The Estonian Convention Bureau kicked off 2017 by adding three high-profile members to its ranks, including two in the nation’s second-largest city, Tartu. The expansion brings the total number of ECB members to 31. The new Tartu members are the freshly-opened V Spa Hotel & Conference Centre and the long-established Dorpat Hotel & Conference Centre. Both joined the ECB in January, becoming the organisation’s first private-sector members in the university city.

V Spa, which began operation last December, is a 79-room luxury hotel offering five state-of-the-art conference halls that can be joined to create space for as many as 700 delegates. It boasts one of the Baltic states’ largest spa complexes. Dorpat, for its part, has been a focal point of Tartu’s conference scene for nearly a decade and can host receptions of up to 1,000. Like V Spa, Dorpat is located in the heart of the city’s commercial district.

The ECB’s new member in the capital is the Tallinn Creative Hub, a meeting and event venue built into a century-old power plant building that has been fully revamped and preserved – bricks, boilers and all. The resulting quirky industrial ambience has predictably made the hub a popular choice among organisers looking for an off-beat gathering spot. This year, the Tallinn Creative Hub will serve as the official meeting venue for the EU Council Presidency, which Estonia will take over on July 1.