Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, Director of the State Department of Tourism in Lithuania, said the tourism marketing is rapidly evolving. In 2018, the country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its restoration.
Every year more than ten new hotels open their doors including such famous brands as Marriott or Hilton, every year the increasing number of cruise liners stop in Klaipėda seaport and for the first time our restaurants were included into authoritative restaurant guide White Guide. I guess the main reason for such growth is that we are really attractive and interesting to tourists and able to offer wide range of entertainment and leisure activities.
How is Lithuania marking its Centenary?
The biggest celebration took place on February 16, the day our independence was restored back in 1918. One more spectacular event will be held in 2018, a traditional Song and Dance festival dedicated to the Centennial. The event will take place from June 30 to July 6. If you have not visited Lithuania yet, 2018 is the best time to do so.
Tell us a little about Lithuania’s historic heritage
UNESCO heritage includes seven sites from Lithuania. The historic centre of Vilnius, is one of the easternmost cities in Central Europe, marked by a strong interaction between Eastern and Western cultures.
What are among Lithuania’s tourist highlights?
Tourists can enjoy Lithuania’s ‘pristine’ nature, a natural paradise with over 3,000 lakes, vast expanses of forests covering one third of the country, and dozens of well-preserved national and regional parks.
The country has about 30 observation towers and about 100 nature study trails in picturesque locations, for example: a Juniper Trail along the lagoon, or a tree top trail. Covering an area of 65,000 km2, Lithuania stands out with its population density, which is half of that of other European countries with this area; this gives abundant opportunities for a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Photo: Indrė Trakimaitė- Šeškuvienė, Director of the State Department, Tourism in Lithuania