Baltic States tackle tourism at summit

An international two-day conference called “Influence of EU Expansion on the Development of Tourism in Europe” began in Vilnius on Wednesday. Presentations about new tourism trends in the expanding European Union are being considered by the delegation.

Financial support allocated by the European Commission for the development of tourism is also a focus as is the new project “European Portal,” and social, marine and rural tourism.

The conference is being held by the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of that Economy together with the World Tourism Organisation.

Each country will have an opportunity to present its tourism situation, including the advantages and disadvantages that emerged after joining the EU.

Francesco Ianniello, head of Tourism Department under the European Commission; Robert Franklin Obe, head of European Travel Commission; and Bernard Geyer, head of the Confederation of National Associations of Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes and Similar Establishments in the European Union and European Economic Area (HOTREC), will visit Vilnius in order to participate in the conference.


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Note from Kęstutis Dauk?ys, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania.

1-2 March, 2006


Dear All,

The expanded European Union with ten new Member States are changing life of the continent and the whole world. Together with economical changes, new tendencies in tourism sphere are also appreciated. Forecasts and discussions on the influence the accession of the new states has to Europe now and will have in future are becoming more and more relevant.

Therefore, it is not incidentally that one of the new states of the European Union Lithuania together with World Tourism Organization have decided to organize the International Conference Impact of European Union Enlargement on Tourism Development in Europe which will be held on 1-2 March, 2006 in Vilnius.

In the conference, the discourses will be presented by delegates of the European Commission, the World Tourism Organization, old and new member states of the Union, and other continents. The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism and other state institutions sponsoring this event believe that representatives of Lithuanian tourism business will gather again at the only International Trade Fair of Tourism, Sports and Leisure in Lithuania - VIVATTUR.

Not for the first year Lithuania in the context of international tourism is appreciated as an attractive touring region. Generous curative resources in resorts, unique ethno- culture and its representing events, beautiful landscapes of the protected territories, rapid expansion of countryside tourism sector, and better tourism infrastructure are attracting more and more guests from foreign countries to Lithuania.

It is gratifying that people of Lithuania are increasingly using possibilities to discover new countries, and representatives of Lithuanian tourism business are participating in international events and projects more positively. Lots of knowledge and significant experience, in the latter years, were gained in business missions abroad and in Lithuania, in international festivals and conferences, and in tourism exhibitions in foreign countries, where the resources of Lithuanian tourism also were represented. 

We kindly invite you to participate in the International Conference “Impact of European Union Enlargement on Tourism Development in Europe” on 1-2 March, 2006 and in the International Exhibition of Tourism, Sports and Leisure VIVATTUR on 3-5 March, 2006 in Vilnius.

Kęstutis Dauk?ys
Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

Alvitis Luko?evičius

Director of the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism at the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania