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29.05.2017

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

25.05.2017

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

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.
How many English-language tours are on offer in Minsk?
Travel companies in Minsk developing English-language tours for travellers Where can English-speaking tourists go in Belarus? The TV program Big City asked Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk. Elena Plis, director of tourist and information center Minsk:Agencies in the capital have joined very actively and are now developing new programs of excursions, including in English. There are companies that have developed a schedule of excursions for English-speaking groups until the end of the week.
Germans are most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus
Germans are the most frequent visa-free visitors to Belarus Germans are the most frequent visitors to Belarus after the introduction of the visa-free regime on February 12, said Elena Plis, director of the information and tourist center "Minsk". Elena Plis, director of information and tourist center "Minsk":During such a short period of time, according to the airport and the state border authorities, over 1,000 foreigners entered Belarus visa-free.

27.02.2017

How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest
How bison overcome winter in Belarus' part of Bialowieza Forest The largest herd of adult male bison was registered in Bialowieza Forest. In the herd of over 150 head scientists counted 19 wild bulls. Previously, this figure did not exceed 13. It is known that adult males prefer to live separately during the rutting season. Bison experts were surprised to see that the forest giants prefer agribusiness fields to numerous feeders, especially if these fields are sown with winter rapeseed. Unfortunately, it was not without losses this winter: two young bison did not survive the cold season.
Week of Belarusian cuisine kicks off in Minsk February 27
Week of Belarusian cuisine kicks off in Minsk February 27 Seven days with taste! The Belarusian cuisine Week kicks off in Minsk on 27 February. This "gastronomic marathon" will be held for the 13th time.  As always, cafes and restaurants will serve five national dishes, prepared by a single formulation. At this time gourmets are invited to taste vereshchaka with pancakes, jellied carp and potato dumplings, at democratic prices.  More than 100 metropolitan cafes and restaurants have updated their menus. Moreover, national dishes will cost the same regardless of the price category of an eatery.

26.02.2017

Military reconstruction at Stalin Line
Military reconstruction at Stalin Line An extensive reconstruction of the Great Patriotic War event “Battle for Moscow” took place at the Historical and Cultural Complex Stalin Line. It was dedicated to Fatherland Defenders Day, to veterans and military service men, who defended and defend Belarus. Weapons, equipage, munition, explosions and thundering salvos of riffles is an epochal moment in history, which once again reminds visitors of the events of that time.  Organizers also prepared a couple of interactive zones.

23.02.2017

Maslenitsa in Minsk
Maslenitsa in Minsk Maslenitsa is a sensational festival, which is celebrated according to ancient traditions. We have prepared a list of places to visit and taste pancakes. In Minsk “Minsk Maslenitsa!” Photo: vstrevel

21.02.2017

“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists
“I’ll be back”: visa-free regime in Belarus and first impressions of tourists While Europe is closing its borders for immigrants, Belarus receives tourists from 80 countries. The visa-free regime was adopted on February 12, 2017. Visitors may make only a 5-day visit to Belarus for now. However, longer term may be introduced soon. Alena Syrova has the story. One of the first to visit Belarus was a Chinese Lee Yen from Abu Dhabi, while the first sportsman to visit the country was an English Liverpool halfback Wade Maxwell.

20.02.2017

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

18.02.2017

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

17.02.2017

New border crossing point opens at Belarusian-Lithuanian border
New border crossing point opens at Belarusian-Lithuanian border Another international crossing point opens on the border with Lithuania on February 17. The border crossing point Losha-Šumskas acquired such a status at 8am today.  Previously, this section of the border had a status of a simplified one and only border inhabitants could cross it.  Now it will be available to everyone, but only when a person is in a car. Trucks and pedestrians will not be let through this checkpoint.  You can carry only goods for personal use through the Losha-Šumskas checkpoint.

16.02.2017

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

15.02.2017

Coins sculpture appears in Minsk
Coins sculpture appears in Minsk Literally big money: you can't put it into your pocket or purse and even pick up from the ground. Belarusian coins have been immortalized in vulica Savieckaja. This is how one of Minsk's restaurants decided to attract visitors. The installation is a close-up of new coins introduced in Belarus in July 2016, for the first time since the Soviet Union era.
'Belarus. Above Expectations' tourism promotional video
'Belarus. Above Expectations' tourism promotional video An image video about the tourism potential of Belarus has been released. A new promotional video about the tourism potential of Belarus has appeared on the Internet. It was created at the order of the National Tourism Agency of Belarus and published on marketing.by's YouTube channel. The video is called "Belarus. Above expectations." Photo: belarus.travel

14.02.2017

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

13.02.2017

About 100 foreigners visit Belarus on first visa-free day
About 100 foreigners visit Belarus on first visa-free day About 100 foreigners have already taken the opportunity to visit Belarus without a visa. The checkpoint at National Airport Minsk is ready to welcome foreign guests. Citizens of 39 countries of Europe, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the US, Japan and other countries can come to Belarus without a visa for five days. First of all, these are countries that are favorable in terms of migration, with which Belarus cooperates closely.

11.02.2017

What is the most attractive in Minsk Oceanography Centre?
What is the most attractive in Minsk Oceanography Centre? Are you into fascinating marine flora and fauna? Then you definitely need to see unique exhibits - animals, insects, fishand coral reefs – at the Minsk Oceanography Centre in Minsk. Alexey Azarov, Director of the Oceanography Center:It is not just a museum of the Oceanography Center. This is an area of attraction for those who are interested in sea life, marine romance and sciences. Nevertheless, the mysterious atmosphere of the oceanariumis divided bystrict boundaries. The exhibition includes five zones.
Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk
Affordable stay, good service and nice prices to please guests of Minsk Minsk is ready to receive hundreds of tourists from different countries. The visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states will be opened on the 12th of February. Affordable stay, decent service and nice prices will definitely please guests of the capital! Minsk is increasingly becoming a favorite city among foreign visitors especially during the holidays. Minsk is one of cities which Russians choose for a romantic Valentine's Day trip.

10.02.2017

English announcements launched in Minsk subway
English announcements launched in Minsk subway The English language has returned to Minsk metro. The last time the Minsk subway had announcements in English during the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship. Back then thousands of foreign fans came to Minsk. In 2015, announcements in English were removed. These days Minsk is again preparing to receive a large number of foreign visitors. Already from 12 February Belarus will introduce visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries, including the entire EU, USA and Japan.

01.02.2017

US Embassy in Minsk announces changes to visa policy
US Embassy in Minsk announces changes to visa policy Changes to US legislation emigration have affected Belarusians too. The US Embassy in Minsk has announced changes in its visa policy. Now the embassy will only consider requests from citizens whose visas expired less than a year ago. All the others, with a few exceptions, depending on the type of visa, must go to US diplomatic offices in neighboring countries. Visa interviews can be completed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, Warsaw, Vilnius and Riga. Moreover, Russian language people may face a language barrier in a number of embassies.
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases
Foreigners arriving in Minsk airport visa-free to be checked through Belarus-Russia databases Foreigners arriving on visa-free regime at Minsk National Airport will be checked through a special database of Belarus and Russia. National Airport Minsk was chosen as a visa-free gateway to Belarus for a reason. Here border services use a special security system, as well as border and customs control is especially tight.

31.01.2017

13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk
13 species of waterfowl live in Minsk Waterfowl have recently been counted in Minsk and its surroundings. Ornithologists have found 13 species of them, with some listed as endangered. Among the 6,500 the most popular are mallards, in second place gulls and in third mute swans. According to experts, the birds wintering in Belarus feel fine. The temperature generally did not differ from the average rate, strong cold did not hurt the birds.
World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision
World Tourism Organization welcomes Belarus' visa-free decision The World Tourism Organization supports the decision of Belarus on visa facilitation.  According to international experts, unimpeded access to the country for people from 80 countries will benefit not only to the development of the tourism industry. The visa-free regime will strengthen the relationship between the business community, benefit business and the development of the economy as a whole.

30.01.2017

Eco-trails to appear in every Minsk district
Eco-trails to appear in every Minsk district Minsk authorities are planning to increase planting areas. Every district of Minsk should have its own ecological trails. An eco-trail in the city is a place where you can enjoy a unique landscape, listen to birds' singing, including those that are listed as endangered. In the spring of 2017, the second stages of parks named after Mikhail Pavlov and Hugo Chavez will be commissioned. The Slepyanskaya water system will be restored.
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for foreign tourists
Belarus' Brest can become visa-free for tourists Brest in the near future may become visa-free for foreign tourists. Convenient border regime has been in force in the Bialowieza Forest for one and a half years already. And, most importantly, it fully justifies itself. During 2016 the picturesque Belarusian reserve was visited by more than seven thousand visa-free visitors.

29.01.2017

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

26.01.2017

Visiting Belarus in winter: what to see?
Visiting Belarus in winter: What to see? Look at the snow-covered forests in the solar glare. Winter trip around Belarus may turn into an unforgettable fairy tale. There is no such a flow of tourists like in summer, so you can completely relax. It is better to buy a tourist map of Minsk and explore its attractions in advance. Lovers of history will certainly be delighted by Grodno and its open-air architecture.

21.01.2017

President Lukashenko: the abolition of visas does not mean the abolition of controls
Belarus President: Visa-free regime is not absence of control The visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries doesn’t have any risks for Belarus and neighboring countries. On the 20th of January Alexander Lukashenko approved the decision on the protection of the state borders of the country in 2017. This topic was earlier discussed twice at the highest level. It was affected by some external factors such as difficult international environment, increase in terrorism and illegal migration.

18.01.2017

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

11.01.2017

Belarusian candies and chocolates
Belarus' Foreign Ministry holds visa consultations in social networks The news about the possibility of visa-free travel to Belarus was well received by people from the different parts of the world. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus held the first consultation in social networks. About a million people took this opportunity. In Grodno, the visa-free regime for foreigners was introduced in late 2016. The average amount a foreign tourist spends on gifts is about 70 euros. Tourists usually buy craft products as souvenirs. Products made of vine and flax are the main subjects of shopping in Belarus.
Five-day visa-free entry to Belarus comes into force on February 12, 2017
Visa-free entry to Belarus comes into force February 12, 2017 Visa-free regime of entry to Belarus comes into force on February 12, according to the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The innovation, first of all, will be convenient for independent travelers, including those arriving in the country without support of travel agencies.

10.01.2017

Belarus visa-free entry requirements
Welcome to Belarus: visa-free entry requirements Belarus is introducing a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries. These are all EU countries, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and others. Foreigners will be able to visit Belarus without a visa through National Airport Minsk and stay here up to 5 days. The new regime of entry is provided by the decree signed by the head of the state. This document is developed for short trips for tourists or businessmen.

09.01.2017

National Airport ‘Minsk’
EU, US citizens can enter Belarus visa-free via National Airport Minsk Visa-free regime for foreign citizens was introduced in Belarus under Presidential Decree. The rule applies to those arriving in our country for a period up to five days. Moreover, they must enter Belarus through the National Airport Minsk. The decree applies to citizens of 80 countries, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan and etc. The document is aimed at attracting businessmen, tourists and individuals. However, it doesn’t apply to foreigners on official visits.

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