Travel marathon in Baltics

March 21, 2007 at 11:05 am | Posted in Estonia, fairs and events, Latvia, Lithuania, news, photo, travel | 13 Comments

You may ask “What this do with hotels?”. I`ll answer “This activity will bring more visitors to Baltic states, and part of them will stay overnight in hotels or will come back other year if they like the place and want to explore more of one of the Baltic states.”

What is travel marathon? It all started in 2006 first time in a history with “Latvian travel marathon”. Latvian national tourism organization (TAVA) chose 36 tourism objects in Latvia, made a map of them and made rules for participants: the more you visit, the more stamps you get on the map. When marathon ended in autumn, TAVA made award ceremony and best participants (with most stamps) got nice presents (from small gift cards to free hotel nights and trips). Each week TAVA organized event in one of the chosen tourism objects bringing journalists to them as well. At the end they counted almost 30 thousand participants.  

This year TAVA joins with Estonian and Lithuanian national tourism organizations in “Baltic travel marathon“. Each organization will choose 12 tourism objects (so 36 objects in total to visit). Those objects, who want to participate, can send in their applications till the end of March. Marathon begins on 1st May, ends on 1st November. Award ceremony will be translated on TV, presents for best travelers of course. Organizations plan to bring journalists from more than 20 mass media companies to these tourism objects, make  a map of Baltic states with information about these objects, give certificates to participants, make marathon information available in tourism information centres and make travel marathon`s web page.

Here are some picture from “Latvian travel marathon” [via TAVA]:

“Escape from Soviet Union”

Kaltene`s bird trail (near the sea)

Excursion to one of the bigest radio locators in Europe.  Meet the baroness.

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