MINSK, 30 June 2019 (BelTA) – There are plans to hold an international agro-ecotourism forum in one of Belarus’ regions in 2020, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili told reporters on 30 June, BelTA has learned.
“We want to declare 2020 the year of agro-ecotourism. We seek to promote new destinations and go beyond big cities. All the events to be held next year will take place in regions. Belarus is a very good example of how to promote ecotourism,” Zurab Pololikashvili said.
He believes that this event will draw participants from many countries. He hopes that Belarus’ experience will inspire them to promote this type of tourism. The UNWTO secretary general noted that agro-ecotourism helps create new jobs. “All countries can greatly benefit from promoting tourism in the periphery. The idea behind our efforts is to give a boost to this type of tourist offerings.
While in Minsk Zurab Pololikashvili has already visited local sports venues and studied hospitality infrastructure. “I am very glad that this event drew many fans. When they go back to their home countries, they will tell their family and friends about Belarus. It is very interesting here. You have great infrastructure and amazing people,” he said.