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On October 27-30 the Third World Rural Tourism Conference took place in Zhejiang province. It is traditionally held in Huzhou district, and that is not a coincidence: it is an example to follow to Chinese rural tourism. Its organizers were local authorities and Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).

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For years, the name “Belarus” has not been on every tourist’s lips. Despite its pristine nature, rich Soviet legacy, developing agritourism and general safety for travelers, the country didn’t receive the attention it’s worth of. But things are going to change: the Republic of Belarus has opened its borders and is now visa-free for tourist from a number of states (including the UK), who travel by plane.

On February, 9 during a meeting in London AITO welcomed another associated member – the Republican union of tourism industry (RUTI), an organization that consolidates tour operators, DMCs, hotels and tourist attractions from Belarus.

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One visa-free zone “Brest-Grodno”

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has signed Decree No. 300 “On Establishing a Visa-Free Procedure for Entry and Exit of Foreign Citizens”, the press service of the president reports.

The previously separate Brest and Grodno visa-free zones for tourist and recreation purposes are now combined into a unified Brest-Grodno visa-free territory. It includes five districts: Brest, Volkovysk, Grodno, Lida and Shchuchin.

In this region, the period of stay without a visa is increased to 15 days for citizens of 73 countries. In addition, it will be possible to enter the country through two additional checkpoints: Bieniakoni and Berestovitsa.

Foreigners will be able to travel without visas throughout the western regions, provided that they are part of organized tourist groups on routes that provide for a visit to the visa-free territory of Brest – Grodno.

The decree comes in force three months after its official publication.

At the same time, a visa-free entry procedure for citizens of 74 states to Belarus for up to 30 days via Minsk National Airport is maintained, which is provided for by decree of January 9, 2017 No. 8 (as amended, effective July 24, 2018).

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Stork is a symbol of Belarus.

Stork is a beautiful and magical bird. And it is a symbol of Belarus.

There are many legends about this holy bird. One of them tells such an interesting story.

According to the tale, the Stork used to be a man. Once God told him to throw a sack containing all kinds of harmful insects, rodents and snakes into the sea, and forbade him to untie it to see what was inside. However, the man succumbed to temptation and either out of curiosity or tempted by another man, disobeyed. All the creatures spread over the globe in a flash, while the man was turned, for his curiosity and disobedience, into the Stork wandering around the world and collecting all these beings for food.

Belarusians believe that storks settle only for good people. And if you see the first flying stork in spring, you will be happy the whole year.

Be happy and come to us in Belarus!

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One of the largest agricultural enterprises of the Minsk region, OAO “Ozeritski-Agro” is planning to introduce to the tourist market a unique product: a combination of industrial and agricultural tourism. What kind of product it is and whom is it trying to reach?

OAO “Ozeritski-Agro” is considered one of the most technologically advanced agricultural enterprises in Belarus. Its practices are being adopted by farmers from both Belarus and abroad. Delegations from Russia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, the SAR, Vietnam, China, Cuba, Mozambique, the UK, Austria, Sweden and many other countries have already visited that place. The enterprise’s main specializations are cattle breeding, crop farming and agritourism. The closest prospect is the development of industrial tourism.

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