Chernobyl zone will open for tourists
Tourism is gaining momentum in the Chernobyl zone in the Gomel region. Representatives of the Gomel region administration told about this to the participants of the press tour on the experience of Belarus in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and the rehabilitation of the affected areas.
The total area of the Gomel region is more than 40 thousand square kilometers, 17 thousand of them were affected by the Chernobyl accident. “There are 21 districts in the region, and 20 of them now radioactive as a result of the accident. Almost 80% of the region’s population lives in these territories.
In those territories from where, due to radiation pollution, people were resettled, in 1988 the Polessky State Radiation and Ecological Reserve began its work. Its closest point to Chernobyl – only 8 kilometers – is the Masany research station. Since last year, with the permission of the President of the Republic of Belarus, we began to develop a route to these places”, said Dmitry Rudkovsky, curator for overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident in the regional administration, told reporters.
According to the deputy governor of the region Vladimir Privalov, tourists are not afraid of the Chernobyl echo. On the contrary – heats up interest. “We have no problems with tourists. Over the past year, the Gomel region has earned about $ 20 million in tourism. It is mainly agricultural and ecotourism, sports tourism. We have very developed hunting and fishing. There are no rejections due to our proximity to Chernobyl Practically all the sanatoriums are busy with us – 70% are Russians. There are doubters, of course. But why did we go to the opening of our special tourist destination related to Chernobyl? Because we watched people who were trying to get into the exclusion zone and then we decided to work on this topic, since there is interest in it”, said Privalov.