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23 Jan 2017

Visa-free tours to Grodno most popular with Poles, Lithuanians

GRODNO, 23 January (BelTA) – Residents of Poland and Lithuania were mainly among those making use of the opportunity to visit Grodno and its surrounding areas visa-free, BelTA learned from the Grodno sports and tourism department.

More than 2,800 foreigners have paid visa-free visits to Grodno and its surrounding areas so far.

“Residents of the neighboring Lithuania and Poland were the most active. They topped the so-called list of visa-free tourists. Third goes Latvia whose residents also find it appealing to visit Grodno visa-free. We are determined to continue developing this direction. We are going to present the region’s potential at an exhibition in Riga soon. German residents placed fourth in the list,” representatives of the sports and tourism department said. Citizens of more than 20 countries used the chance to visit the Augustow Canal visa-free.

Excursions to Grodno remain to be very popular. “We connect it with the winter season. Travel agencies working with visa-free tourists record foreigners’ interest in spending time at the Augustow Canal,” the sports and tourism department said. The canal has the necessary infrastructure, including hotels, pedestrian and bicycle marked routes and many more.

A special booklet, 10 Reasons to Visit Grodno, will be published to demonstrate the tourism potential of the region abroad. The brochure will include the most interesting historical and cultural sites of the region, its sports, environmental and entertainment tourism potential. It is expected that the booklet will be published in English, Polish, Lithuanian and Russian.

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