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08 June 2022, 18:28

Belarus, Mordovia focus on domestic tourism development

MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) - Belarus and Russia's Mordovia focus on the development of domestic tourism, Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Entrepreneurship of the Republic of Mordovia Marina Zhulina told the media on 8 June, BelTA has learned.

“With the borders closed, tourism is a priority for Belarus, Mordovia and the whole Russian Federation. We focus on the development of domestic tourism. I liked Minsk very much and I was surprised by its cleanliness, cultural sights, good souvenirs and gastronomy. I think we will find points of contact in the tourism sector,” said Marina Zhulina.

According to her, Mordovia is the closest national republic to Moscow. “When coming to Moscow, tourists from Belarus can visit and see our region. Mordvins are the largest Finno-Ugric people of Russia. Belarusian tourists can get familiar with Mordovia's culture, cuisine, and traditions. Fyodor Ushakov spent his last days on our land. A native of Mordovia is the great sculptor Stepan Erzya, we keep over 200 of his works. Next to us are Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and Penza Oblast which are also interesting to visit. All in all, we can arrange very good interregional routes,” the deputy minister of economy, trade and entrepreneurship said.

Marina Zhulina also noted that Saransk hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup, so the entire infrastructure of the city is in great condition. In particular, a new airport was built, hotels of international level were opened.

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