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Estonia

Tallinn and Estonia

One of Europe’s emerging and most dynamic conference destinations, Estonia rarely fails to impress delegates with its combination of centuries-old charm and amazingly modern, high-quality facilities. First-time visitors are sure to be surprised by Estonia’s medieval ambience and captivated by the beauty of its rugged coastlines and pristine natural environment. Furthermore, visitors are sure to be impressed by the dramatic transformation the country has undergone over the last couple decades, not only catching up with Western neighbours, but even pulling ahead of them in providing high-tech conveniences.

Tallinn, the capital and largest city in Estonia, is located in Northern Europe in the north-eastern part of the Baltic Sea region. It is considered to be Estonia’s crown jewel, boasting cobbled streets and rejuvenated 14th-century dwellings. Dozens upon dozens of cafés and restaurants provide rich, welcoming atmospheres for unwinding after exploring historic churches, scenic ruins, art galleries and boutiques. Like most cities with an eight-hundred-year-old past, Tallinn is a patchwork of historic areas. The city’s pride and joy is without a doubt its Medieval Old Town, boasting impressive monuments including Tallinn Town Hall (the only gothic style town hall left in Northern Europe), several Medieval Churches, and the various towers and gates of the historic city fortification.

Delegates will have little trouble reaching Tallinn thanks to quick, direct flights from all major European cities. Once here, travellers will immediately appreciate Estonia’s advantage as a ’boutique destination’, one where its small size makes travel times conveniently short. Just as importantly, the city itself is small enough to navigate by foot. Nearly all event venues, sights and restaurants are concentrated within the compact city centre, eliminating the need for taxis or bus rides. What’s more, most major hotels are within five minutes’ walk of one another, making it easy to accommodate larger groups.

As much as it values its rich history, Estonia is one of the most technologically-minded countries in Europe, with free wireless internet coverage available practically everywhere. Digital systems, from online reservations to AV equipment, are state-of-the-art. Likewise, Tallinn’s major hotels are all either newly built or newly renovated, making them as modern and high-quality as they come. These high standards ensure that delegates will be well cared for and that meetings will come off without a hitch.

Why Estonia - main advantages:

  • Tallinn is a new host destination for your event
  • Excellent value for money: international standard hotels at very good rates; most hotels recently built or renovated
  • Compact – hotels and venues within walking distance in the city centre, transfers hardly needed
  • Unique event venues
  • Technically advanced, free wireless internet connection in every hotel room and at all venues
  • Safe – EU, Schengen and NATO member country, low crime rate
  • English, Russian and Finnish are widely spoken
  • Top Baltic Country in ICCA conference destination listings
  • Estonia is in the Euro zone as of January 2011