Adventur 2017, the only international exhibition of tourism and travel in Lithuania, is at its fifth edition next January. [Read more…]
For interested visitors to Lithuania, a new tourist attraction opened in Vilnius last month, designed to give British tourists the opportunity to visit the places used for filming the new series from BBC. The series War and Peace used many locations in Lithuania to film the award winning episodes, and now tourists get to visit the locations.
Following in the footsteps of Game of Thrones, BBC’s War and Peace has sparked a tourism boost for the beautiful locales featured in the show. The War and Peace series is being filmed in Lithuania, with six episodes thus far, but audiences in Great Britain showed great interest in the series, which was viewed by 6.3 million people at the premier of the first episode in January. The Tourism Department’s director Jurgita Kazlauskiene told the Baltic Times:
“This is the first time we’re using cinema to promote tourism. Film tourism is a new and highly promising tourism niche, which is well used in many countries. We feel a great interest of tourists and hope that the State Tourism Department’s initiative will give start to film tourism in Lithuania.”
On the new attractions, the Tourism Department of Vilnius has designed three English speaking tours for the series War and Peace, on foot in Vilnius, per bicycle through Vilnius, and Lithuania via automobile. The officials from Tourism have said that the show based on Tolstoy’s works have magnified the British touristic interest in Lithuania. The BBC series is directed by Tom Harper, and feature Gediminas Castle, the Vilnius University, Vilnius’ Old Town, Traku Voke, and many more locations and buildings.
Air Lituanica wants to become Vilnius Airport’s most punctual air carrier. The airline has announced a guaranteed on-time arrival program that offers free flights to passengers whose flights are late.
The guarantee service, within within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time, is part of a program to better Lituanica’s already excellent on-time arrival performace form the mid 80% range to more than 93%. Air Lituanica Director of Commerce Simonas Bartkus told reporters he hopes his airline has set itself an even more ambitious goal – to become the most punctual air carrier in Lithuania.
“Our promise to passengers is the most convenient way to travel to and from Vilnius, whereas flight punctuality is one of the key performance indicators describing travel convenience.”
Since 31 August, Air Lituanica has been operating flights in cooperation with the Britain’s most punctual airline, bmi regional. That association, and other Air Lituanica initiatives, have improved the airline’s flight punctuality significantly.
Air Lituanica flies from Vilnius Airport to Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich, Paris, Tallinn, and Billund. The carrier also has operated seasonal flights to tGothenburg and Malmö in Sweden.
According to the news, the Russian brand is probably intent on transforming the manor into a spa. Representatives of Natura Siberica have been looking for the right location in Saaremaa for a hotel that takes advantageof ecologically grown and harvested pure plants. Company’s owner Andrei Trubnikov told Baltic Business News:
“We believe that with the help of the historic Tõlluste manor house we will be able to create a new successful brand in Estonia. We plan to open a spa and hotel not only for business purposes, but also to promote the ecological purity and beauty offered by the Estonian wildlife and Saaremaa in particular.”
Andrey Trubnikov founded Natura Siberica back in 2009 in Moscow. His business concept goes back much farther though, back to the 1940s in Siberia. Two Russian botanists named Lazarev and Brekhram studied 4,000 plants indigenous to Siberia. The extracts of these plants were used to create beauty elixirs for the Russian royal family.
The price for the manor was not disclosed.
With Eurovision 2014 right around the corner Lithuania feels they’re about due. The Baltic nation’s 27 year old singing sensation Vilija Mataciunaite hopes she can bring it home with her song Attention.
The first Eurovision Song Contest 2014 semi-final is set to take place on Tuesday 6 May, followed by the second on Thursday 8 May. Winners there will move the the Grand Finale on May 10. Here’s Attention, a song some say hasn’t a chance. What do you think?
The Vilnius Tourism Information Centre recently announced that a new campaign aiming to promote interesting discoveries about Lithuania was launched on five important social media networks: Facebook, Google+, Vkontakte, Twitter and Youtube. The campaign called Like’able Lithuania will last one year, and, at its end, Summer 2014, Lithuania will unveil the biggest Facebook inspired “Like” sculpture in the world.
“Here, you will be able to get to know interesting places, facts, announcements, and make unexpected discoveries – the things you may like in Lithuania. Besides, everyone, after joining the campaign, will become a partaker of the largest sculpture in the world LIKE,” Vilnius Tourism Information Centre says in a press release.
The fist part of the campaign involves choosing the city where that immense sculpture will be erected. People can choose between Vilnius, Kaunas (leader of the moment), Palanga or Druskininkai. Social media users are invited to select their favorite city, invite friends to vote, and share photos.
The vote is open until the end of the year, when the city with the highest number of votes will be declared winner and will host the sculpture.
This is yet another campaign aiming to involve citizens to promote a city or country and its amazing places. The official site has an English version (with some Lithuanian content on it!), and there are also Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus versions to engage potential visitors.
Editor’s note: This article was amended to show the Lithuania initiative actually does include English versions of the popular social media elements.
Yesterday one of Vilnius’ most popular dining experiences, Dinner in the Sky reopened so that guests can get a panorama of the city while enjoying beakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vilnius’ Mayor, Artūras Zuokas hosted a group of special youngsters 50 meters above Vilnius’ Town Hall. The events will take place in between May 28th until June 1st 2013.
This article via the Lithuania Tribune tells of the all new sky restaurant’s first guests, kids who might not have otherwise ever experienced such a place. Underprivileged and disabled youths accompanied the mayor of the city at the opening.
Named by Forbes “one of the world’s most extravagant meals,” the restaurant has had guests in the past from royalty to the world’s most rich and famous. For an idea of what your Dinner in the Sky meal may consist of here’s the menu straight from the website.
Dinner in the Sky® – with the Chef of the day
• Time in the sky 60 minutes
• The menu includes four course meal prepared and served by the chef of the day personally.
• Drinks include and aperitif, wine and a digestive
• During the dinners, in the evening session, the chef of the day personally join the guests at the height of 50 meters to serve and talk about his food and menu. This exclusive atmosphere with extraordinary food and face-to-face contact with exceptional chefs will leave an everlasting impression on everyone.
For more information about Dinner in the Sky readers may also contact the Lithuania contacts at: email@example.com
Organizers of the World Lithuanian Economic Forum (WLEF), Global Lithuanian Leaders and the Lithuanian Business Confederation, recently chastised ex-pat Lithuanian business people for having forgotten the way back home. This story in the Lithuania Tribune reveals a Lithuania set on garnering all its human and other resources to attract interest and investment in the Baltic country.
Set for June 3rd in Vilnius, the WLEF will be a forum for some of Lithuania’s and the world’s most forward thinkers to table key Eastern European macro-economic trends, topics for growth and best practices in using regional and global leadership for the good of Lithuania and the region.
Among the panelists scheduled to lead discussion are; Peter Boyd – Carbon War Room CEO (Australia), James Oates, Ciocero Invest (Estonia),
Ilja Laurs, GetJar CEO (USA), John Mack, President CIE Automotive (China), Jurgita Žilinskienė, Today Translations Founder (UK), Francisco Ricardo Blagevitch, President, Founder at Asyst International (Brasil, Sao Paulo), and many other critical decision makers.
Among the celebrity thinkers, architect extraordinary Massimiliano Fuksas told the Lithania Tribune:
“It is a great honour to be part of this Forum, and I am very happy I will have a chance to come back to my homeland on this great occasion.”
For his part, Fuksas is world renown not only for his design and architectural genius, but for helping solve some of society’s biggest urban problems. Fuksas is a visiting professor at a score of universities, as well as the arch angel of the ideology “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”, propositioned at the 7th International Architecture Exhibition. It is people like Fuksas that will set the tone for ongoing discussions on the future path of Lithuanian and Baltic states’ futures. Obviously the tone of the ex-pat message is designed to wrangle more key Lithuanians into the discussion too.
For more information on the coming forum, readers should visit the prescribed links or contact the forum organizers directly at:
GLL | Global Lithuanian Leaders
M. + 370 687 55886
Earlier this week Lithuanian Ambassodor to the UK Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė met with David Curtis-Brignell of the Tourism Society there to discuss joint tourism promotion between the nations. With Lithuania being at the forefront where Presidency of the EU Council is concerned later this year, it’s apparent many European nations will want to re-discover Lithuania.
Lithuania, almost at the exact center of Europe geographically, is also a cultural center and resort destination of some repute as well. Aside the historic value visitors will find places such as the health destinations; Palanga, Smiltyne, and many others. And the so-called ‘Amber Route’ of traveler interest, is a legendary discovery most outside the Baltic states have seldom heard of. This report via the Baltic Course tells more of the Ambassador’s visit to the UK.
In other international moves by Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaitė took part in an inaugural meeting of the American-Lithuanian Business Council, the first such organization to promote business between the two nations. Vilnius and Lithuania as a whole show an ever increasing role where businesses migrating to the EU are concerned. From security and bio-metrics to new logistics and other infrastructure firms, Lithuania’s business climate and location are two key factors driving not only tourism, but growth in other sectors there too.
Starting next Monday the city of Vilnius will host the International ContemporaryDance Festival “Naujasis Baltijosšokis” (New Baltic Dance). Scheduled to run form 6 – 12 May, the festival will be a multi-venue event will also feature a contemporary video dance competition.
The schedule of events for this festival will be spread across several venues in Vilnius including; the Lithuanian National Drama, Lithuanian National DramaTheatre, Arts Printing House,and Contemporary Art Centre there. Performances by artists from around the world will begin with Junior Ballet du Conservatoire de Paris (France) at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, and end with Kill the Victor (15’) Choreographer Amos Ben-Tal (Israel/Netherlands) at the Arts Printing House on the final day.
For more information those interested should visit the links provided above, or Dance.lt for more news. Here is the official schedule of events and venues via PDF. Below is the Vimeo video of Gone to Get Milk, a Lithuanian physical theater master work choreographed by Ieva Kuniskis.
Yesterday in Kaunas, LIthuania the start of the Kaunas Photo Jubilee began starting this year’s season with a festive creative note. The tenth in the series, the event will feature hundreds of photos from as many photographers around the world.
The subjects covered obviously canvas the spectrum from students, childhood, ideas, places, old age, and many uplifting subjects and motifs. Ordinary people are the focus of an exhibition of exquisite photographs. Scheduled to run from April 11 to 14, the event is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the city of Kaunas, and a large number of local and national businesses including; the National Art Museum, Gallery of Art Park, Vytautas Magnus University, and many others.
Among the wonderful photos this year the one above from Lithuanian photographer Jonas Petronis, as you can see, an artistic treatment of B & W that tells on our comedic nature in real life situations. The image below from the exhibits of Hungarian photographer Szabolcs Barakonyi, reflects perfectly the symbiotic aspects of everyday people and life.
For those who do not know, Kaunas is the second largest city in Lithuania. For readers interested in visiting the jubilee or in learning more about the photographers and the event, we suggest following the links to the website. You may also want to contact the organizers directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The official website gives detailed travel advice for reaching Kaunas from Vilnius and international ports of call. A little over and hour by train from Vilnius, the city also has many other fascinating attractions for your to enjoy during your visit. You can learn more about this historic city via the municipality’s official website in English here.
According to the news from Lithuania’s biggest airport, Vilnius International served some 2 million plus passengers in September, a record number according to previous totals. As for growth, the number indicated upwards of a 41 percent increase year on year.
Vilnius is currently a hub for connecting some 36 destinations and 29 cities, as well as 18 airlines.