The city of Tartu has planned 40 000 euros in the 2018 budget to support conferences organised in Tartu. For the first half of 2018, eight conferences got a support. The conference support scheme got effective since last year.
According to Kaia Lehtsaar, the Executive Manager of the Tartu Convention Bureau, the first application round of the conference support was very successful and she hopes that interest will be even higher in the future. This year, academic conferences were leading the application process but corporate conferences are also more than welcome to apply.
The main objective of supporting the conferences is to raise awareness of Tartu as a conference destination. This would also decrease the seasonality of the local tourism industry, increase the number of tourists and furthermore strengthen cooperation between the conference organisers and the tourism sector.
The funding is intended to support conferences that take place in Tartu for at least 2 days and which have at least 200 participants that are all accommodated in Tartu. The maximum support sum for one conference is 5000 euros and both private individuals as well as public institutions can apply for the funding. The applications go through the city of Tartu.