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Starting the year of traveling in January has already become a tradition. This year, the international tourism, travel and active leisure exhibition “Adventur” marks its fifth anniversary. “The trends of food tourism have been growing throughout the world and also in Lithuania. Culinary experience for travellers has increasingly become the aim of traveling. However, tasting is not only flavours of local dishes; we also taste using ears, eyes and the heart. Impressions collected this way stir up the inner and outer limits of our personality, teach us openness” - Jurgita Kazlauskienė, Head of the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy, explained the invitation to taste the world and Lithuania. The exhibition will take place in Vilnius, in the exhibition and congress centre Litexpo on January 20-22.
Expropriation of the Lithuanian tourism trademark and its use for purposes discrediting the country is a reprehensible act and violation of intellectual property, and the State Tourism Department under the Ministry of Economy (hereinafter - SDT) strictly dissociates itself from anonymous “Lituania – imperfect perfection” page on Facebook.
Restaurants in Lithuania were classed as excellent by the “White Guide”, the leading restaurant guide in the Nordic countries. Among restaurants in the Baltic states that were rated for the first time, as many as six Lithuanian restaurants gained the highest ratings!
The State Department of Tourism has introduced new concept of Lithuania's new national tourism brand“Lithuania. Real is beautiful” – this slogan has been chosen as the main focus of state tourism marketing.
In the first quarter this year, organisations providing accommodation services in Lithuania received as many as 11 per cent more tourists compared to the same period last year. In the period from January to June, around 1.2 million tourists stayed in Lithuania. Lithuanians accounted for slightly less than half of them, namely, 46 per cent (548,000), meanwhile, foreigners accounted for 54 per cent (652,000) of all tourists coming to Lithuania. Most tourists arrived from Belarus (76,500), Germany (72,000) and Poland (70,000).
International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion.
The wonderful and always pulsating Old Town of Vilnius, which is well known for the multiplicity of new and traditional events, will invite Latvian residents to rediscover the neighbouring Lithuania. On February 5-7, at the international tourism exhibition Balttour 2016, which is held in Riga, Latvians will be invited to visit the Treetop Walking Path in Anykščiai, which was recognized as the world’s most innovative tourist attraction by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
The end of January marks is the time to plan your new journeys. Get Ready to Travel is the slogan of the international tourism, travel and active leisure exhibition Adventur which this year is inviting its loyal visitors to the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO in Vilnius for the fourth time. The highlight of this year's exhibition is city break.
The State Department of Tourism (hereinafter - SDT) has announced and awarded the most successful tourism projects of this year. It is a traditional event that has been organized for the twelfth consecutive year bringing together all tourism professionals that this year for the first time was held in Kaunas. On December 17, in the Town Hall of Kaunas the projects under eleven nominations received the awards. In addition, two persons for their special contributions to the field of tourism were awarded the Crosses of Tourism.
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.