Kongres Magazine has released it lists of the Best Meeting Destinations of 2018 and both Tallinn and Vilnius are featured in the top ten in the L category, which includes destinations that can host up to 2,000 congress attendees. The magazine’s editorial board has been presenting fresh and interesting meeting destinations to international meeting planners since 2010. This year, the board ranked Tallinn second (up from fifth last year) and Vilnius is ranked ninth.
Kongres Magazine had the following to say about the respective cities:
“In terms of congress needs, Tallinn is probably the most picturesque and diverse of the Baltic triplets. The city has gone through many historical changes, right through from the medieval salesmen and knights of the Teutonic order, to the protestant reformation, Swedish and Russian imperialism, turbulences of both World Wars and then to the Soviet Union, before finally independence and the flourishing of its IT-industry and capitalism. All of these events today create a special culture that is the basis for development of a congress industry not lagging behind the competitive destinations. The congress industry is going through a real boom and Tallinn, with this year’s EU presidency, certainly deserves a strong round of applause. Tourism is a branch of the economy that develops fast. According to the Tallinn 2025 strategic plan, the capital of Estonia could become a centre of festival and event tourism in the Baltic Sea Region.”
“Over the last few years Vilnius learned diligently, polished its offer and was preparing for its entry into the international congress scene. In their favour they have the charm of the city, which is cosmopolitan, urban, very European and full of hidden surprises. It’s a city where socialist modernist architecture coexists with the Baroque centre, and unlike some other Eastern European congress destinations, this makes it very attractive. By joining the EU the city has become a credible partner of the international meetings industry, making it one of the new, undiscovered convention destinations that appeals because of its freshness. For all three Baltic Congress Tigers – Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn – we predict a sunny congress future.”