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03.07.2017

Belarusians on Independence Day 2017 parade
Belarusians on Independence Day 2017 parade A large military parade and a festive procession traditionally gather tens of thousands of spectators. Many come long before the start, with whole families. This is also another good tradition that has appeared in Belarus during the years of independence. Today, on July 3, Belarusians began to gather in the Palace of Sports very early, to observe everything from the best spot.

02.07.2017

What will we see during Independence Day parade in Minsk July 3?
What will we see during Independence Day parade in Minsk July 3? The military parade will be the culmination of Independence Day in Belarus, which is celebrated on July 3. The procession of troops and military equipment always causes tremulous feelings. The Belarusian word "parada", similar to "parade", means "advice" or "instruction".

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.

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

Video: First dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade in Minsk
Video: First dress rehearsal of Independence Day parade in Minsk The first dress rehearsal for the parade in honor of Independence Day. Long before July 3, almost 4,000 Belarusian servicemen are honing their skills. About 220 pieces of equipment will be used in the 2017 parade. Among them are novelties of the Belarusian military industry - armored cars Caiman and Volat. The column will be almost three kilometers long.
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

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?
Photo exhibition on Raimonds Pauls works opens at Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery
Photo exhibition on Raimonds Pauls works opens at Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery Photos associated with Vernisāža and other famous songs of prominent Lavtivan composer Raimonds Pauls are on display in Minsk's Mikhail Savitsky Art Gallery. The exhibition, opened on June 20, features emotions inspired by summer rain, autumn leaves, evening walk and other simple things in life about which Pauls wrote his songs. The audience can also see rare records of the 1970-1990s with musical compositions of the maestro from the collections of the Museum of History of Minsk.

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.

19.06.2017

Latvia in anticipation of the 2021 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship
Latvia in anticipation of the 2021 IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship Will Belarusian ice hockey players show their true class at the World Championships, which Belarus will host together with Latvia in 2021? It's time to begin preparations. Both countries do have the relevant experience. Latvia hosted the IIHF WM in 2006 while Belarus in 2014. Our correspondent Yana Shipko found out about the fusion of mutual sports and economic interests of Belarus and Latvia - from Riga and Ventspils.
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.
Tank biathlon near Minsk, Belarus: video The second tank biathlon in Belarus' history was held at the Stalin Line historical complex near Minsk. Teams on modern T-72 took part in the competitions. The crews showed shooting skills using the tanks' 125-mm cannons and machine guns, Along the way they also overcame a number of difficult obstacles like slides, ditches with water and even... cars! The spectacle gathered a huge number of spectators. In addition to tank competitions visitors could visit attractions and interactive zones.

16.06.2017

Ticket selling machine appears in Minsk metro
Ticket selling machine appears in Minsk metro The Minsk metro now has its first self-service terminal for the sale of tokens (rounded plastic tickets for one ride). As an experiment, it was installed at the station Plošča Lienina from the side of the railway station. The terminal accepts both banknotes and coins. However, you should have exact fare only: it cannot give a change. If the novelty justifies itself, such devices will appear at other stations. By the way, about 300 tokens were sold through the terminal on the first day.
Art Islands open on Komsomolskoye Lake
Art Islands open on Komsomolskoye Lake Giant art objects have again appeared in Minsk. This is like an avant-garde mini-world in the center of Minsk. The open air exhibition "Art Islands" has opened at Komsomolskoye Lake. The project involved Belarusian artists and sculptors, who presented to the general public 11 installations. Each figure requires a certain interpretation of the author. The artists tried to convey the unique things through an unusual form. The total weight of the exhibits is several dozens of tons, the main materials are metal and wood.

15.06.2017

Construction of overground unibus metro in Mogilev to begin 2019
Construction of overground unibus metro in Mogilev to begin 2019 An overground metro will be built in Mogilev. For the first time in the world, string technologies for transport will be used. This is a development of a Belarusian company. The same company also will build a line and equip it with unibuses - cars designed for 24 passengers. The new transport will have a speed of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Passengers will be able to get from the sleeping area to the city center or back in just two minutes.

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.

13.06.2017

Traveller: If Belarus wants money from tourists, it should abolish visas
Traveller: If Belarus wants money from tourists, it should abolish visas The recent talk show "What Is Going On?" with Egor Khrustalev discussed what can be improved in the tourism industry of Belarus. Sergei Milyukhin, photo journalist, traveler:We have been discussing the same topic for many years - how to attract tourists... And for some reason we always push this problem to heads of travel agencies, medical centers, owners of agricultural farms.
What should Minsk offer tourists?
What should Minsk offer tourists? The directions of tourism which can be developed in Minsk were discussed during the TV program “What’s going on?” RTR Belarus.
How Africans live in Belarus
African catfish farming in Belarus Western countries draw forces to the borders of Russia and Belarus, but at the same time receive deadly blows in the back. It would be worth paying attention to security in their own countries, considering the flows of illegal migrants from Asia and Africa. However, Africans are not that scary as the news often tells us. Our correspondent Anastasia Benedysyuk met with Africans who came to Belarus not for free social benefits but to work and earn money.

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.

02.06.2017

Video: Belarus' military rehearsing for Independence Day Parade
Video: Belarus' military rehearsing for Independence Day Parade The last preparations for the parade in honor of Independence Day are being held near Minsk. Military equipment is being prepared and soldiers are being trained. The length of the mechanized column this year will exceed 2.5 kilometers. The audience will see the novelties of the Belarusian military industry: Caiman armored cars, Volat border vehicles. Radio relay stations Tsitrus will be presented at the parade for the first time.

31.05.2017

Tour of Minsk's Palace of Independence: Visitors' impressions
Tour of Minsk's Palace of Independence: Visitors' impressions On May 26, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko spent a day communicating with schoolchildren. The meeting was held in one of Minsk's schools where three hundred young people and the President discussed a variety of topics. MORE: How will education system change in Belarus? It's a good practice to arrange tours to such iconic places for the most talented young Belarusians.
Belarus to introduce biometric passports in 2019
Belarus to introduce biometric passports in 2019 Belarus is going to introduce biometric passports by 2019. Personal data of the passport owner - fingerprints, electronic signature and photo - will be stored in an electronic chip. This will simplify the visa obtaining process and shorten time spent during border control. An ID card will become an internal document proving identity of Belarusians. It will also store a digital signature, and this will greatly enhance the owner's capabilities. For example, a person will be able to make payments through it. The new documents will be introduced on January 1, 2019.

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.
EU to allocate 1.5m euros for Nesvizh Corpus Christi Church renovation
EU to allocate 1.5m euros for Nesvizh Corpus Christi Church renovation The money allocated will be primarily spent for the renovation of the tomb. Another 600,000 BYN will be given by the state. Restoration of the temple has been on for six years already. In 2016 scientists stumbled on a real sensation there: the frescoes were found on the facades. They date back to the 16th-18th centuries. It was a surprise, as the historical sources have no information on the frescos. Church of Corpus Christi was built in 1593 on the model of the temple of the Holy Name of Jesus in Rome.

29.05.2017

MTZ tractors turn in beautiful dance: video
MTZ tractors turn in beautiful dance: video What a great tractor ballet, many Minskers exclaimed as MTZ creatively celebrated its 71-year anniversary May 27. Tractors were literally dancing in a theatrical show. The famous "Belarusians" danced to classical music (please watch the video attached). The drivers of the dancing machines worked hard several weeks. Daily rehearsals, and every movement is honed to the last detail.
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.

23.05.2017

Night of Museums held in Minsk
Night of Museums becoming increasingly popular with Belarus' youth The Night of Museums campaign was held in Belarus, with the National Art Museum's halls of Russian art plunging into darkness. To not only watch, but also see, visitors took lights with them. In general, more than 90 galleries and exhibitions joined the worldwide campaign "Night of Museums". With the approach of the evening, pilots and tankmen, military correspondents and partisans revived in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. The visitors were issued a pass to the "occupied territory" and the "wounded" were bandaged in a field hospital.

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.

17.05.2017

Belarus, China may establish mutual visa-free regime for 30 days
Belarus, China may establish mutual visa-free regime for 30 days Belarus and China are exploring the possibility of introduction of a mutual visa-free regime for up to 30 days. This topic was discussed at the meeting of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko with Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping in Beijing. Now there is a visa-free regime between the countries for holders of diplomatic or service passports, as well as tourist groups. In addition, there are arrangements for short trips to some Chinese cities.

16.05.2017

Minsk authorities reveal possible names of 4th subway line's stations
Minsk authorities reveal possible names of 4th subway line's stations Tučynka, Berasciejskaja, Lakamatyŭnaja and other names have been proposed as the names of the subway stations of the fourth subway line in Minsk. The fourth subway line will run as a circle in the inner administrative boundaries of Minsk. The station at the intersection of Surganova Street and Yakuba Kolasa Street could become Palitechničnaja. Among other names are Kijeŭski Skvier and Aĺšeŭskaja (see the map). This list includes six more stations.
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:

15.05.2017

Retro Minsk 2017 festival gathers 150 rare crews from all over the world
Retro Minsk 2017 festival gathers 150 rare crews from all over the world Cars are not a luxury, but a dream. A festival of rare cars has been held in Minsk. The retro parade gathered 150 rarest crews from around the world. Belarusians were also among the participants. Arturas came from Lithuania on his vintage car. His collection includes a couple of similar retro autos. For the owner, they are a reason for special pride, because they are truly unique.
How Belarus celebrated 72nd anniversary of victory in WWII
How Belarus celebrated 72nd anniversary of victory in WWII May 9 is a great and historic Victory, a great historical date and a bright day of last week. Victory Day is celebrated in many countries of the world. Each in its own way, but one tradition unites people, because everywhere flowers and wreaths are brought to graves and obelisks. Evgeny Pustovoi has the report about the official celebrations and human memory. This day, which still seems to smell of gunpowder, will never fade away and never become outdated in the minds of Belarusians.

11.05.2017

Direct air link may appear between Minsk and Rostov-on-Don
Direct air link may appear between Minsk and Rostov-on-Don Belarus and Russia are now working closely on the creation of a direct flight from Minsk to Rostov-on-Don. A representative delegation from the Russian region arrived in Belarus on a visit. It includes all the key figures of the government. Yesterday, the National Library hosted a meeting of a working group on cooperation. The air communication will help intensify business contacts of Belarus, increase the transit attractiveness and contribute to the development of tourism.

10.05.2017

Siberian stonechat spotted in Belarus
Siberian stonechat spotted in Belarus Siberian stonechat has been spotted in Belarus for the first time. The bird settled in the flood plain of the Nechan River in the Gomel region. This bird is a very rare guest for Belarus. Its native land is Arkhangelsk. Siberian stonechats fly to India for winter. Ornithologists do not know why this bird appeared in Belarus. Before that, it was seen in Poland twice. 17 years ago, a European stonechat was spotted in Lithuania.
Colorful fireworks end Victory Day 2017 in Minsk
Colorful fireworks end Victory Day 2017 in Minsk Yesterday Belarus celebrated one of the most solemn holidays - Victory Day. Celebrations traditionally ended around midnight, with hundreds of thousands of Belarusians taking part in them across the country. A bright final chord of the holiday was a concert on Victory Square in Minsk and a fireworks display. The campaign "Belarus Remembers!" was held during all these days. On Victory Square, people gathered with portraits of their late relatives.

09.05.2017

Victory Day 2017: Fireworks and 3D show in Minsk scheduled for evening
Victory Day 2017: Fireworks and 3D show in Minsk scheduled for evening A bright and colorful holiday is expected in Minsk on May 9. The fireworks display is set to take place at 11 pm, with 30 colorful shots to be fired from five points of the Belarus capital. An unusual 3D show will take place on Victory Square in the center of the city.  Accompanied by the Presidential Orchestra, an animated theatrical performance starts at 21.30 Belarus time. The animations are to be projected directly onto the walls of the buildings surrounding the square. 

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.
Festival of street theaters opens in Minsk May 7
Festival of street theaters opens in Minsk May 7 The festival of street theaters opened in Minsk May 7. It brings together 200 artists from Belarus, Germany, Italy, Russia and Poland. The CTV Channel offered a live broadcast of the procession on large screens in the center of the capital. The only large-scale forum of street theaters in Belarus gathered artists from eight countries in the center of the Belarusian capital for the fifth time. Clowns, buffoons and giants on stilts surprised Minsk citizens on May 7.

05.05.2017

Russia to introduce border control for flights from Belarus May 15
Russia to introduce border control for flights from Belarus May 15 Russia is going to introduce border control for flights from Belarus. From May 15, planes arriving from Belarus or departing in the opposite direction will be transferred to international terminals. Previously they were serviced in the domestic sector. Passengers with Belarusian and Russian citizenship will not be subjected to border control. They will need to show proof of identity and the boarding pass. Notes confirming border crossing will not be put.

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.
Bus route from Minsk to Great Stone Industrial Park opens May 2
Bus route from Minsk to Great Stone Industrial Park opens May 2 Minsk - Great Stone Industrial Park bus route opened on May 2. The bus departs from the metro station Mahilioŭskaja in the south-east of Minsk. Transport companies believe transportation in this direction will be cost-effective.

01.05.2017

Tourists thrilled with picnic on Augustow Canal in Belarus
Tourists thrilled with picnic on Augustow Canal in Belarus A Belarusian picnic on April 29 officially started the tourist season on the Augustow Canal. A feast with the national colors took place at the sluice Dombrovka. Pancakes, mochanka and krupnik - guests not only tried, but also tried to prepare these dishes. To bake so many pancakes, Irina needed a whole day. Mushroom, cheese, poppy and honey stuffing were offered.
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.
New types of tickets to appear in Minsk entertainment parks
New types of tickets to appear in Minsk entertainment parks Vladimir Babivsky, Chief Engineer of Minskzelenstroi organization, which runs Minsk’s parks, has given an interview to the CTV channel. Among other things he said about the possible modernization of Minsk park rides. Vladimir Babivsky, Chief Engineer of UE  Minskzelenstroi:There is a big desire to update the amusement park, to change the concept of work and the ways of selling tickets in parks. Now we are working closely with one of design organizations.

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.

20.04.2017

Minsk welcomes street musicians from Europe
Minsk welcomes street musicians from Europe It is a year since Zybitskaya Street in the Upper Town of Minsk has become a pedestrian area. Minsk residents enjoy the cordial atmosphere of the venue listening to choral music, jazz and chamber instrumental music. The first series of concerts ‘Jazz Saturdays’ took place here in June 2013. In addition to this, the street is a venue for performances of street theaters and history re-enactment clubs.

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

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.
Belarusian Railways testing experimental train Minsk-Vilnius: without stops and border control
Belarusian Railways testing experimental train Minsk-Vilnius: No stops and border control on the way The first experimental train Minsk-Vilnius left in the morning on April 12. The essence of the test is that passengers passed border and customs control directly at the departure station. The purpose of the unusual experiment is to reduce travel time. However, the procedure has yet to be optimized. Boarding the train began 45 minutes prior to departure. Box offices asked the passengers to come in advance. Already at 7.15, customs officers and border guards were waiting near the cars. The first step was checking documents.

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

Minsk's third metro line to be fully automated
Minsk's third metro line to be fully automated The Minsk metro will increase by 14 stations and two transfer points. The third line, when fully completed, will run from Zialiony Luh in north-east to Kurasouščyna in the south-west.  However, it will not happen in the coming years. Only 3 subway stations have got their concrete shape. Some stations' lobbies will be located on the ground rather than underground as all other Minsk subway stations. Among the new features of the third line will be protective screens and automated systems.

07.04.2017

First hostel opens in Belarus' Zhodino. Transfer from Minsk-2 airport available
First hostel opens in Belarus' Zhodino. Transfer from Minsk-2 airport available The first Zhodino hostel is ready to compete with the large hotel complexes. Local businessmen opened the cheap apartments a few months ago. They decided to undertake this project after a trip abroad. For guests of the town, the hostel should become an alternative to the existing hotel.

06.04.2017

7 smart traffic lights with Bluetooth and video detectors to be installed in Minsk
7 smart traffic lights with Bluetooth and video detectors to be installed in Minsk Traffic lights of Minsk are becoming smarter. Seven brand new electro traffic lights are to be installed in the city. These devices themselves are not much different from usual ones. However, they are equipped with Bluetooth and video detectors are attached to their basis. Sensing elements are attached in the asphalt at the bottom of a traffic light. Sensors on a traffic light will count cars thanks to Bluetooth vehicle detectors, and dispatcher will shorten time of a red signal during a traffic jam.

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

Minsk’s Pobeda cinema
How will Minsk’s Pobeda cinema look like after renovation? The legendary cinema Pobeda closed for a long-awaited renovation. The building required modernization and appropriate equipment long ago.
Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus
Simplified visa process may apply for guests of European Games 2019 in Belarus Tourists will be able to stay in Belarus without visas longer, said the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Over 8,000 people visited Belarus visa-free through the National Airport Minsk since the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, 2017. As a result, more business conferences and business forums, cultural and sporting events are now held in the Belarus capital.

03.04.2017

Visa free regime term in Belarus may be increased
Visa free regime term in Belarus may be increased A tourists’ rights protection fund is planned to be established in Belarus. It will help to form a plan of action in case of force majeure events, so that a person can immediately get compensation or chose another place for a holiday. Another thing is that a possibility of increasing the visa free regime term is being worked out for tourists who are planning to visit Belarus. Therefore, more than 8,000 tourists visited Belarus since the introduction of the five-day visa free regime.
International water festival  “Neman spring” held in Belarus
International water festival “Neman spring” held in Belarus Pirate shows and canoe racing. The official water season for tourists was opened on the Augustow Canal. The international festival “Neman spring” launched the traditional start.
Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year?
Why Russian tourists prefer Belarus year after year? Monitoring for safety also means attracting more businessmen and tourists to Belarus. Even Russians come to Belarus for peace and tranquility. By the way, the Day of Unity of Belarus and Russia is marked on April 2. Temporary (I hope) conflict of trade interests between the two countries will not prevent people from communicating and having fun. Yevgeny Pustovoi has more on the topic. Mikhail Bardashov, tourist (Russia):Our friends told us about White Russia. They visited it once and definitely recommended it.

27.03.2017

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

22.03.2017

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

20.03.2017

Belavia plane collides with flock of birds
Belavia plane collides with flock of birds A Belavia plane Minsk-St. Petersburg has returned to the airport just after takeoff. The aircraft departed from National Airport Minsk and collided with a flock of birds at a height of 150m. The captain decided to return. The aircraft dumped fuel and landed safely. 114 passengers were on board. There were no injuries in the incident. Investigating the incident is the Department of Aviation Commission. More to follow in the next news releases.
Free Wi-Fi at 19 railway stations in Belarus by summer 2017
Free Wi-Fi at 19 railway stations in Belarus by summer 2017 Free Wi-Fi will be installed at 19 railway stations of the largest cities of Belarus. The Internet hot spots will be available in the halls and waiting rooms by the summer of 2017. The Wi-Fi network will cover some towns of the Minsk region, include Molodechno and Borisov. The novelty will be available to subscribers of any cell operator after they pass authentication.  For this you will only need to enter your mobile phone number in a special field and then receive an SMS with an access password.

15.03.2017

Belarusian bison: How they are resettled
How does Belarus develop its bison population? Mighty bison were on the verge of going extinct in the early 20th century. However, scientists managed to revive the species. Poland gave 10 bison to Białowieża Forest in 1946. The bison population has increased with the course of time. Belarus has nine bison populations in Volozhinsky experimental timber enterprise, Osipovichesky experimental forest holding, Pripyat National Park, and Polesye state Radiation-ecological Reserve.

14.03.2017

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

13.03.2017

Minsk saying goodbye to national exhibition center BelExpo, first Belarusian glass building
Minsk saying goodbye to national exhibition center BelExpo, first Belarusian glass building The exhibition hall of Economic Achievements of Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic was opened on December 27, 1968, designed upon the project of Sergey Botkovsky, Yuri Gradov and Leonid Levin. Yuri Gradov, architect, laureate of the Lenin Prize:The decision to build the exhibition hall in Minsk was taken on the 50thanniversary of the BSSR. We visited Mosсow to see the hall in Sokolniki Park, built of glass and aluminum. The Belarusian hall became nationwide and forward-looking.
CandyBattle tournament held in Minsk
CandyBattle tournament held in Minsk Lovers of sweets and candies competed in Belarus for the first time on March 11. Amateur chefs and the most famous confectioners of Minsk presented their works on equal footing. There were a total of 46 participants from all over Belarus. The jury was headed by famous Russian pastry chef Renat Agzamov. Renat Agzamov, pastry chef:I really love cooking cakes from Belarusian products. Fantastic, unreal! It's just incredibly delicious condensed milk, incredible milk and sour cream.

09.03.2017

Lyubov Cherkashina on Beauty Run in Minsk: We would like more such events
Lyubov Cherkashina on Beauty Run in Minsk: We would like more such events The Beauty Run events was held in the center of Minsk on March 8, with women taking part in a festive athletic race. At the finish, they were all met with medals and flowers. Participating in the race were both residents of Minsk and guests of the capital. All in all, 2000 participants ran on that day. Participants of the race:Super! Great, just great. Emotions are excellent, right, girls?

08.03.2017

Horses to appear in Minsk Horsecar Museum
Horses to appear in Minsk Horsecar Museum Minsk Horsecar Museum's exhibition will soon be replenished by some new exhibits. Horses will be among the first additions to the museum, said Lidia Markovich, a leading researcher at the Museum of the History of Minsk. "We lack horses here. After all, horsecar is horsecar, so we need horses here.” “Among other things, we are going to have a Live History project, some interactive activities.

07.03.2017

Minsk Zoo launches most beautiful female animal vote ahead of March 8
Minsk Zoo launches most beautiful female animal vote ahead of March 8 Minsk Zoo has begun a voting campaign to determine the most beautiful female animals. The zoo deliberately chose animals whom people would not call especially attractive. The list of nominees includes the frog, hyena, spider, moray eel, turtle and bat. Thus, on the eve of International Women's Day the competition organizers decided to once again remind that there are no ugly women. The zoo revealed curious facts about each participant of the contest. For example, hyenas appear to be great moms, while bats are very pleasant to touch.

06.03.2017

Small farmsteads in Belarus: why do they attract tourists?
Small farmsteads in Belarus: why do they attract tourists? The Minsk region retains its first place in farm tourism. The farmers of the farmsteads have an opportunity to not only show their hospitality, but also run a business in the village thanks to this. One of the largest farmers of the Minsk region has already decided to make his yard a place for tourists from the former Soviet republics and other countries. 17 years of work on several acres of farm fields have produced their effect.
No plans to raise public transport fare in Belarus in 2017
No plans to raise public transport fares in Belarus in 2017 Fare in Belarus' public transport in 2017 is going to rise, said the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The payback level of transport corresponds almost completely with the budgeted parameters. The ministry also developed measures to increase efficiency, which will reduce the internal costs of companies. As is known, it is carriers' costs that are the economic basis for tariff increases. MORE: Public transport in Minsk

05.03.2017

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

03.03.2017

Tourists spend at least 200 euros in Minsk
Tourists spend at least 200 euros in Minsk According to unofficial statistics, 700 thousand tourists visit Minsk during one year. How does Minsk earn on it? The TV program Big City found out. Elena Plis, director of the tourist and information center Minsk:The minimum check of the tourist when staying in Minsk is about 200-250 euros. We can calculate how much money tourists leave. They live in hotels, buy souvenirs, eat in restaurants or cafes. That is, incomes are very good.

02.03.2017

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

01.03.2017

Tourists' likes and dislikes about Belarus
Tourists' likes and dislikes about Belarus What are tourists happy and unhappy with in Minsk? Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:How well are foreign tourists informed about Minsk? What do they know about Belarus?
Tourist navigation guidance to appear in new areas of Minsk
Tourist navigation guidance to appear in new areas of Minsk Where else will navigation elements for tourists appear in Minsk? Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV:As far as I understand, you evaluate Minsk’s tourist potential as sufficiently high, don’t you? Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk": I think that Minsk has all the facilities to welcome tourists, to show itself as a modern European city.
Minsk bus tours : learn more about the city
Minsk bus tours : learn more about the city What tourist routes will get Minsk residents interested? Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk": A project “Excursion Minsk” is available for Minsk residents. Excursion buses number 1 and 100 were designed in the same style. At the price of a bus ticket a person can go on a coach excursion at a set time (from 10 am to 5 pm or from 8 pm to 10 pm) and listen to it in the Russian, English, and the Belarusian languages. Both routes are accompanied by an excursion dubbing.
Up to 700,000 tourists visit Minsk annually
Up to 700,000 tourists visit Minsk annually How many foreigners visit Belarus capital? Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":Official statistics don’t look too promising, they count only those tourists, who come to the capital using travel agency excursion services. Taking into consideration the world tourist flow, some 80-85 % of the flow are individual tourists. They enter a country without travel agency services. According to unofficial figures, about 600,000- 700,000 tourists visit Minsk annually.

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