July 30, 2005 "Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper The Brest region is rich by talents

About how the Grandfather Frost faced confuse with the singer Plotnikova

Singer Olga Plotnikova was born and has grown in the town of Ivatzevichi of the Brest region. She is truly famous there. Even at school No 1 where Olga was a pupil, a wall-newspaper with her photos hangs. The Olga's mum was invited this spring to read a lecture about the daughter.

While out of Ivatzevichi Olga Plotnikova is not always become familiar.

"On New Year's Eve I with other actors visited the Grandfather Frost in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. We stood close to his house and waited. The Grandfather went out and got under way directly to me. "Hello!" he said. I was very glad and decided that the Grandfather Frost is my admirer. While he continues "Inna, you remember how we met the last year?" So I began to be clear that he mixed me with Inna Afanas'eva. It's pity I already thought that the glory visited me".

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July 28, 2005 "Minski Kuryer" (The Minsk Courier) Newspaper, No 683 "Cocks" are an index to measure quality of rural houses for tourists

Village farmhouses for tourists will be classified in Belarus. The best of them will be granted by a category-status of "four cocks".

Rural tourism in the country is quickly developed now. Our country is rather attractive to all kinds of "green" travels. For example, no one country all over the world has such a number of lakes as there are ten thousand in Belarus. Apart from this there is an extraordinary beautiful and untouched nature as well as big variety of flora and fauna. According to draft estimations ecological and rural tourism promises to be much in demand. According to UN's research 82 percents of citizens of Minsk would like to travel into the country.

However there is a barrier for rural tourism development in Belarus - a lack of comfortable houses in villages and in vicinities of protected areas like national parks and areas with partial reservation. Therefore building of a network of village hotels is necessary. The purpose of certification started is to speed up this process.

To indicate hotels for rural tourism, instead of stars, other symbols reflecting a national colour are used. For example sun-signs are common in Poland, apples - in Slovenia, olives - in Spain, flowers - in Austria, ears - in France, storks are in Lithuania. Cock is chosen a symbol for Belarus. The experts of the company "Rural and Eco-tourism" will define a star-level depending on the location of a farmhouse, ability of conveniences like a shower-bath, toilet, sauna etc. and leisure service like bicycle travels, fishing, hunting, riding, swimming etc. Now within the country, the company unites about 250 farmhouse owners and villagers who want to be the owners.

A new UN project on support of rural and ecological tourism in the region of Belovezhskaya Pushcha started in areas where a county tourism business is the most advanced. They are Volkovysk, Zelvensk, Kamenetz, Pruzhany and Svisloch districts. A competition of small grants for the owners of village houses will be held as a part of this project. They will have to present a plan of improvement of their hotels and estimate's calculations and ti send them to the organizing committee. The one, whose inquiry will be the most convincing, will be granted with necessary financial means. Winners will be announced in the beginning of 2006. Their number and a sum of grants are not limited. Thus owners whose farmhouses are not of good quality really get chance to obtain not two but four "cocks".

Ekaterina NECHARVA
July 22, 2005 "Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper Problems of rural tourism development are under discussion in the Zelvensk district

Problems of rural tourism development's program in Pruzhany and Kamenetz districts of Brest area and in Zelvensk, Svisloch and Volkovysk districts of Grodno area have been discussed at the session of the National Advisory Committee in the frame of the UN Project "Environmentally sustainable development of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha transboundary region" on July, 22. The session was held in the village of Kozlovichi of Zelvensk district of Grodno area on the basis of the "Veres" village farmhouse.

Chairman of the Pruzhany Regional Executive Committee Alexander Yurkevich informed BelaPAN on the eve of the session that over sixty families living close to Belovezhskaya Pushcha in Pruzhany district wanted to host tourists in the farmhouses. According to Mr Yurkevich, the rural tourism is a perspective way of the tourist industry and "unique natural beauty of Belovezhskaya Pushcha will promote the development of the region". "However, financial means are necessary to start this new project", the chairman emphasized.

"It is necessary to reconstruct houses, create modern household conditions, teach farmhouses' owners to get knoledge about rural tourism and distribute commercial information among Belarusian and foreign travel agencies. It will allow to attract foreign tourists to visit our country, intensify the work of trade and public food enterprises and make more souvenir production".

Mr Yurkevich noted that many foreign tourists who come to the Polish tourist centre in the Bialowieza locality, eight kilometers from the Belarusian border, are interested in Belarusian regions. He said that the opportunity of tourist visa arrangement at the site of the "Pererov-Bialowieza" border-crossing is considered. By the way, in Kamenetz district, it is expected to serve the first tourists in summer of 2006. Three village hotels should be madehere to this time.

BelaPAN Information Agency
July 22, 2005 "Sovetskaya Byelorussia" (The Soviet Byelorussia) Newspaper, No 139 Ready to enter!

Rural tourism sounds banal somehow. We offer to call this sphere the industry of hospitality.

Not many know that our Belovezhskaya Pushcha is a part of Euro-region where the joint Belarusian and Polish Project "Environmentally sustainable development in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha transboundary region" in the frame of UN program was started in September last year. From our party the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection coordinats its implemetation.

It is necessary to say that the developed and adapted to the local reality UN project includes, equally with others, objectives of quick and active development of rural tourism. Basically this kind of tourism is already far from being the novelty for many villigers. Moreover, now in Belarus there are about fifty village farmhouses of high quality capable to host visitors while about twenty of them are located in the areas adjacet to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The goal is that owners of these farmhouses should improve service and gradually acheive a highinternational level.

"We have already made a database and lists of candidates who are ready to work better in their farmhouses", coordinator of the project on rural tourism Vladimir Lomako said. "Perhaps it is still early to compare our success with the similar business in Poland but we can already point to certain advantages. For example, a locally developed program on transboundary cooperation is realized in Pruzhany district: a hotel for over thirty visitors and a house for ten hunters and fishermen are available, ecological and educational paths on the "Dikoe" bog have been developed, guides have been taught. Further plans are to issue an appropriate advertising production and to arrange access roads to the Pruzhany castle.

Leontiy KUCHKO
July 20, 2005 "Argumenty i Facty v Belarusi" (The Arguments and Facts in Belarus) newspaper, No 29 The Belarusian part in a World Heritage

The Cathedral of Notre Dame, Egyptian pyramids and the Great Chinese wall are world miracles among 778 objects inscribed on the List of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Mir castle complex from Belarus are in the List too. However there are more cultural and historical sites of the world importance in our country. Now, according to decision of the Intergovernmental Committee on Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, the List was complemented by the architectural and cultural complex of the Radzivily's residence in Nesvizh and the Struve's Arch from Belarus.

The Russian-Scandinavian Arch is known under name of "Arch of Struve". It was called in honour of Professor of astronomy and geodesy V.Ya. Struve (1793 - 1864) who conducted the most precise measuring the length of the meridian arch made before ее. Iosif Ivanovich Hodzko (1800 - 1881), person from our Belarusian land, also took part in the measuring.
July 20, 2005 "Komsomolskaya Pravda v Belarusi" (The Komsomol Truth in Belarus) Newspaper The castle of the Radzivily's family is inscribed on the UNESCO's List

But help from abroad to restore is not expected.

What international monuments to recognize a World Cultural Heritage, it has been decided in the middle of July in the city of Durban (the Republic of South Africa).

Belarus was honored two times: the Nesvizh Museum-Reserve and the "Struve's Arc" were inscribed on the List. The Arch was created in the twentieth of the XIX to measure the most precise length of meridian. As a total about 250 geodetic points was created worldwide including 30 ones in Belarus.

As to the Nesvizh Museum-Reserve, it consists of not only the famous castle of the Radzivily's family but also of the unique Farnyi Church where burials of the ancient magnate kin are placed.

The Radzivily's castle was built at the end of XVI by the Italian architect Govanni Bernardoni. In the Soviet times the architectural monument has been used as a sanatorium repaired in the style of those times. Having entered in a castle's room, you could think that you came into a house porch built in the Khrushchev's style. At the end of 2002, when the castle was nearly to get put in order, there was a trouble - a fire.

At last the Radzivily's lair has a chance to get a first-range view.

"Approximately 112 billions Roubles will be allocated to make restoration. The tile roof is already made, the facade's plastering and many other restoration works are made already", head of the Museum-Reserve Valeriy Stolyarchuk boasted to the "KP"'s reporter.

It is interesting whether will UNESCO help to repair the castle?

"To be included in the UNESCO's List is prestigious but the state will restore architectural buildings", head of the Department on Protection of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture Vasiliy Oblanskiy said. "All repair works are planned to finish to the end of this year".

Earlier Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Mir castle, sites of our country, were inscribed on the UNESCO's List.

July 19, 2005 "Byelorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta" (The Byelorussian business newspaper) Newspaper, No 1543 The Nesvizh castle is on the List of World Heritage

The Nesvizh castle was inscribed on the UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the most famous Belarusian historical and cultural monuments. The Minister of Culture Leonid Gulyako informed about the decision made in the UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. According to the Minister, before to make this important decision the experts of this international organization who recognized a historical value of the castle worked in Belarus for long time. It is the third national object and the second Belarusian castle inscribed on the List of World Heritage. Earlier Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the Mir castle were honored this award. Today the castle complex of Nesvizh is under restoration started after a fire. The Mir castle is also under restoration. 2007 is the year to finish works being planed.
July 06, 2005 "Vecherniy Minsk" (The Evening Minsk) Newspaper, No 151 Do you want to join cycle-tourists?

From July 5 to July 18 the international cycle-tour "From the Baltic to the Black sea" is going to be in the area of Belarus. A team consisted of 17 men (11 Lithuanians, 2 German, 2 Swedes, 1 American and 1 Pole) will go during four days as far as Minsk, having visited the Naroch lake and the Vileyskoie reservoir. The cycle-tourists will arrive in the capital on July 8, then in two days in the morning they will depart to pass the route Nesvizh-Novogrudok-Zhirovichi-Pruzhany-Belovezhskaya Pushcha-Brest-Tomashovka.

The cycle-tour aims the development of eco-tourism, expansion of rang of cultural interest, propagation of bicycle sports and friendly attitudes between the countries. The Fund of Social Protection "Time" is a coordinator of the project in our country. All wishing can join cycle-tourists to travel across Belarus (phone for contact in Minsk is 231-63-57, 8-029-5728153).

Anastasia MARININA