There is a unique nature in Belarus. The oldest forest in Europe is situated in Belarus (the National Park of Belavezhskaya Puscha). 60 % of the Aquatic-worbler population (Acrocephalus-paludicola) is in Belarus more info
This time country homestays open their doors to hundreds of tourists, showed their houses, described the services offered, attractions around their B&Bs and of course offered something special to taste. The action involved local tourism administration, craftsmen, folklore groups. more info
The term ‘quest’ is now familiar to homestay owners
In the beginning of May Vidomlya rural settlement hosted an unusual training . The participants got acquainted with an innovative and quiet popular tourist product – questing. Quests are a sort of educational and informative getting one's bearings. After theoretical introduction training participants implemented their knowledge on practical experience: while walking around Vidomlya they defined the key points for a quest, tips and hints, directions. One can say that at the end of the day Vidomlya dwellers already had the first version of quest. more info
‘Old Man of Greenways’ Chuck Flink has visited Belarus
From the 23d of August till 1st of September 2012 Belarusian Association ‘Country Escape’ hosted famous American expert in Greenways – Charles “Chuck” Flink. He is President of Alta/Greenways a national greenway and non-motorized transportation planning firm, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Mr.Flink has been in Greenways industry for 30 years and in known in USA as an “Old Man of Greenways” as he has completed greenway plans for more than 225 communities within 35 States. He has also provided consulting services to clients in Argentina, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Japan and St. Croix, USVI. Moreover Mr.Flink is the author of two main methodological books on Greenways development.
This time Belarus was his destination. The visit was initiated by our Association and supported by the US Embassy Speakers Program (US Embassy in Minsk). Mr.Flink has spent 10 days in Belarus, he has visited several regions where he provided consultancy on-the-spot and delivered lectures for local initiative groups for Greenway development. The visit was very fruitful. Mr.Flink had a chance to participate in ‘Annesky kirmash’ festival (Anna’s fair) in Zelva, Grodno region, to travel along two Belarusian Greenways – ‘Volozhynskie gostsincy’ (Volozhin trails), Volozhin district, Minsk region and ‘The Land of Yellow Lilies and Grey boulders’, Lepel district, Vitebsk region. Also there were several official meeting with representatives of various institutions and state bodies in Minsk where Mr.Flink shared American experience and best practices in Greenways planning that can be used in Belarus. After his visit Mr.Flink is sure that our country possesses wonderful resources and perspectives for Greenways development. So we believe that we shouldn’t miss this opportunity and will do out best to make it come true!
Some photos from Mr.Flink’s stay in Belarus you can find here