The Estonian Tourist Board at Enterprise Estonia is organizing on September 17-20, 2013, the largest contact event in the Baltics, Baltic Connecting, bringing 100 tour operators from across Europe to Estonia. They shall be met by 62 sellers of tourism products from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, informs LETA.
"Although Baltic Connecting is being organized for the fifth time already, this is the first time that we have the honor to welcome guests of this major event to Estonia," said Martin Hirvoja, Member of the Management Board of Enterprise Estonia. "The tourism sector is doing well right now – the number of tourists visiting Estonia has grown for the fourth year in a row. We have achieved this largely thanks to good tour operators in Estonia and abroad who have helped tourists reach Estonia. Events like Baltic Connecting help Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania to make their way together onto the product lists of European as well as Ukrainian and Russian tour operators," added Hirvoja.
Tour operators who are already selling Baltic tourism products and those who plan to start selling in the Baltics have been invited to the event. Sixty-two tourism professionals from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have come to the contact meeting at Swissotel to sell their products. Hotels, restaurants, sights, and tourism objects are represented.
A two-day study trip shall follow the contact day, either in Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia, depending on the guest's wishes. In Estonia there are two programs to choose from: Tallinn-Lahemaa or Tallinn-Saaremaa.
The Estonian Tourist Board is organizing Baltic Connecting in cooperation with the Latvian Tourism Development Agency and the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism, with support for the event from the Cohesion Fund.