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Belarus counts on UNWTO's help with its tourism promotion concept


Belarus counts on the assistance of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with drafting the national tourism promotion concept for the period till 2035, Belarus' Deputy Premier Igor Petrishenko said as he met with UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili on 1 July, BelTA has learned.

“Tourism promotion is high on our agenda. We have potential, but I guess it is underutilized. Therefore, your recommendations will be more than welcome. We are drafting a tourism promotion concept for the period till 2035. We have plans to introduce amendments to the Law on Tourism. We are interested in country-specific suggestions of UNWTO,” Igor Petrishenko said.

The vice-premier recalled that the interdisciplinary expert council on tourism was set up under the Council of Ministers. It features experts specializing in various types of tourism.

Zurab Pololikashvili assured that he is a great friend and partner of Belarus in the UN system. “We believe that our expertise can be used while drafting the 2035 strategy and amending the Law on Tourism. We will be glad to be involved,” he noted.

According to Zurab Pololikashvili, Belarus should focus on two things – promotion of Minsk and agro-ecotourism. The latter will help involve regions in tourism promotion. “Your tourism industry has great potential and opportunities, there are many interesting sites here,” he believes.

The World Tourism Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. The organization unites 158 countries. Belarus joined UNWTO in 2005.