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Brest Oblast sees more tourists thanks to visa-free entry program

Society 19.07.2019 | 18:21

BREST, 18 July (BelTA) – The tourist and recreation zone “Brest” welcomed 14,500 visa-free visitors in H1 2019, BelTA learned from Denis Nikityuk, the head of the tourism desk at the sport and tourism department of the Brest regional administration.

In H1 visitors from 55 countries took advantage of the opportunity to cross the border without visas, which was up 2.2 times year-on-year. Polish citizens accounted for 80% of the total. Brest also welcomed citizens of Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Croatia. Thanks to the visa-free program Brest Oblast has seen an increase in the tourist flow from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

“Those who come as part of the visa-free program prefer to go on excursions. On average foreign visitors stay here for three days, both individual tourists, family tourists. Recently, we have seen this trend: more and more guests use recuperation programs in health resorts. Basically these are guests from Poland,” Denis Nikityuk.

Sixty-eight travel companies in Brest Oblast provide service to visa-free tourists. Their number has increased by more than 1.5 times over the past year and a half. Foreign citizens are offered to see the city of Brest, the sights of the surrounding areas. The most popular is the route connecting Brest, Kamenets, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Pruzhany, and Ruzhany. The market has seen more proposals to visit the sites of the common heritage of Belarusians and Poles. These include the Kosciuszko family nest in the village of Malye Sekhnovichi in Zhabinka District, Sapieha-Potocki estate in the town of Vysokoye in Kamenets District, Tolloczko chapel-tomb in the village of Rakovitsa in Brest District, memorials of the First World War.

“In high season, we see an increased demand for active tourism: rafting, cycling, walking tours. Typically, such travelers stay in agro-estates (there are around 180 of them in the zone covered by the free-visa program). Events tourism is also popular. For example, foreign guests have showed an interest in Brest's millennium; Events to celebrate this date will last until the end of the year,” Denis Nikityuk said.

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