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
To Latvia – for experience!
From the 4 till the 8th of June within the project “European quality to rural tourism in Belarus", supported by Eurasia Foundation, there was a training for Belarusian specialists on rural tourism quality in Latvia. Among them there were representatives of the Association “Agro- and ecotourism”, the National Tourism Agency, the Institute of certification and standardization. The participants visited farmsteads of different comfort level, got acquainted with the Latvian system of standards in the sphere of rural tourism. Soon in Belarus own recommendation on farmsteads classification will appear.