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Balttour 2015 FORUM – important event for tourism professionals held in Riga!

"Balttour 2015 FORUM", an introductory event of the Baltics’s major travel trade fair "Balttour 2015" will be held at Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga, Latvia, on February 5. With the participation of Latvian recognized tourism industry experts and European experts! The forum will bring together renowned tourism professionals from Latvia and experts from European countries.

"Balttour 2015 FORUM" is a unique event in the Baltics tourism industry. Opening the travel season, it has great potential for tourism professionals to exchange experience and knowledge, to develop existing and establish new and productive business contacts and conclude deals. The forum this year is divided into two parts – a seminar programme covering conceptual issues and the "Meet the Trade" workshop.

To inspire professionals to new developments, business improvement and development, "Balttour 2015 FORUM" seminar programme covers a number of important fields of the tourism industry:
• "Challenges Faced by Hoteliers and Opportunities for the Coming Years" conducted by Marco Nussbaum, the co-founder and CEO of Prizeotel chain of hotels, who is an expert in hotel business! The participants of discussion will include representatives from Lithuanian and Estonian hotel and restaurant associations - Kestutis Kazlauskas and Raigo Triik;
• "MICE Development Trends in Europe and in the Baltics" conducted by Rob Davidson, the leading specialist in this field in Europe, director of MICE Knowledge, researcher and consultant;
• "IATA Future Vision and Forecasts of Tourism Development in Europe and in the World" conducted by Raimonds Gruntiņš, Area Manager for Nordic & Baltic Countries at IATA, Managing Director, IATA Agency Services Scandinavia;
• "The role of Riga International Airport in the Development of Tourism Sector in Latvia" conducted by Andris Liepiņš, Chairman of the Board, Riga International Airport;
• "Creating and Promoting a Consistent Image of Latvia: Where Are We?" conducted by Marina Pānkova, Secretary General of the Association of Latvian Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ALTA) with the participation of the developers of Latvia’s image from governmental authorities, educational institutions and businesses;
• "The Competitiveness of Latvian Medical Tourism in Europe" about innovations, educational opportunities, quality of service and statistical significance with the participation of Iveta Kravale, Project Manager of Health and Medical Tourism Services, Sustainable Tourism Cluster of Latvia, Director of Meeting Tour Travel & SPA Consultants, and Māris Rēvalds, Chairman of the Board, "Veselības centrs 4" and others.

Full programme is available in the "Balttour 2015 Forum" website:

Registration for seminars still open!
Many conference centres, event organizers, local hotels and restaurants, health and spa centres and other tourism-related companies have already registered their participation in the forum. We invite incoming and outgoing tour operators, tourist information centres and local experts, airlines and transport companies, hotels, country houses, amusement parks, sanatoriums, clinics, venues and conference centres, as well as the academic staff of educational institutions offering study programmes in tourism and journalists. Register online:

Meet the Trade
The workshop "Meet the Trade 2015" will offer presentations of destinations and will be followed by B2B matchmaking. The foreign incoming tourism companies will meet with Latvian outgoing tourism companies to establish or renovate already existing contacts. New products and destinations will presented by airBaltic, Greek National Tourism Organisation a number of Norwegian, Estonian, Egyptian, the United States, Mexican and Croatian companies.
Registration for "Meet the Trade" is still open! You can apply by writing to

"Balttour 2015" Travel Trade Fair
On 6, 7 and 8 February "Balttour FORUM 2015" participants can expect rich in impressions events – the official opening ceremony of the 22nd International Travel Trade Fair "Balttour 2015", reception, visits to the exhibition and other events.

The Forum is held by the organisers of the International Travel Trade Fair "Balttour 2015" – the Association of Latvian Travel Agents and Tour Operators (ALTA) and the International Exhibition Company BT 1 in collaboration with the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (LTDA).

Partners: "Live Riga", the Association of Hotel and Restaurant of Latvia, "B2B Baltic Travel", "HealthCare Travel", "Baltic Travel Group", Latvian Sustainable Tourism Cluster, "airBaltic", "Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel Riga", "" and the Russian Union of Travel Industry, Baltic Department. Registration system by "Estravel Latvia".

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