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Grodno expects to welcome 5,000th visa-free visitor to Augustow Canal on 27 February

Society 27.02.2017 | 17:18
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GRODNO, 27 February (BelTA) – The 5,000th visa-free tourist to the Augustow Canal will be welcomed on 27 February, Oleg Andreichik, the head of the sports and tourism office of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee, told BelTA.

As of the morning of 27 February, there were 4,998 vise-free visitors to the tourism and recreation park Augustow Canal and its surroundings. “The 5,000 mark will be certainly beaten by the end of the day. By the way, last week we registered an increase in visa-free arrivals against the weekly average number of visitors. We believe this is a result of the temperature rise and recent celebration events. We think that the average weekly number of tourists will be growing steadily, and we expect it to hit its highest in May. People are already actively booking hotels and tours for the month of May,” Oleg Andreichik said.

He noted that over 4,500 registered tourists have entered Belarus visa-free as of today. Those were nationals of 30 countries. Oleg Andreichik believes that the city of Grodno will welcome guests from many other countries in the future.

Decree No. 318 of the Belarusian head of state on the introduction of the visa-free travel to the Augustow Canal for foreigners came into force on 26 October. The document permits foreign nationals to stay on the territory of the park and its surroundings for a period of up to five days.

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