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20 December 2019, 19:30

Roadmap to develop Belarus-Poland transboundary tourism territory suggested

BREST, 20 December (BelTA) – Belarus invites Poland to put together a roadmap on developing the transboundary tourism territory. The plans were mentioned at a session of the bilateral working group on cooperation in tourism in Brest on 20 December, BelTA has learned.

Attracting the attention of tourists from third countries – Western Europe, Asia, and North America – to the area along the Belarusian-Polish border is the idea. “Thanks to the latest presidential decree on visa-free travels of foreign citizens we can see that the territory of Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast can become part of the European routes that bus associations cater to. Our job is to offer a quality tourism product with meals and accommodation,” Deputy Director of the Tourism Department of the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry Vitaly Gritsevich noted.

The Belarusian side has nearly finished work on its own part of the project. Polish colleagues were made familiar with the proposal during the session of the working group. “We will discuss the matter, may polish some things, and forward a ready set of measures to the Polish side taking into account their wishes before the tourism season begins,” Vitaly Gritsevich said. He added that there are plans to organize a forum for tour operators from Europe during the international spring fair of tourist services Leisure 2020. The tour operators will be invited to get familiar with travel opportunities available in the Belarus-Poland transboundary territory.

The Tourism Department of the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry is working on a similar project together with Hungary. The tourist route provides for dropping in Grodno Oblast and Brest Oblast among other places.

Participants of the session discussed opportunities for increasing mutual tourist traffic and sketched out plans for organizing joint events in 2020.

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