The Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia is known for its colorful nightlife and fun-loving people.
Photo by Ann Charles


See for yourself the folkloric costumes worn by the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, on a tour of the Baltic countries.
Photo by Ann Charles
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Map Shows 63 Places To Visit In The Baltic States

"Come and Explore the Baltics" is the message behind a colorful, eye-catching map of the "Baltic States" published by the Estonian Tourist Board, the Latvian Tourism Development Agency, and the Lithuanian State Department of Tourism. The map emphasizes Baroque Vilnius, Art Nouveau Riga, and Hanseatic Tallinn, while it suggests 63 places to visit in these countries. Palanga, a popular beach resort in Lithuania, with its famous amber museum, was among the sites listed. The university town of Tartu in Estonia, the Rundale palace in Riga, and the Trakai Castle and Trakai National Park in Lithuania, are some of the most popular tourist attractions. The map also gives tourists a crash course on the three Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Get To Know Gdansk - the Gateway To Poland

Gdansk, Poland, was the place where the BTC Conference and Workshop was held in April 2005. Gdansk, a Hanseatic town, is over 1,000 years old and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Poland. The invitation was extended by Vice President of the Baltic Sea Tourism Commission, Mayor of the City of Gdansk, President of the Polish Tourism Organization, President of the Gdansk International Fair, Orbis Travel Gdansk, and Pomeranian Regional Organization. The program focused attention on promoting the Baltic Sea Region in the USA with a workshop at the Gdansk Tourist Fair, as well as a presentation on hotels, conference facilities and restaurants. A tour of the Old Town of Gdansk was also included.

WTO Headline Predicted Tourism Growth Back In 1998

As far back as 1998, the WTO news, published by the World Tourism Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, ran this banner headline: "Baltic Sea Destinations Poised for Tourism Growth." According to the publication, "Baltic Sea tourism destinations are ideally positioned to benefit from the trends that will influence tourism growth in Europe in the 21st century." It was also pointed out that other advantages enjoyed by Baltic Sea destinations included safety and political stability. "Lack of overcrowding" was reported as the biggest competitive advantage over the other European cities and resorts.

Luxury Hotels Attract Visitors From North America

With the interest in luxury travel at an all time high, keep your eye on the luxury hotels in Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn. The Radisson SAS Astorija Hotel Vilnius is located in the heart of the Old Town, and is within walking distance of the main tourist attractions. Of interest to business people are the three conference and meeting rooms. The rooms have all the latest technology, and the rooms can accommodate 6 to 40 guests.



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