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26 Jul 2018

Brest welcomes 50,000th foreign visitor

BREST, 26 July (BelTA) – A ceremony to celebrate the 50,000th visitor to Brest was held during the first economic forum of Brest twin cities and partners on 26 July, BelTA informs.

Tadeusz Konaszuk, a resident of Biala Podlaska, Poland, came to Brest on a business trip. The Polish businessman plans to sign an agreement on cooperation with one of Brest firms. “I last visited Brest 25 years ago. Apart from business things, I am planning to see the city. Perhaps, I will come to Belarus later with my family to see other cities of Belarus. I like your country. It is peaceful, green and clean,” he said.

Tadeusz Konaszuk received souvenirs from Brest Mayor Alexander Rogachuk.

Since the beginning of 2018, Brest has welcomed 50,000 tourists. Over 7,000 of the came under the visa waiver program. “We are gearing up for the City Day celebrations. It is already virtually impossible to find a vacant room in hotels in Brest. By the way, many come to see Brest in order to compare how the city will fare in a year when it celebrates the 1,000th birthday,” noted Olesya Okrug, the head of sport and tourism in the Brest city administration.

Foreign guests spend 4 to 5 days in Brest on average. The most popular site among tourists is the Brest Hero Fortress memorial complex. Excursions around the city are also growing in popularity. Many are attracted to events tourism. “Every time we add new events. For example, we will hold the festival of beach sports on 28 July. Eight teams from foreign countries have applied. We will welcome volleyball players from Ukraine, tennis players from Germany, petanque teams from Russia and Poland,” Olesya Okrug said.

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