As part of ongoing efforts to broaden its appeal as an exotic, alternative holiday destination, Latvia is seeking to attract Malaysian tourists to visit what has been described as Europe’s “hidden treasure”.
It may be named as simply another section of the European continent but Eastern Europe holds a unique history and an appeal all its own for travelers from the United States. Plagued by conflict and with its people heavily oppressed for much of its history and until as few as 20 years ago in some regions, Eastern Europe in 2012 is a beautiful place of humble and hearty people amidst some of the most breathtaking backdrops, from cityscapes to country roads, in the world.
Do something a little different; climb an ice mountain in Reykjavic, learn belly dancing in Latvia or even get lost in the salt mines of Krakow!
The breathtaking snow-capped mountains of Sigulda in Latvia aren’t the most obvious destination for snow sports lovers, yet anyone looking for an alternative to the Alps and the Pyranees could do worse than check out what is one of Europe’s fastest growing ski resorts of the moment.
Argophilia Travel News has come to a decision on its favorite Eastern European cities to welcome 2012.
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If romance is what you want for your winter holiday, you’re in luck: Eastern Europe isn’t short of romantic getaways, as long as you know where to look.
A festival of music, art and local cuisine, Zemlika will be the main draw next weekend, with two days (October 28 and 29) of live performances by international and local acts and musicians, art and music workshops, free seminars and open lectures, film screenings, free theatre, cuisine and other events.
Troubled Latvian airline, airBaltic, is in the news accusing Finnair’s Estravel of attacking the carrier. airBaltic is all in the news with both positive, negative, and conflicting news of late. With staggering losses so far this year, can the Latvian carrier weather such a storm?
The Riga Ethnographic Open Air Museum, celebrates in a five days cultural event, Latvia’s most beloved holiday, Ligo!, in an effort to restore the ancient Midsummer tradition to its authentic meaning.
Russia and Latvia presidents discussed the possibility of establishing a visa-free regime for the citizens of the two countries. So far, only an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of tourism has been signed.
The Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum invites visitors who stop by on December 19th between 12:00 and 21:00 to celebrate an early Christmas, with folk group performances, acting workshops, and a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
Ryanair apparently knows something other airlines do not. With traffic to and from destinations like Lithuania growing exponentially, Ryanair’s overall strategy to help grow tourism seems to be paying off. Lithuania as an emerging economy has pretty much the same strategy with perhaps the lowest corporate tax rate in Europe. For travelers all this news spells “deal” basically.