A new hotel to be open in Minsk Old Town

A new hotel will appear in Minsk in Internatsionalnaya Street opposite Pobeda movie theater. Garnie Hotel will be open in the building that is a monument of architecture of the 19 century. Being located in the city center is undoubtedly the hotel’s competitive advantage – all the old sights are within a walking distance.  Read full article

Two star hotels and private apartments are the most popular choice in Minsk

In spite of all the problems in Belarus, the capital is visited by a great number of tourists. According to the official statistics, about 400 000 foreign guests visited Minsk on tourism, business and transit visas. This year the figure might increase. Still, the number of hotels in Minsk remains the same. Read full article

150 000 tourists visit Belarus National Library every year

According to its Director Mr. R. Matulsky, the Library actively cooperates with travel agencies and attracts tourists on its own. We have a number of tour itineraries and the standard one takes around 45 minutes. The guides are our own staff – experienced and knowledgeable people. Apart from the Museum of the Rare Book and an art exhibition, the tourists like to visit the observation pad and come with their whole families...  Read full article

The best Map of Minsk

There are several maps of Minsk written in English, but some of them have one significant drawback. Most people in Belarus speak Russian and most articles on Belarus were written using the English transcriptions of the geographical names in the Russian language. And these maps have the English transcriptions of the geographical names in Belarusian and sometimes Polish languages which brings certain confusion.   Read full article

The number of inbound tourists in Belarus has not decreased

In spite of all economic issues the development of the tourism industry has kept growing during the last five months, according to Mr. Shulga. On the contrary, the number of incoming tourists who visited Belarus within this period has increased by 32 per cent, as compared to the first five months of 2010.  Read full article

Minsk tourist information center to purchase audio guides

The State Company Minsk Tourist Information Center is going to acquire 10 audio guides for an experiment, its Director Elena Plis was quoted as saying by Belta news agency...  Read full article

Navigation for Minsk tourists will improve

The main tourist attractions of Minsk will be appointed with tourist stands and guide signs in Russian and English, according to Elena Plis, the director of the State Center for Tourist Information. Those Minsk tourists who will choose to explore the capital on their own, will be able to rent a high-quality audio guide.    Read full article

Visit the Belavezha Nature Museum with an audio guide

A new service was introduced in the Museum of Nature in Belavezha Reserve, Belarus. From now on the museum guests have a chance to listen to the excursion audio record in Russian, German, English or French. There are enough players to equip a whole tourist group. The service cost is BYR 13 000.

Belavezha Reserve to receive record high number of tourists

The year of 2010 saw the record number of tourists that visited Belavezha Reserve. It amounted to 327 000 people which is 90 000 people more than in 2009. It is quite possible that this year’s results will improve. Read full article

New Tourism Act to scrap Belarus tourist voucher

The new Tourism Act was approved of by the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus. Now all the companies in the Belarus tourism industry can rest assured that the bureaucratic obstacle – the Belarus tourist voucher – is in the past. Read full article

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