Soviet nations in information development Supermarkets in Belarus have already started putting “fair price tags” with the full value of the product per kilogram and liter. Many buyers liked this initiative because of the possibility of comparing prices from different suppliers. “FAIR PRICE TAGS”

30.12.2016

New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video)
New Year streets of Brest, Belarus (video) One of the oldest cities in Belarus, Brest, was clad in festive illumination back in the middle of December 2016. The city in southwest Belarus has turned into a magical realm. A ‘missile tree' has 'landed' on Boulevard of Cosmonauts. Not far from it are snowmen-aliens on a Christmas flying saucer. A huge designer tree near one of the city's department stores is worth seeing too. It sparkles like a real New Year's beauty, but none of the inhabitants of coniferous forests has been damaged. Near the Christmas tree fly colorful butterflies.
Smoking to be banned in Belarusian eateries in 2017
Smoking to be banned in Belarusian eateries in 2017 It will be banned to smoke in Belarusian eateries in 2017. This will not affect only designated areas. Thus there will be no more rooms for smokers and non-smokers in Belarusian eateries as it was before. Owners of public catering establishments will be required to equip areas for tobacco lovers. In addition, restaurateurs will be offered to determine the dress code for their clients. It is expected that this measure will also be introduced in 2017.

26.12.2016

Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus
Tourists about visa-free areas in Belarus Nearly 6,000 foreigners have visited Belarus without visas. We are talking about cross-border tourism, especially in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha and Augustow Canal. Guests visit Belarus mainly from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the UK, Spain and the United States. Ekaterina Romantsevich, tourist from Latvia:We will surely come back. We have promised our daughter and we will invite some friends. In terms of logistics, you still have some work to do.

23.12.2016

Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk
Architectural miniatures museum opens in Minsk All Belarus is now available inside one building. The Palace of Trade Unions in Minsk has opened a museum of architectural miniatures. The Lida and Kossovo castles, Kalozha church and Brest Fortress - all in all, the exhibition includes 17 replicas of Belarusian sites. There are many more to come.

15.12.2016

Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016
Belarus may drop visas for foreigners by end of 2016 Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreigners by the end of 2016.  The only condition is that you need to arrive in Belarus through the main air harbor - National Airport Minsk (also known as Minsk-2). This issue is now at the stage of approval in the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. The agency has cited positive experience of the introduction of such a regime with certain countries. 

14.12.2016

Belarus' Radon health resort known worldwide for radon waters
Belarus' Radon health resort known worldwide for radon waters The health resort Radon has won the prestigious international award "Choice of the Year". This sanatorium is one of the best health resorts of Belarus, which is famous for radon waters. Their curative properties are not inferior to the well-known sources of Georgian resorts. This award is won by the Belarusian health resort for the second year in a row.
5G development in Belarus due in 2017
5G development in Belarus due in 2017 4G standard will appear in all regional cities of Belarus as early as in December 2016. 5G technology will be developed in Belarus beginning with 2017. The first wave of information innovations is expected on 23 December. On this day, 4G will be launched in Gomel, Brest, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Grodno. The next step will be more than 30 regional centers to which 4G will come in January. Therefore, advanced technologies will be available to more than 5.5 million Belarusians.

10.12.2016

A half-finished scale copy of Lida Castle for the Mini Country museum
Mini Belarus: New museum is on the way An unusual museum will open its doors in Minsk by the end of 2016. Veronika Kondratyuk, CTV:Some get inspiration from distant journeys, others need just an ordinary stroll along the picturesque streets of a big city. For instance, this map of Minsk of the Russian Empire times has inspired Evgeny Danilik to create an exceptional museum. Evgeny Danilik, author of Strana Mini (the Mini Country) project:We saw a picture on the wall, and then we had this light-bulb moment.

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