Baltic Travel Marathon: Latvia

April 24, 2007 at 9:20 am | Posted in fairs and events, Latvia, list, travel | Leave a comment

Finally three Baltic states have chosen tourism objects, that will participate in the first Baltic travel marathon, that will start of 1st May.

Tourism objects from Latvia:

“Mežakaķis” adventure trails

Araisi lake fortress

Daugavpils fortress                                           Aglona Basilica

Additional information can be found No information about tourism objects from Lithuania and Estonia yet.

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Photos from MITT 2007

March 26, 2007 at 11:29 am | Posted in Estonia, Europe, fairs and events, Latvia, Lithuania, photo, Russia, travel | Leave a comment

MITT 2007 March 21.-25. in Moscow, Russia. Hotels from Baltics mostly participated by giving their information and marketing materials to their region, city or hotel industry`s representatives.

Fair took place in four exibition halls.

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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]:

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Photos from ITB 2007, part 2

March 13, 2007 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Europe, fairs and events, Germany, photo, travel | Leave a comment

Active travel. Russia stand.

In Germany stand… Asia welcomes spa lovers.

Bulgaria stand.

Sweden stand.  Dancers in Ethiopia stand.


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Photos from ITB 2007

March 8, 2007 at 12:11 pm | Posted in Europe, fairs and events, Germany, photo, travel | Leave a comment


ITB entrance. Latvia`s national avio company`s stand.


Switzerland`s stand.


Joint stand of three Baltic states.


India`s stand. India is partnering country in this year`s ITB.


Participating companies from Latvia.

ITB takes place in Berlin from 7th till 11th March.


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Photos from Vivattour 2007, Vilnius

March 5, 2007 at 11:10 am | Posted in fairs and events, Lithuania, news, travel | Leave a comment

Hot air balloonHotel Regina

Hot air balloon offer. Hotel Regina, Lithuania

Baltic lake land

Baltic lake land, Baltic states 


 Druskininkai resort, Lithuania


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Pictures from Tourest 2007

February 19, 2007 at 3:53 pm | Posted in Estonia, fairs and events | Leave a comment

I already wrote about travel trade fair in Estonia. And now here are some pictures from participating hotels etc. (via

Saaremaa SPA hotel – Estonia

Hotel Eiropa – Latvia

Tallink – by ferry to Estonia

Sixt – rent a car

Visit Estonia – official Estonia`s tourism organization

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Where to show off your hotel

February 15, 2007 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Europe, fairs and events, hotels, list, Russia | Leave a comment

I have already written about two travel trade fairs Balttour 2007 (Latvia)  and Tourest 2007 (Estonia), but there are more travel fairs to come all over the world. Here is the list of most of Europe travel trade fairs according to Exponet:

  • February 21 – 25: Reise/Camping 2007 (Essen, Germany)
  • February 22 – 25: BIT 2007 (Milano, Italy)
  • February 22 – 26: C-B-R 2007 (Munich, Germany)
  • February 23 – 25: Golf 2007 (Essen, Germany) – for golf hotels and resorts
  • March 2 – 4: Basler Ferienmesse 2007 (Basel, Germany)
  • March 2 – 4: Where Cultures Meet 2007 (Lodz, Poland)
  • March 7 – 11: ITB Berlin 2007 (Berlin, Germany) – world`s leading travel fair
  • March 13 – 14: British Travel Trade Fair (Birmingham, GB)
  • March 15 – 18: World Tourism and Travel Fair (Paris, France)
  • March 29 – April 1: Travel 2007 (Budapest, Hungary)
  • April 17 – 19: IMEX 2007 (Frankfurt, Germany) – for conference centres
  • April 20 – 22: Lato 2007 (Warsaw, Poland)
  • September 20 – 22: Hotel 2007 (Branska Bystrica, Slovenia)
  • October 4 – 5: ICI 2007 (Milano, Italy) – for conference centres
  • Otober 12 – 13: Travel Trade Italia 2007 (Rimini, Italy)
  • Ocotber 17 – 20: Tourism Expo 2007 (Sophia, Bulgaria)
  • October 19 – 22: Wellness World Exibition 2007 (Milano, Italy) – for SPA hotels and resorts
  • November 1 – 4: Philoxenia 2007 (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • November 12 – 15: World Travel Market 2007 (London, GB)

If I`ll be lucky, I go to ITB Berlin.

For those interested in travel fairs in Russia click here, for those interested in travel fairs in CIS, list is here. Te soonest fairs are Tourism.Leisure.Hotels 2007 (April 11 – 14, Kishinev, Moldova) and Baikaltour 2007 (February 28 – March 2, Irkutsk, Russia).

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Travel fair in Estonia

February 15, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Estonia, fairs and events | Leave a comment

February 16 – 18 Estonia`s travel trade fair Tourest 2007 is held in Tallinn. It`s not as big as Balttour (Latvia), but still worth visiting, especially because it`s organized in different way – there are going to be some destination presentations on main stage as well as games, auctions etc. Participants are from Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Lithuania, Namibia, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Indonesia, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, even two hotel groups from USA. More information here.

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Balttour 2007

February 10, 2007 at 10:23 am | Posted in fairs and events | Leave a comment

As Finland has Matka, Latvia has Balttour for 14th time, one of the biggest travel and tourism fairs in North Europe. Balttour 2007 takes place 9th – 11th February in Riga with more than 300 participating enterprises from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Turkey, Greece, Check Republik, Poland etc. Last year  fair enjoyed more than 18 000 visitors. This year shows new tendency – there are participants from Ukraina, Georgia, Croatia and Byelorussia. These markets are becomming more and more popular between travelers  from Baltic states. This year many Estonian resorts (spa hotels) have came to show Latvians and other what they have to offer. One resort I have to mention is newly opened (in last December) Grand Rose SPA hotel in Saremaa, Estonia. It`s exclusive and luxurious place, not as big as Baltic Beach Hotel in Jurmala, Latvia, but with the same beauty.


 Participants from Greece (up). Hostel beds (lovely idea).

From Latvia there were Baltic Beach Hotel, Hotel Jurmala Spa, Hotel Jelgava, Day&Night (first completely Latvian three star hotel chain, first hotel to be opened this year in Bauska), Hotel Laine and some other hostels and accomodations. Above and below You can see some photos from first day (for profesionals) of Balttour: Baltic Beach Hotel (top) and Hotel Jurmala Spa (bottom) showing off themselves. I shall say that these were some of the nicest hotel stands.

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