Been there? Done that? Are you constantly looking for a new, undiscovered fresh destination for your events, but still affordable and not far away? Why not surprise your clients with a novel destination that will show them a side of Europe they've never seen?
Estonia - The hidden gem of Northern-Europe, is full of positive surprises and will definately exceed your guests´ expectations. In Estonia you have everything one needs, and more. In addition to great atmosphere and medieval surroundings, you will experience a high standard of service, welcoming people, excellent value for money, free WI-FI available just about everywhere,compact cities and no long transfers.
Tallinn is Estonia´s capital, and with a population of just over 430,000, it is by far the nation´s largest city. It offers the widest choice of accommodation, conference venues, activities and incentives. Because it´s home to the largest airport, Tallinn is also the easiest to reach for most international travellers.
It´s best known for its stunning Old Town, a Medieval neighbourhood of cobblestone lanes, gabled houses, Gothic churches and charming squares. The area, which is all neatly packed within a mostly-intact defensive wall, was built up from the 13th to 16th centuries and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its highlights include picturesque Town Hall Square, home to Gothic-era Town Hall and Europe´s oldest working pharmacy, and St. Olav´s Church, once the world´s tallest building.
Tartu, Estonia's other major conference town, has an equally timeless feel, while elsewhere in the country you can find castles, elegant German manor houses and romantic fishing villages. The country has 1,500 islands to explore as well as sandy beaches and rich wildlife.
Estonia´s can-do attitude makes setting up your event incredibly easy. Estonia is a part of Schengen visa zone and the euro is a local currency.
Financial Support Available for Large Conferences
Organisers of large, international conferences in Estonia may be eligible for cost reimbursements of 15,000 to 30,000 euros, thanks to the return of an EU-funded support scheme. The grant is available for non-profit events put together with the help of a local organising committee. Other criteria for grant eligibility are that the conference must be international, last at least three days, include a minimum of 500 overnight stays, involve a local or regional sightseeing element and help raise Estonia's profile as a travel destination.The funds can be used to cover a broad spectrum of conference-related expenses from organisation and marketing to opening and closing events. The budget for the current funding cycle, i.e. 2015 to 2020, is 300,000 euros per year.
Estonian Convention Bureau assistance
Anyone planning an event in Estonia will have the added bonus of assistance from the Estonian Convention Bureau. ECB helps to find the most suitable conference venues and hotel accommodation, assist in choosing local partners and acting as your first point of contact with Estonian suppliers.
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