From April 4 to 6, professional event planners from 9 countries around Europe took part this year’s ‘Meet Estonia’ fam trip in Tallinn, a gathering designed to give them a taste of what the country has to offer as meetings destination. Organised by the Estonian Tourist Board in cooperation with the Estonian Convention Bureau, the annual event offered its 29 guests the chance to experience the historic wonders of Tallinn first-hand, as well as visit nearby nature areas, take part in site networking events and site inspections, and meet top local suppliers.
The three-day programme kicked off with an opening reception at the 600-year-old Tallinn Town Hall, followed by a theatrical, torchlight walking tour through the cobblestone streets of Tallinn’s Old Town. Over the next couple of days participants visited popular event sites such as the Seaplane Harbour, the House of Blackheads and the Tallinn Creative Culture Hub – the main venue for the events to be held during the Estonian presidency of EU from July 2017 onwards.
In addition to checking out other top conference hotels and attractions – and of course sampling some top-notch local cuisine – the participants were able to tap into their creative sides thanks to a crash course in sculpture making at a workshop directed by none other than Tauno Kangro, Estonia’s best-known master of the discipline, and a leather workshop led by artist Stella Soomlais.
Some of the participants extended their stays in Estonia with a post tour in beautiful Lahemaa National Park. The add-on programme included a bogshoe walk along the Viru Bog Nature Trail, an overnight stay at the luxurious Vihula Manor, spa treatments, a bicycle tour, a mojito-making workshop as well as cooking dinner with the main chef of the manor.
A handful of other participants were treated to a post-tour of Tartu, the nation’s off-beat university town. Their tour of the ‘city of good thoughts’ included visits to key sites of Tartu University, the new Estonian National Museum and the elaborate AHHAA Science Centre.