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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
'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."
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Vitebsk, Grodno regions leading in growth of tourism services
The Vitebsk and Grodno regions are in the lead in terms of the growth of tourism services, according to Belarus' Ministry of Sport and Tourism.
Guests from China, Turkey, Israel and India have started to come to Belarus more often.
During the first 9 months of 2016, the growth rate of exports of travel services to Ukraine and Russia exceeded the 2015 figures.
There are more foreign tourists who exercise their right to visa-free travel in the Bialowieza Forest and the Augustow Canal.
Colobus monkey settles in Grodno zoo, Belarus
The only Belarusian colobus monkeys can be seen in Grodno Zoo. The Oriental animals come from Russia's Kaliningrad. Playful and active, they cause enthusiasm not only in children but also in adults.
The animals are now getting accustomed to the new place, next to a young alpaca and two baby tigers. They are not hiding from people, unlike barn owls, who arrived in Grodno from Russia.
Who decides on hotel star rating in Belarus?
30% of rooms in Minsk are in three-star hotels. There are four five-star hotels, approximately 6.5% of the number of rooms in Minsk. The share of four-star hotel rooms is 16%. The number of premium hotels does not exceed the number of hotels of the budget segment.
Minsk is ready to provide accommodation for any tourist - depending on the wishes of the level of service and payment options.
Newspaper stalls in Belarus to become mini-shops with Wi-Fi and coffee
BelSoyuzPechat newspaper stalls in Belarus will radically change their appearance in the coming years. Small stalls will be replaced by large shopping pavilions. Such transformation has been already carried out in Minsk and now this will be done across the country.
New shopping pavilions are warm and convenient: you can not only buy a periodical or a book but also have a cup of coffee and access the Internet via wi-fi.
A special electronic system will help you track the sale of newspapers, journals and related products.
Average hotel room price in Minsk about $40
Prices per night in Minsk hotels are falling, according to hotel management authorities.
Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:
How expensive is a hotel stay in Minsk? We do not take luxury hotels or four-star rooms. Let's take a three-star hotel.
Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020
10 hotels will be built in Minsk by 2020. Thus, the hotel network of the capital of Belarus will reach 58 complexes. That would be about 13,000 beds and 7,000 rooms.
Yuri Natychko, head of household and hotel service of the Minsk City Executive Committee:
All hotels that are being built at the moment are expected to be completed by 2020.
These are hotels built without the involvement of public funds.
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus
White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers.
The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.
English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center
There will be more English-language tourist information in Minsk. The facades of architectural monuments in Upper Town in the center of Minsk now have glass plates with a picture and description of the history of each of the main buildings.
Sights are in Belarusian and English languages: tourists can now explore the historical center even without a guide.
Brazil joins the club: all about visa-free travel for Belarusians
From November 25, there is one more country Belarusians can travel visa-free: Brazil has joined the club of 40 countries keeping their doors open to the citizens of Belarus. There is some more good news for avid travellers. Belarusian passport climbs slow and sure up the “travel freedom” list.
All in all
Belarusians can visit 41 countries without red tape constraints. The list of them is really astonishing. Not to mention the neighbouring Russia and Ukraine, there are, for instance, such exotic spots as Peru, Ecuador and Cuba.
All eateries in Belarus may become tobacco-free
All eateries in Belarus may become tobacco-free. More than 50% of Belarusians support the idea and are willing to bring it to public discussion.
It is no that difficult to refuse from the addiction in the XXI century: it's enough to apply to a clinic.
Doctors have developed a set of programs to help you quit smoking.
However, almost 30% of Belarusians are tobacco-addicted.
Friday is free day in 4 Minsk museums until end of 2016
Free contemplation of priceless works. Want that while in Minsk?
From November 18, 2016, four museums of Minsk have started a campaign of unprecedented generosity.
Every Friday until the end of 2016, visitors can come free to the National History Museum, National Art Museum, the Museum of the History of Theatrical and Musical Culture and the Gallery of Modern Art.
Enjoy Minsk's cultural life for free!
Border waiting time for Moscow-Berlin train in Brest to reduce by four times
Moscow – Minsk – Warsaw – Berlin. It will take you only 20 hours to visit the European capitals by rail. On November 16, a machine that will reduce the time of track gauge conversion was launched. However, this technology is used only for a new Spanish train.
Alexander Mikhalevsky, Brest station gauge conversion point: The change of track width to narrow, 1,435 mm, or back to wide, 1,520 mm, takes place here within 15-20 meters. At this time, all passengers are in carriages and nothing bothers them.
No plans for new hotels in Minsk in coming years
Minsk hotels are reducing prices for services. Over the past year, they have cut 20% off the prices on average. This is achieved through a system of bonuses. The number of hotel visitors has increased.
Minsk now has 48 hotels and 5 official hostels.
By the way, there are no plans to build new hotels. This despite the fact that Minsk is preparing to host the 2019 European Olympic Games.
Belarus' MTZ presents powerful 450hp tractor in Minsk
On October Revolution Day, November 7, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ) presented another novelty. This is a powerful that has 450hp under the hood. At the moment, it is the most powerful machinery in the former Soviet Union. The new Belarus tractor can replace 15 conventional tractors in a field.
The presentation took place during the International Team Power Extreme World Cup. The participants used the new model to set a world record - pull a 18-ton tractor 6 meters.
National Geographic Traveler: Belarus is the best country for agro-tourism
Belarus has won in the nomination Agrotourism in a ranking of the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2016. Belarus got 24% of votes. In second place is Italy (22%), while France was third (20%). Russia won 18% in this category and Georgia 9%.
Belarus has also entered the top 5 countries for health improvement. Israel topped the ranking, followed by the Czech Republic, Hungary and Russia.
Fur animal hunting season opens in Belarus
On November 5, fur animal hunting season started in Belarus. What animals can you hunt and how much does it cost? Correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya has details.
Vitaly Mikulenok, hound dog expert:A hare can lead you anywhere trying to run away: to a farm, down the road or to another village.
From November 5, hunters will take with them their favorite dogs that have already passed the so-called hare search exam.
Pet waste bags to appear in Minsk parks
Bright signs reminding dog owners about basic rules of dog-walking will be installed in Minsk's Park of the 50th Anniversary of the October Revolution.
The rules are the necessary conditions for visiting recreational areas with pets. Such mini-stands will be then installed in all parks in Minsk. The next step will be the installation of specially designed boxes with waste bags and poo shovels.
Tourists can now visit Belarus' part of Augustow Canal without visas
From 26 October, foreign tourists will be able to come to the Augustow Canal without visas. To visit the tourist-recreational park foreign guests must have only a passport and a document confirming the right to visit this recreational area.
Visitors crossing the border from Poland can enter Belarus without a visa through the checkpoints Lesnoi and Bruzgi. If you travel from Lithuania through both checkpoints Privalka.
What do people search about Belarus in Google?
It turns out that searching information about Belarus English-speaking users most often ask Google about Belarusian names.
Czech philologist and mathematician Jakub Marian has made a map of search queries on all European countries. It is based on the first tip in Google search related to the question: "Why?"
"When you start typing a search query into Google, it gives you suggestions based on what other people are looking for. This map shows the first sentence beginning with "Why...?" explains Jakub Marian.
Minsk rides complete 2016 warm season
Amusement parks in Minsk are preparing for "hibernation". Experts are dismantling equipment and cover seats. The rides "danced their last waltz" last week. Every year, a decision to close the season is taken due to weather conditions.
It is simply dangerous to use carousels during low temperatures.
The largest Ferris wheel in Belarus - 56 meters in height - will also be stopped on October 17 until the next season. The conservation will complete on October 28.
Minsk authorities decide to recover tributaries of Svisloch River
The Svisloch River and its beaches will become the pearl of the Belarusian capital Minsk. The development of a unique historical territory was a subject of debates for years more but finally the best option was found. The Minsk City Executive Committee took a decision today to rehabilitate the tributaries of the Svisloch and improve the adjacent territories.
A specific approach will be taken when cleaning the riverbed. The shoreline will be strengthened, bike paths equip, and toilets installed. In the coming years, some city reservoirs will be stocked with fish.
Embroidery on wood in Belarus (photos)
Students and teachers of one of local schools in the Brest district have begun reviving an unusual craft.
In the village of Vialikija Radvaničy, schoolchildren make embroideries on... wood.
The central theme of the patterns is Belarusian ornament. Everything is made of wood without any fabric. Among wooden items are spoons, plates, boxes, and even clocks. This craft was once considered the pinnacle of needlework. Craftsmen handed down secrets of their skills from generation to generation.
Tourist monitors to be installed in all Minsk buses No. 1 and 100
Minsk transportation system has become more mobile. An electronic guide will now become passengers' companion. The smart thing acts as a good assistant that lays routes, displays currency rates, weather and suggests places where you can eat and relax.
Until the end of 2016, these monitors will be installed in all Minsk buses.
In the future, the innovation will be implemented on other routes.
The best museums of Belarus named
The best museums of Belarus were announced in Mogilev on October 2. The National Forum "Museums of Belarus" summed up the work of museums over the last two years. The winners were determined in five nominations.
The Mogilev and Minsk regional museums of local lore had the best exhibition booths. They attracted the most attention at the forum.
The National Art Museum won in two categories at once.
Belarusian Darya Koleychik becomes second vice-miss World Tourism 2016
And finally, about the beautiful half of humanity.
Belarusian Darya Koleychik has been voted among the three most beautiful girls of the planet according to the jury of the contest Miss Tourism World 2016.
Taking part in this prestigious competition were podium girls from 40 countries. The Belarusian has become the owner of the title of the second runner-up.
Belarusian health resorts' export of services up by 30% in H1 2016
Belarusian health resorts have increased export of services from the beginning of 2016 by 30%, having gained a total of more than 102 million rubles. The highest demand for spa treatment is among Russians. This is due to affordable costs. Prices are the same for all people of the Eurasian Economic Union.
On average, one day in a Belarusian sanatorium costs 42 rubles (about $20).
Tourists in Belarus must be the dearest guests, tourism minister says
Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoi has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
It might be a bit personal question, because I want your personal opinion on that. We all travel to different countries and we compare the service and the places where we can get delicious food. In my opinion, Belarusian service legs behind a bit. Can we change it somehow? What would change people’s attitude? Would it be time or experience? Or maybe, you do not agree with me at all?
Five-day visa-free stay in Belarus: Will we have it in 2016?
Deputy Sports and Tourism Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoi has answered questions of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
There was an introduction when tourists can stay in Belarus for five days without paying any visa fee. Did it have some positive results?
English-language street name plates appear in Minsk
There are now more signposts for Minsk citizens and foreigners in the city center.
Inscriptions in English now duplicate street names in Russian or Belarusian.
This is necessary due to the increasing flow of tourists in the Belarusian capital and the desire of city authorities to make guests' stay as comfortable as possible.
Nordic walking: New healthy trend among Belarusians
Sport, frankly, is not very good for health. Professional sport. Other thing is sports lifestyle. And even in a sports way of life, not everyone is recommended running and especially weightlifting. Scientists have found that the most useful and accessible kind of activity is walking. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk and the characters of our next story prove this.
Inessa Zgirovskaya:My name is Inessa Zgirovskaya, 67, but the biological age is 47.
National Airport Minsk now allows two free entries by car per day
From September 26, the third entry into the territory of National Airport Minsk per day becomes chargeable. This change is due to an increase in passenger traffic as well as security issues.
The first two visits with a limit of no more than 20 minutes will become free.
The main objective of this measure is to streamline the movement of transport, first of all taxi drivers who use the free limit of 20 minutes numerous times a day seeking for clients.
Minsk closes motorcycle season with big motorbike parade
The main characters in the streets of Minsk today are motorcyclists. Thousands of motorcycle fans on choppers and other fashionable bikes came to Belarus. These motorcycles are not, unfortunately, produced in Belarus. But who knows, because the first idea of Mr. Harley (Harley-Davidson's creator) was not a powerful motorcycle but a bicycle with a motor. So maybe the Minsk motorbike will somewhere in the future overtake Honda or Kawasaki...
But back to the Minsk motorbike parade, with lots of surprises. Ilona Volynets has more on the topic.
4,000 bikers from 15 countries to close out summer season in Minsk
Bikers from across the globe are starting to arrive in Belarus for festivities connected with the closing of the summer season. On September 23, they were shown the sights of Belarus. Foreign tourists can visit numerous castles and historical sites. Special routes are designed for them. The most popular places for travelling bikers is Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, the Bialowieza Forest and Grodno.
The official closing of season will take place on 24 September.
Belarus may introduce visa-free regime for foreign investors
It has been suggested that Belarus introduce visa-free travels for foreign investors. The project, which has prepared the National Investment and Privatization Agency, is under consideration of the government.
At the suggestion of the Agency, residents of countries that are the most active business partners of Belarus will be able to stay here for 15 days without a visa.
It is expected that such relaxed requirements will help make our country more attractive not only for investors but also for tourists.
Number of law infringements down in Belarus in H1 2016
The Belarus President met with the Attorney General to discuss the crime situation in the country. Alexander Konyuk reported that crime rates have reduced. Moreover, this trend has continued over the past five years. Alexander Lukashenko asked about the work of the prosecutor general's office in the new environment. Recently Belarus has conducted a profound reform of the law enforcement system.
Tourism in Belarus: why is it easier to use service of foreign tour operators?
In Belarus, there are 20 travel agencies concentrated on inner tourism, and 500 agencies concentrated on international tourism.
Why isn’t inner tourism popular in Belarus? Why do travel agencies prefer dealing with international tourism?
Nowadays, more and more tourists are more interested in Eastern Europe. Twenty years ago, Belarus was a “terra incognita” for foreigners. Back then, Oksana’s travel agency was the first agency dealing with inner tourism.
New rules for civil drone owners in Belarus
The Council of Ministers of Belarus has approved new rules for the use of the so-called drones. Now they are not subject to state registration, but you can use them at an altitude of no more than 100 meters. This limitation is due to security concerns. Moreover, this applies to both amateurs and professionals.
Business ladies of Belarus and Russia discuss joint projects
Belarusian cuisine in Siberia or how to strengthen economic ties between Russia and Belarus. This issue was discussed at the round table by business women of the two countries. The discussion was attended by entrepreneurs, business leaders, representatives of NGOs and voluntary organizations.
In the center of attention was the business environment, capabilities of the Union State of the market and the establishment of joint projects.
Belarusian national embroidery appears on Minsk pavements
Tiles symbolizing the national ornament now decorates walkways in Minsk from Masherova Avenue to the Pobediteley Avenue.
Works on one side of the road have almost completed.
The next stage will cover the opposite side of the street.
Pobediteley Avenue is going through another stage of modernization. The renovation works should be completed by 1 September.
This is a gift to Minsk residents for Minsk City Day. This year the celebrations will take place 3 September.
Pilgrimage to Budslav acquires status of Belarus' historical and cultural value
Pilgrimage to Budslav has received a new status. Now this festival is recognized as a historical and cultural value of Belarus. The tradition of visiting the Mother of God of Budslav dates back to 1990.
In 2015, more than 3 thousand people took part in the pilgrimage to Budslav.
It is believed that going on a journey each pilgrim defines for himself or herself a goal and a request that they think about during the entire way. The route of some believers lasts more than 2 weeks.
Chinese tourists can visit Belarus without visas from September 2016
Chinese tourists will be allowed to enter Belarus without a visa from September 2016. The relevant agreement between the two governments has come into force.
Groups of travelers numbering five or more people, organized by tour operators, may enter the territory of Belarus without special permission.
It is enough to have a passport and an invitation.
Minsk for tourists: culture, history and night parties
Minsk is trying to develop its tourism potential. However, the capital has only about 20 travel agencies whose primary specialization is inbound tourism.
For comparison, the number of outbound travel companies is about 500. The share of Minsk in the national volume of exports of travel services is more than half - 52%. The city began to promote its possibilities to attract visitors in social networks. The number of tourists from far abroad has somewhat increased recently.
Unique extreme sports park to open in Minsk in late 2016
A specially equipped playground is being created in Minsk for open-air sports enthusiasts. A unique extreme sports park is planned to open at the beginning of September on Stoletova Street.
Experts promise that in terms of some indicators it will be the best in the CIS since such project was created in close assistance between sportsmen and city guides.
The equipment and content of the park fits the needs of those who will become frequent visitors. The part will house a playground, a parkour park, a skate park and a playground for street workout.
Belarusians now have to pay for Tax Free return
Belarusians now have to pay for Tax Free return. The commission was introduced on 27 July. The cashing of a check worth over 50 euros will cost 3 euros. You will also have to pay this amount when it comes to the registration of earlier checks, for which payment will be made after July 27.
Let me remind you that three companies in Belarus provide the return of value added tax on foreign purchases. Now they take a commission. At the same time, for the first six months, Belarusians were paid roughly 1.5 million euros on Tax Free checks.
Swimming forbidden at several beaches near Minsk
Hot weather has returned to Belarus and people are again going to beaches to soak up sunlight and swim. Minsk residents usually go to several most important beaches near or in the capital.
However, the health service of Minsk asked residents to be careful when choosing a place of rest.
A ban on swimming for both adults and children is in force at beach No2 of the reservoir Drozdy, beach No2 of the Tsnyanka reservior and beaches No2, 3, 4, 8, 9 of the Zaslavskoe reservoir.
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Russia is now the most popular country for Belarusians to go to holidays. However, travels to some traditional resorts have decreased. Sales of trips to Egypt and Turkey have fallen almost twice.
However, Belarusians do not abandon Georgia, Montenegro and other popular tourist destinations, whose coordinates lie within Europe.
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Wiktorin: New Belarusian money easier for EU tourists to count
Belarusian banks have carefully studied the experience of a number of European countries in preparation for the July 1 redenomination, said Chairman of the Board of the National Bank Pavel Kallaur. The National Bank officials on July 5 met with the European Union delegation.
The parties discussed the possibility of cooperation in the framework of twinning projects. They are directed at assisting Belarus' Government in work to sync Belarus' legislation with that of the EU. This will affect a variety of spheres.
Minsk among the most popular travel destinations for Russians with kids this summer
Russians traveling with children this summer choose Minsk increasingly often. The Belarusian capital leads in the number of hotel-related requests via Internet search engines.
The hotel and apartment booking ranking is composed of 10 European capitals. Among them are also Prague, Budapest, Warsaw and Tallinn.
Travelers call Minsk the most popular and cheapest city. The average cost of living in Belarus' hotels compares favorably to analogues in other countries.
Fireworks due in Minsk on Independence Day July 3
Minsk is finishing preparations for 3 July Independence Day celebrations. The busiest places of the city are already decorated with festive elements.
Another interesting fact is that this year's military parade will end with a mass number in which vocal and dance groups will take part.
Marianna Nikolaeva, head of the department of arts of the Ministry of Culture of Belarus: A total of around 800 people will be taking part in the parade. The parade will be held near the stela "Minsk - Hero City".
Belarusian Cuisine Week starts in Minsk
The Week of Belarusian Cuisine will start in Minsk restaurants and cafes today on June 27. This time it is being held on the eve of Independence Day.
About 100 cafes and restaurants promise one menu and prices for snacks, dumplings and traditional drinks.
Cucumber holodnik (Russian Cold Soup) is expected to be especially popular these days. The traditional Belarusian dish satisfies not only hunger but also thirst.
Vitebsk marks City Day: people remember Marc Chagall, Crusaders and Alexander Nevsky
Belarus’ Vitebsk is marking its 1042nd birthday on June 25: the festivities will last the whole weekend and each day has its highlights.
Resistance to the Crusaders once again underlines the unity of the ancient principalities. That's how the knights of the 13th century fought, led by Alexander Nevsky (watch video).
Another historical fact: Prince Alexander's wife was related to representatives of Polotsk and Vitebsk principality.
Minsk Subway voted the best transport company in Belarus
Minsk region - along with the Vitebsk and Grodno regions - is now the National Board of Honor. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President. These regions have achieved the best results of socio-economic development over the previous five years (2011-2015).
Also, among the winners are the Nesvizh, Mozyr and Tolochin districts of the country.
The best transport organization of Belarus is Minsk Subway. In the field of education the award went to Minsk secondary school number 73.
15 people drown in Belarus since beginning of bathing season
15 people have died in water since the start of the bathing season in Belarus.
Rescuers report that 14 of them were in a state of alcoholic intoxication. According to statistics, this is the reason that most often leads to tragic consequences.
The water safety service of Belarus, OSVOD, urges to swim only in designated areas. There are several hundred equipped beaches for summer vacation across Belarus.
Valentin Gubarev holding art exhibition in Minsk's Yakub Kolas Square
For the first time works of outstanding Belarusian artists went beyond the grounds of museums to the streets of Minsk in 2012. Back then reproductions of works by Marc Chagall were shown in Minsk streets.
Later, reproductions of another creator of the Vitebsk school - Kazimir Malevich - appeared on Yakub Kolas Square. The open-air exhibition was very popular. In 2014, during the IIHF WM in Minsk, residents and guests of the capital could get acquainted with the works of modern Belarusian artists.
Potential of Belarus' and Russia's domestic tourism is immense, Russian Culture Minister says
The CTV channel has talked with Minister of Culture of Russia at the 3rd Forum of Belarusian and Russian Regions, held in Minsk this week. Vladimir Medinsky recalled his holidays in Belarus seven years ago. We tried to ask about the possible exchange of Shishkin originals for Slutsk belts. However, the minister skillfully ducked the answer saying that this is a complex issue and requires elaboration.
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Beach season starts in Belarus: What travelers need to remember
Belarus has been dubbed the land of lakes and forests. And summer is time to relax near water. At the start of the beach season in Belarus, inspectors go round more than 60 water reservoirs across the country.
Here are a couple of rules you need to remember while having a rest in Belarus: