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Opinion: Visa-free travel in Brest and surroundings will attract more tourists from Poland

Society 11.05.2017 | 18:20

BREST, 11 May (BelTA) – The launch of visa-free travel in Brest and its surroundings will help attract more tourists from Poland, Jerzy Leszczynski, Marshal of Podlaskie Voivodeship of Poland, told BelTA.

Jerzy Leszczynski said that the relations between the near-border regions of Belarus and Poland are rapidly growing stronger. Trade and economy are the most fruitful areas of cooperation. Jerzy Leszczynski expressed hope that the ties will help boost the mutual export and import operations. “Today I had a meeting with Chairman of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee Anatoly Lis. We spoke about closer cooperation between Podlaskie Voivodeship and Brest Oblast. Plans have been made to develop tourism in border areas, especially in terms of visa-free travel. We already have such cooperation ties with Grodno Oblast at the Augustow Canal. We hope that the flow of tourists from Poland will increase with the launch of visa-free travel in Brest Oblast,” Jerzy Leszczynski noted.

The Brest Oblast Executive Committee suggests expanding the visa-free entry zone for foreigners and to include, in addition to Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the city of Brest and nearby Zhabinka District, Brest District and Kamenets District. Jerzy Leszczynski is sure that Polish tourists will be interested in Belarusian sights. “Polish travel agencies will cooperate with the Belarusian side in this regard. Above all, it applies to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This forest is important not only for Belarus and Poland. It is of the global importance. No less interesting is Brest and its surroundings,” the Polish guest said. He stressed that the Polish side is ready to help attract tourists.

On 11 May, Brest hosted a meeting of the sub-commission on interregional cooperation of the Belarusian-Polish intergovernmental coordinating commission for cross-border cooperation. The meeting reviewed the tourism opportunities of the border areas. The participants noted that the easing of visa formalities will have a positive impact on the development of the Belarusian-Polish economic, social and cultural cooperation, and on the ties between local self-government bodies. A decision was taken to enhance cooperation in arranging art exhibitions, festivals, and tours of art teams.

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