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Travel destination Vilnius, Lithuania

Once a part of the Eastern bloc, Lithuania is the southernmost and biggest of the Baltic States.

Since Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004, Vilnius, the capital, has experienced a youthful renaissance. It’s a city on the move, full of tech start-ups, warehouse-style music venues and art festivals. But the city’s claim to fame is its 13th century Old Town, where Medieval streets snake beside fairytale-like churches, and underground beer halls are famous for selling the cheapest beer Europe.

 

 

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CONVENE 2019: YEAR-AFTER-YEAR CONSISTENCY AND QUALITY

The seventh edition of CONVENE featured an impressive mix of Hosted Buyers from over 30 countries, as well as Exhibitors and Specialist Suppliers representing different parts of the Baltic Sea Region. As a boutique event, the focus of CONVENE remained on quality, and all signs pointed to that ambition being successfully delivered.

A noticeable concentration of this year’s 165 Hosted Buyers were representing the UK market, which bodes particularly well for Vilnius, since LOT Polish Airlines recently announced it will be launching a direct route between Lithuania’s capital and London City Airport this May, making both cities much more accessible to business travellers. Hosted Buyer agendas were packed over the course of the two-day exhibition, with plenty of opportunities to meet with the 80 Exhibitors representing Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia and Belarus.

In addition to putting forth a comprehensive Education Programme touching on the industry’s hottest topics and latest trends, organisers also brought back CONVENE’s Professional Academy, a three-hour workshop dedicated to preparing suppliers for their meetings with Hosted Buyers throughout the show. The academy, which took place a day before the exhibition, had one session focused on the evolution of association sector meetings and another on growing business in the UK.

 

Inga Romanovskienė, Director of Go Vilnius, the city’s official development agency and umbrella organisation to the Vilnius Convention Bureau, was thrilled to welcome meeting industry professionals back to an event that has proved to be of great value to the entire region, saying, “When it comes to the meetings and events industry, the Baltic Sea Region is ripe for significant growth, with meeting planners from across Europe and the globe continuing to show interest in many of its destinations. And for our part, CONVENE is able to strategically position Vilnius as a regional leader and give people the opportunity to experience what the city has to offer first-hand.”

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, CONVENE is an annual business marketplace that provides non-stop networking opportunities for meeting professionals. The two-day event gathers Baltic Sea meeting and events industry suppliers and buyers from across Europe and the world together under one roof and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Source: https://www.convene.lt

Vilnius Historic Centre, Lithuania – Silvija Travel Tips

As the political centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 13th to the end of the 18th century, Vilnius has had a profound influence on the cultural and architectural development of much of eastern Europe. The historic centre includes buildings in the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical styles which have been well preserved over time. It is also home to one of the greatest love stories in Baltic history.

At the height of its power in the 15th century, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania was the largest country in Europe. Appropriately, its capital of Vilnius became a city of grandeur and harmony. The architecture of the historic centre left the deepest and most impressive mark as the city flourished during the peaceful period of the late 17th and 18th centuries.

Vilnius is an excellent example of a European city that grew with influences from multiple cultures, religions, and languages—and has been well preserved. In turn, it also influenced the cultural and architectural development of much of Eastern Europe.

For visitors and locals alike, one of the most important vehicles for discovery here—and throughout the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth—is the royal love story between the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, Žygimantas Augustas, and Barbora.

The Old Town of Vilnius follows the medieval layout and it’s easy to walk the streets and see the stunning collection of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical buildings. Up on a grassy hill near the river, visit Gediminas tower- a reminder of the first castle built here in the 15th century. On the ground below are royal palace buildings and the cathedral where Lithuania’s beloved Grand Duchess Barbara Radziwill was buried. If you are looking to visit Vilnius’ more alternative side, you can take a tour through the self-proclaimed ‘Republic’ of Užupis – the city’s Bohemian and artistic district. In the warmer months , festivals, music, art and theatre fill the streets, theatres and galleries of Vilnius.

Source:  visitworldheritage.com

Vilnius City Council approved the introduction of the Tourist Tax – Silvija Travel Tips

The Vilnius City Council approved the introduction of the so-called tourist tax by the majority of its votes (15 December 2017). Calculations have been made that having introduced this tax, the budget of the capital city should increase by about 2 million euros per year starting from 2019, while the collected funds would be allocated to increase international competitiveness of the city and to improve tourism infrastructure.

A tax of one euro will be introduced as from 1 July 2018. Considering the dynamics of the growth of the number of tourists in Vilnius, the plan is to have the tourist tax contribute an additional EUR 2.28 million to the budget of Vilnius in 2019.

Tourist tax funds are planned to be used to develop tourism infrastructure in Vilnius and to attract tourists to the city. The Council approved specific areas of use of the toll: to increase the awareness of the city, to improve international accessibility of the city (for example, flight development programme), to promote conference tourism and to increase touristic appeal of Vilnius.

According to Inga Romanovskienė, the Head of Vilnius Tourism and Business Development Agency “Go Vilnius”, considering the growing interest in the city of Vilnius and the continuously increasing number of business and recreational tourists, the need for active and consistent international tourism marketing in the city, which would help to effectively expand flight routes and improve the Vilnius city tourism infrastructure thus promoting the international competitiveness of Vilnius, has been increasing.

“The tourist tax will allow the city to implement significant projects enhancing the competitiveness of the city in the region, increasing the attractiveness of Vilnius and improving the tourism infrastructure as well as the emergence of new direct flights to Vilnius”, – said I. Romanovskienė.

Such practice is already used in many European and five Lithuanian cities. A tourist tax is collected in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome and many other cities in 17 European countries. In some cities this tax is up to EUR 7. In Lithuania, the tax for lodging in hotels is currently collected in five cities: Druskininkai (EUR 1), Palanga (EUR 1), Birštonas (EUR 1), Trakai (EUR 1) and Kaunas (EUR 0.5, which will be EUR 1 as from 2019)). Tallinn is currently considering a similar tax.

The Vilnius City Council agreed with the calculation of the tax on the number of overnight stays in the city. The proposed tax amount per person for a single night stay is EUR 1 as from July of 2018. In the first year, tourist groups ordering at least 10 rooms will be exempted from the tax; benefits will also apply to patients, children under the age of 18 and older students, the disabled and those who plan to stay in Vilnius for a month or longer.

The local tax is calculated on the number of overnight stays of the accommodation service recipient. In the six months of this year, almost 0.5 million tourists stayed in Vilnius accommodation establishments, spending almost 930 000 nights in the city.

Based on the dynamics of growth of the number of tourists in Vilnius in 2013-2016 and the trends of increase of the number of nights spent in Vilnius, the plan is to have about 1.27 million tourists, who will spend 2.28 million nights in 2019. According to expectations, having introduced a tourist tax of 1 EUR per night, about EUR 2.28 million will be collected in 2019.

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