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News from the Baltic States…

February 2011


Latvia

The 18th Travel Trade Fair Balttour 2011!

The new travel season opens with the 18th annual Balttour 2011 international travel trade fair– the largest travel market in the Baltic States – to be held at Kipsala International Exhibition Centre from 11–13 February. Balttour 2011 will feature about 600 tourism companies in at least 200 national and individual stands representing 30 countries and tourism businesses.

New themed halls
Balttour 2011 includes two thematic halls – “Travel Latvia!” and “Discover the World!”, as well as the open-air Adventure Zone. All will surprise visitors with their specific contents and will allow visitors to focus on sought-after travel opportunities. Everyone will find something interesting and exciting since Balttour 2011 offers all new travel offers and opportunities in one place!

Travel services and tours on sale
"Buy here and right now – pay 2011’s best prices!" – this is the inviting motto of Balttour 2011’s participants and participating organisations. Balttour 2011 is a great opportunity for visitors to pay for airline or ferry tickets, tourism services, outbound tours or bookings at Latvian guesthouses, campsites or bathhouses very special prices that are available just once a year.

Latvia’s diversity in the "Travel Latvia!" hall
"Best enjoyed slowly!" – is the motto of the “Travel Latvia!” hall, offering exposure for all four of Latvia’s regions. Each region will present its tourism objects, traditions as well as regional cuisine and crafts.
The Jurmala city stand will present Jurmala as a beautiful coastal resort with many recreation activities for families with kids.
The Riga City Council will present their “enhancement of tourism potential of Grīziņkalns’s cultural and historic heritage” project, promoting the neighbourhood’s wooden architecture and offering comprehensive historical and visually attractive information on significant sightseeing locales.

Wide expanses of the world in the "Discover the World!" hall
A variety of outbound destinations will be presented not only in the national stands of different countries, but also in the stands of travel agencies and tour operators offering a wide variety of tours and recreation packages. Do not miss this offering of different hotels!

Air Baltic  will present brands, such as Baltic Miles, Baltic Taxi, Baltic Bike, as well as special flight fares for Balttour 2011 participants and visitors.

For the first time, Balttour will welcome participants from Kenya and Nepal. The Nepalese travel companies, by the way, have booked the biggest national stand – 150 m².

Balttour 2011 will also feature participants from the United Arab Emirates, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Israel, Russia, Cyprus, Malaysia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, Ukraine, Hungary, Uzbekistan and other countries. Moreover, after some time away, business people from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and St. Petersburg will return to join the trade fair.
The fair will offer seminars and presentations on tourism development and innovations for professionals and business people. Trade and business visitors from abroad will have an opportunity to meet and network with participants, Latvian business people and diplomatic staff, as well as with municipal officials and tourism state authorities.

Ski at the OpenAirMuseum!

A visit to the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is a great leisure activity for families throughout the year. Here, you can see many classic buildings, inhale fresh pine-tree air and learn about Latvian history.

If you like cross-country skiing, you can come to the LatvianEthnographicOpenAirMuseum and ski down several trails while enjoying snow-covered exhibits (buildings) and beautiful sights.

This year, the area has three routes (around 1 kilometer, 2 kilometers and 3 kilometers long) to choose from according to your needs. You can come to the museum with your equipment at any time. A ski rental outlet is also open on weekends and holidays at the main entrance from 10am to 5pm.

 

Estonia

The oldest international travel fair in the Baltic States - TOUREST - will be held in Tallinn on 18-20 February for the 20th time!

The first international travel trade fair in the Baltic countries after the restoration of their independence took place on November 1-3, 1991 in Tallinn. There were 82 exhibitors from 8 countries on 911 m2 of fair grounds. Until 2001, TOUREST was directed mainly at the professional visitors. After long and intense discussions, the organizers decided in 2003 to change the concept of the fair. The event that once took place in autumn was pushed into early spring and the fair's target group was now the travel-loving Estonian, the end-consumer. TOUREST also upgraded from a mere advertising event into a sales and entertainment event. A new addition was an interactive entertainment program that supported the advertising and sales activities of the exhibitors and lured visitors to the fair. Other additions included a children's hall and the specialist program, which have become integral parts of TOUREST. A completely new approach was the entry via free web invitations that were distributed by the exhibitors.

Since the concept was changed, the fair's slogan became “Holidays start here!” and the fair’s organizing team now includes, in addition to Estonian Fairs, also the Estonian Tourist Board. The two have created a joint stand to display Estonia's domestic tourism opportunities. Due to the number of exhibitors, this stand moved into a separate hall in 2008. The “Holidays in Estonia” hall, with its uniform design, helps the stand to better stand out and attract attention.

The 20th TOUREST has already amassed more than 400 exhibitors from 26 countries (Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates/Dubai, Ukraine and Estonia).

The official opening of the fair will take place on February 18th at 12.00.

Estonia joined the euro zone

On the 1st of January 2011, Estonia changed over to Euro, the single European currency. Estonia's entry to the Euro zone means that over 330 million Europeans now carry Euro notes and coins in their pockets.

The Baltic state of 1.3 million became the 17th Euro zone country at midnight on New Year’s evening and was the first former Soviet state to adopt the Euro, capping 20 years of integration with the West.

This video shows Estonia joining the Euro club on New Year’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivmWZGaTCMU

New museum opens its doors in Tallinn: KGB room at the 23d floor of Sokos Hotel Viru

What a great time for a museum opening, as Tallinn– the new European Capital of Culture – sets out to tell its tales!

The KGB room exists as a living and breathing museum, where colourful history goes hand in hand with modern times.The watchful eye of the KGB was a part of the Viru Hotel’s everyday life and they have kept the top floor closed to the public. This building, the city’s largest skyscraper and featuring balconies overlooking the city, the sea, and the OldTown, has remained closed as work as been done to modernize and renovate the lower floors of the hotel. The KGB room has been preserved as the comrade officers left in 1991. At the museum, professional guides will tell the stories of the hotel and the KGB’s part in them.

 

Lithuania

SMALL country - BIG love for basketball!

Lithuania – host nation of 2011 European Basketball Championship

The upcoming event will be the second time Lithuania has hosted EuroBasket, and the first since restoration of independence in 1990. After winning EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden, Lithuania decided to hold the competition in it’s own country. Basketball is like a second religion in Lithuania, making it an excellent location for the European Basketball Championship. Lithuania is looking forward an unforgettable celebration for basketball fans during the 2011 EuroBasket Championship.

"Lithuania is the smallest country to ever host a EuroBasket and we are more than happy with the positivity and love for basketball we have experienced here so far," commented FIBA Europe, President Olafur Rafnsson and Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

All preparations concerning both game venues and hotels are according to schedule. Panevezys and Siauliai, with their state-of-the-art arenas have existing hotels amplified to meet all requirements needed to accommodate the teams playing in the cities. In Kleipeda, the arena is progressing and will be ready by end of February. Finals will be staged in Kaunas with its new 15,000 seat arena.

 

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