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30 May 2014

Grodno, Suwalki to launch first ethno-cultural tourist route

GRODNO, 30 May (BelTA) – Grodno and Suwalki (Poland) are going to launch the first cross-border ethno-cultural tourist route, BelTA learnt from Director of the Suwalki Chamber of Agriculture and Tourism Elzbieta Niedziejko.

This new tourist product is part of the international technical aid program “Improvement of cross-border region attractiveness through the introduction of ethno-cultural resources into the tourist activities (a trip to the ethnic fairytale)”. The project is implemented by the Yanka Kupala Grodno State University, the Suwalki Chamber of Agriculture and Tourism, the Gudevichi State Museum of Literature and Local Lore (Belarus) and Gymnasium No. 1 of Grodno. The project will feature two tourist routes: one on the Polish side (“Seven fairy-tale villages”) and one on the Belarusian side (“Belun’s Inns”).

This is a very important tourist product for Suwalki as it combines heritage tourism and modern tourist trends. This project will present the Suwalki area as a land of fairy tales and will introduce children and the youth to the cultural heritage of this region, Elzbieta Niedziejko said. The Polish part of the route is meant, first of all, for families with children and the youth.

The Belarusian section of the route will include Grodno, Korobchitsy, Odelsk, Gudevichi, Ozery, Vasilishki and Radun. The route will feature the royal heritage of Grodno and the museum of Yefim Karsky, the Ozery natural reserve, the Jewish Culture Museum in Radun, the Local Lore Center in Lida, the Czeslaw Niemen House-Museum in Vasilishki, and many more. The symbol of the route is Belun, the Slavic deity of success, wealth and good luck, a patron of travelers.

According to Elzbieta Niedziejko, local tourists know about the Suwalki part of the route, however many of them want to cross the border and visit Belarus. “I believe the new cross-border route will be of interest to both Belarusian and Polish tourists, as well as travelers from other European countries”, she said.

The cross-border ethno-cultural tourist route will become fully operational in the second part of June. The first people to travel along this route will be Belarusian journalists.