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20.11.2017

Enjoy Belarusian nature on cruise ship Belaya Rus
Cruise motor ship Belaya Rus offers Belarusian nature tours The first Belarus' cruise ship called Belaya Rus is already in demand among Russian tourists. Sailing through Belarus you will enjoy the beauty of Belarus' nature and its villages. Prices range from 300 to 1200 euros. The tour is available from April to October. The route is Brest - Mozyr and back. 523km of waterway passes through such towns as Kobrin, Pinsk, Turov (also spelled as Turau, the most ancient town in Belarus) and others.

10.11.2017

Do you need to fill out migration card entering Belarus?
Do you need to fill out migration card entering Belarus? Foreign citizens entering and leaving Belarus will not fill out the migration cards if they are not going to travel to Russia, the Belarus Parliament said. This provision is among the amendments and additions to the agreement between Belarus and Russia regarding the use of a single migration card, which the two countries share. The Protocol on Amendments was ratified by Belarus.

09.11.2017

Apple impressed with Belarusian's photo
Apple impressed with Belarusian's photo The official Apple account in Instagram has published a mobile snapshot made in Belarus capital Minsk. The photo shows a vintage car against a bright pink wall and a streetlight. "The last days of summer. The weather is changing, the summer is leaving, the winter is coming - but this building is bright and colorful. Like eternal summer," wrote the photo's author.

03.11.2017

Warm weather in Minsk during November 2017 holidays
Warm weather in Minsk during November 2017 holidays Warm weather is expected in the coming weekend when Belarus celebrates November holidays. There might be some rain and fog, said deputy head of the meteorological forecasting service of BelGidromet Svetlana Rybakova. MORE: How Belarus celebrates October Revolution Day (yes, it's celebrated in November!)

31.10.2017

New Minsk-Warsaw train costs 18 euros
New daily Minsk-Warsaw train: Price, schedule and other details A new train will go from Minsk to Warsaw and back every day starting from December 2017. Passengers will only have to change trains in Brest, but the cost has significantly dropped to only 18 euros, Belarusian Railways says. Unlike with Russian trains going from Moscow’s Belorusskaya Station to Warsaw (it will continue to go thrice a week), the cars of the new train will not be adjusted to a narrow gauge in Brest.

30.10.2017

Grodno Region hoping for 10-day visa-free regime
Grodno Region hoping for 10-day visa-free regime It has been exactly one year since the visa free regime to Grodno and the Augustow Canal was set. It positively influenced the tourist development of the unique waterworks.

27.10.2017

Visa-free regime in Belarus may be extended up to 30 days
Belarus may extend visa-free regime to 30 days Belarus may increase the period of stay without visas to 30 days, Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei told Financial Times. "Our initiative is designed to facilitate business contacts between Belarus and the EU, to promote the development of tourism. And this is not the limit: we intend to increase the duration of stay in Belarus without visas to 10 or even 30 days. But we will approach this gradually.
Lebyazhy water park in Minsk among 11 best in the world - Tripadvisor
Lebyazhy water park in Minsk among 11 best in the world in 2017 - Tripadvisor Minsk's waterpark Lebyazhy has got into the list of 25 best water parks in Europe, according to Tripadvisor. This year, it took 11th place, rising eight notches as compared to 2016. Tripadvisor annually makes ratings of the best tourist sites in Europe and the world based on reviews of travelers from different countries. The lists include hotels, resorts, museums and other facilities, including water parks. Lebyazhy (in English: Swan) took 11th place, overtaking some parks of Spain, Portugal, Britain and Lithuania.

24.10.2017

Mindaugas and Mickiewicz cycling routes being created in Belarus' Novogrudok region
Mindaugas and Mickiewicz cycling routes to appear in Belarus Four new tourist bike routes along historical trails around the places of King Mindaugas and the poet Adam Mickiewicz will appear in the Novogrudok region, Belarus. Each will pass through the most important historical places. One of them, a roundabout, about 2 km long, will bear the name of King Mindaugas. Another one - 12-km long - will get tourists familiar with the places connected with Adam Mickiewicz. Both routes will start from the tourist center in the town of Novogrudok.

20.10.2017

Signallers troops exhibition opens at Stalin Line
Signaller troops exhibition opens at Stalin Line near Minsk A new exposition of equipment for the Day of Signaller Troops was opened in the historical and cultural complex "Stalin's Line". Among the exhibits are all kinds of equipment: from telephone and telegraph to space technologies.  There are also unique ones. The first visitor received an original gift from the chief of the signalers troops of the Belarusian army.

16.10.2017

British ambassador travelling to ancient town of Turov
How British ambassador to Belarus travelled to ancient town of Turov Many high-ranking foreigners open countries anew thanks to a diplomatic mission to a certain state. Fiona Gibb, the British Ambassador to Belarus, admired the beauties of the Pripyat together with her mother. The high guests from the Foggy Albion chose probably the most "British" weather to feel the unique atmosphere of Polesie. You walked a lot in the woods today, how do you like the weather? It seems to me that it is already quite cold!

12.10.2017

Belarus presents portal for online booking of tourist services
Belarus presents portal for online booking of tourist services A web portal of online booking of tourist services in Belarus was presented at the Days of Minsk in Moscow. The Forum for Business Cooperation was held in Moscow which discussed the development of the two capitals.  Experts also exchanged experience in energy saving, construction and repairs.
Fiona Gibb: About 9,000 tourists from UK expected in Belarus in 2017
Fiona Gibb: About 9,000 tourists from UK expected in Belarus in 2017 7,000 guests from the UK visited Belarus in 2017. Until the end of the year, this figure should increase by another 2,000, said October 11 Fiona Gibb, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Belarus. According to the diplomat, the five-day visa-free regime had a positive impact on the tourism industry of Belarus. These days an international team of tourists from Great Britain, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Ukraine is travelling through the Gomel region's Polesie.

05.10.2017

Is 5 visa-free days enough for tourists in Belarus?
Are five visa-free days enough for tourists in Belarus? Belarus is mulling over allowing tourists to stay in the country visa-free for 10 instead of the current 5 days. In the Grodno region, the visa-free regime has been in force for almost a year now. Practice showed that guests not only from neighboring countries want to see Belarus visa-free. This canvas with reviews from foreigners is as an indicator of the effectiveness of the visa-free regime.

02.10.2017

Navigation boards for tourists appear in Grodno
Navigation boards for tourists appear in Grodno The first board was set up in the very center of the city. Places nearby can be seen on the map. It will help the guests of the visa-free regime zone to navigate on the place. All the writing is in the Russian and English languages.

28.09.2017

Not violence but law of nature: why hunters from all over the world come to Belarus; rules and cost of killing bison
Why hunters from all over the world come to Belarus Hunting technologies didn’t change much over hundreds of years. In the Middle Ages, it was a royal privilege in our land. Nowadays it’s luxury pastime. Many Belarusians and foreigners are ready to spend their money to get these incomparable feelings. Oleg Krivenia, hunter:Grouse shooting is very exciting. Just imagine: early spring, you sit in a tent for a very long time and then comes a grouse and settles down with noise.

27.09.2017

Minsk more popular among tourists this autumn, ahead of Astana and Baku
Minsk most popular among Russian tourists, ahead of Astana and Baku Minsk is becoming a tourist mecca for Russians, according to the results of a special poll. This fall, the Belarusian capital outscored Astana and Baku. The rating was made by one of the Russian analytical agencies. According to experts, tourists stay in Minsk on average for two and a half days.
Chinese tourists to be allowed 30-day visa-free entry to Belarus
Chinese tourists to be allowed 30-day visa-free entry to Belarus The tourists from China are always welcomed in Belarus. Citizens from China will be allowed a 30-day visa-free entry to the country. This idea is now being worked out by foreign policy departments.

25.09.2017

Foreigners to be allowed to stay in Belarus without registration for 10 days
Foreigners to be allowed to stay in Belarus without registration for 10 days There will be more visa-free territories in Belarus now: the railway station, the airport in Grodno and part of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha will be added to the already visa-free Augustow channel. On September 25, the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of Belarus said foreigners will be able to stay in Belarus without registration for 10 days instead of current five. It is also considering the introduction of a 30-day visa-free regime for guests from China.

22.09.2017

Japanese autumn in Minsk: What to see?
Japanese autumn in Minsk: What to see? The Japanese autumn has come to Minsk. This is the traditional festival of culture of the country of the Rising Sun. Master classes on aikido were already held within the festival. Anyone could attend such a training session, with the first visit to the master already giving you some basics of aikido. In addition to receptions, participants were told about the history of this martial art.

21.09.2017

Minsk named the most popular city of CIS among tourists in autumn 2017
Minsk named the most popular city of CIS among tourists in autumn 2017 The Belarusian capital has topped another tourist rating. This time Minsk was named the most popular city of the CIS for tourists this fall. Such data is given by one of the authoritative analytical agencies. In addition to the capital of Belarus, the top ten includes Astana, Baku, and Kiev. The average term of a visit to Minsk in the autumn is 2.5 days, with tourists spending up to $70 per day.

14.09.2017

Writers' Park will appear in Minsk
Writers' Park will appear in Minsk The writers' park may appear in Minsk. There are plans to name the nameless green zone near the National Library in honor of famous writers of Belarus. The concept of the park is still being developed. But it is possible that the first trees here will appear in autumn.

13.09.2017

The only black panther in Belarus lives in Grodno Zoo
The only black panther in Belarus lives in Grodno Zoo The big cat has already got used to Grodno's life, eats with appetite and got along with the neighboring predators. However, he still hides from visitors. To catch an animal in an external enclosure is a great success. When the CTV crew approached him, the panther posed for the camera and even meowed. The amazing cat came from Nizhny Novgorod for exchange and it took him long to adapt. Dark color in these animals is a rarity. In the zoo, the graceful animal was given the name of Mr. Black.

12.09.2017

Second information and tourist kiosk opens in Minsk
Second tourist information point opens in Minsk Welcome to Minsk! The second information and tourist kiosk opened on September 6 in the Upper Town. The first such points started working in June at the railway station. Next will be the kiosk at the National Airport Minsk. The infokiosk in the historical part of the capital opened under the sign Kropka (Point). Here you can not only buy gifts and souvenirs, but also get guiding information in Belarusian, Russian and English. Another nice bonus: any help here is given for free.

08.09.2017

'Ideal skyscraper' built in vulica Kastryčnickaja, Minsk
'Perfect skyscraper' built in vulica Kastryčnickaja, Minsk Walking along vulica Kastryčnickaja (Oktyabrskaya Street) in Minsk, you can notice an unusual construction. It's the perfect skyscraper. Named so by the authors of the project - young architects Ilya and Anastasia - it is meant to diversify the urban space, to bring something new and useful in it.

07.09.2017

Minsk City Day fireworks due at 11pm on September 9
Minsk City Day fireworks due at 11pm on September 9 Minsk turns 950 years in 2017. The city will celebrate the anniversary from 7 to 10 September. Minsk residents and guests will be offered an entertaining program, including fairs, historical re-enactments and sports competitions. The main day of celebration will be Saturday - September 9. Festivities will take place in Minsk center from morning till evening. The holiday will finish with a fireworks display accompanied by music.
National Airport Minsk introduces parking limits near airport building
National Airport Minsk limits parking near airport building It could be economic news, but the National Airport Minsk says the changes are explained by security requirements. We are talking about the new rules of ground movement near at the main airport of Belarus. They caused a wide resonance among passengers. Changes concern incoming passengers. From now on, those who are meet passengers after landing on a private car will have to get to their car on foot, unless it's the transfer of the airport itself. This is quite a long distance considering that most of passengers also have luggage.

04.09.2017

Belarusian hotels now submit registration info on tourists to police via electronic system
Belarusian hotels now submit registration info on tourists via electronic system From September 1, Belarusian hotels submit information on incoming tourists to the Ministry of Internal Affairs through an electronic system. This is a practice accepted worldwide. It operates in the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and other countries. This was made possible thanks to the Unified Services Portal. The resource will make the procedure more convenient. At the same time, hotels, hostels and other similar services still have the right to submit this information in other ways.
Italy culture festival held in Minsk: National cuisine, music and traditions presented
Italy culture festival held in Minsk: National cuisine, music and traditions presented A festival of friendship between Italy and Belarus was held in Minsk on September 3 with theater performances, fashion shows and magic music. The festival in Upper Town featured bands that presented the traditions of both countries, pointing to the close historical connection between the cultures of Belarus and Italy. Participants of Belarusian Fashion Week demonstrated new collections of designer clothes, while Italian songs emphasized the special atmosphere of the festival.

28.08.2017

First corn labyrinth appears in Belarus
First corn labyrinth appears in Belarus' Kukupolis eco-park This is Belarus' first unusual labyrinth. Symbolizing a green map of Belarus, the maze takes up an area of ​​2.5 hectares. You will have to try hard to get to Brest or Vitebsk among the corn jungle!

25.08.2017

Week of Georgian cuisine to be held in Belarus
Week of Georgian cuisine to be held in Belarus Dozens of Minsk cafes and restaurants will join the culinary festival with Georgian color, which will be held from August 28 to September 2.   The menu will include a wide variety of eastern dishes, even dessert kebab. The cooks will conduct master classes. Everyone will be able to learn how to cook khachapuri and churchkhela.
Delegations from nine countries to attend 950th anniversary celebrations in Minsk
Delegations from nine countries to attend 950th anniversary celebrations in Minsk Guests from Russia, France, China, Poland, Moldova, Great Britain, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Austria are invited for the festivities timed to the 950th anniversary of Minsk. Representatives of 11 sister cities and four partner cities are expected to arrive in the Belarusian capital.

23.08.2017

Belarus' Salihorsk to turn 60 in 2018
Belarus' Salihorsk to turn 60 in 2018 The Soligorsk district central library has been recognized as the best in Belarus. In the contest, it outpaced fifty competitors and won the jury's hearts in a variety of projects. One of the most famous is The Cultural Code of Soligorsk. Thanks to it you can now walk along unique routes with the help of your smartphone and learn the most interesting facts from the history of the young town.

18.08.2017

BelAZ to allow tourists to drive giant truck
BelAZ to allow tourists to drive giant truck Would you like to seat behind the wheel of a mining dump truck? You can now do that in Belarus! Tourists can ride on the giant Belarusian dump truck BelAZ with a payload capacity of 220 tons. The vehicle has the height of a three-story building.

14.08.2017

Minsk Pancake Fair held near Sports Palace
Minsk Pancake Fair held near Sports Palace On August 12, the Minsk Pancake Fair was held at the Palace of Sports. The main Belarusian dish - potato pancake - was cooked in various forms and with different ingredients like cottage cheese. The opinions of the jury and visitors were divided, although everyone did get the gastronomic shock (in a pleasant way)! People who showed the best knowledge of the history of origin of Belarusian potato pancakes could taste some dishes for free!
National Park Narochansky develops virtual maps for tourists
National Park Narochansky develops virtual maps for tourists National Park Narochansky made it easier for tourists to get acquainted with the main Belarusian resort. Special virtual maps have been developed that will help the guests of the region not to get lost. The maximum of information is the motto of the project. The implementation of the idea began two years ago. There was a single map for all tourists, which contained a full list of useful and interesting objects. In 2017, the resort presented thematic maps - for fishermen, motorists, and cyclists.

11.08.2017

Brest airport renovating runway
Brest airport renovating runway to accept larger flights The Brest airport has begun the renovation of the runway. At the same time, the airport is working as usual. It is planned that works on the strip will be completed in the autumn of 2017. The builders have already removed 180 meters of old coating, which is almost 30 years old. In total, it is necessary to update more than 2.5 kilometers of coating. At the same time, the shape and size of Brest's runway will remain the same.
Potato pancake festival to be held in Minsk August 12-13
Potato pancake festival to be held in Minsk August 12-13 70 recipes of Belarusians' favorite dish - potato pancakes (Russian: draniki) - will be offered to tourists in Minsk this weekend. You can taste potato masterpieces from the chefs of cafes and restaurants at the Palace of Sports in the city center.  In addition to tasting, cooks will arrange master classes, while a professional jury will choose the most delicious pancake at the fair.  The Belarusian national dish will be cooked with sour cream, cream, mushroom sauce, kebab and home-made sausages. 

07.08.2017

Birdwatching tours in Minsk's Lošyсki Park every Thursday
Birdwatching tours in Minsk's Lošyсki Park every Thursday Every Thursday you are welcome to take free tours - the so-called Bird's evenings - in Minsk's Loshitsky Park (Lošyсki Park). Participants get acquainted with birds and also learn to distinguish them by voice. Each visitor is given special binoculars to better see larks, finches and titmouses.

31.07.2017

Brest celebrates 998th birthday with carnival
Brest celebrates 998th birthday with carnival One of the oldest cities in Belarus - Brest - celebrated its 998th Birthday this weekend. The scope of the holiday impressed many.

28.07.2017

Industrial tourism in Belarus gaining momentum Watch how products from crystal are made, sit in the cab of the world's largest pit truck, and join the team of factory workers to assemble the legendary Belarusian tractor with the same name - Belarus. Industrial tourism in Belarus is truly gaining momentum. Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) began to develop this new direction of tourism at the beginning of 2017. Since then the company has received more than 1,500 tourists. Since recently, the guests have also got an opportunity to take part in assembling of the legendary Belarusian tractor.
Helicopter sport world championship underway near Minsk
19th Belarusian Open Helicopter Championships underway near Minsk 19th Belarusian Open Helicopter Championships (WHC 2018 Test Event) continues near Belarus' capital Minsk. Almost 30 crews from Russia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus are fighting for medals in seven disciplines at the Borovaya airfield these days. On July 28 the pilots will demonstrate, perhaps, one of the most spectacular exercises - slalom. The main task for the crew is to carry a bucket of water over obstacles, dropping as little water as possible. By July 30, the festival guests will get many more surprises.

27.07.2017

Youth camp Be-La-Rus opens in Vitebsk region on July 27
Youth camp Be-La-Rus opens in Vitebsk region on July 27 The youth of Belarus, Russia and Latvia have gathered at the junction of the borders of the three countries. The youth camp "Be-La-Rus" opens on July 27 in the Vitebsk region. Traditionally, the tent citys be located in a forest glade in the Verhnedvinsk district, not far from the Friendship Barrow, which was created in memory of the combat cooperation of the guerrillas of the three countries during WWII.

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.

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