Tallinn Continues Supporting International Conferences in 2024 with €275,000 Budget

The vibrant city of Tallinn is set to continue its unwavering commitment to fostering international conferences in 2024, building upon the success of its initiative launched last year. With a dedicated budget of 275,000 euros, Tallinn is poised to support 28 international conferences, creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and fostering cross-border collaborations.

Deputy Mayor Joosep Vimm highlighted the significance of international conferences in elevating Tallinn’s reputation as a thriving tourism destination. He emphasized, “Our cafes and restaurants are highly valued for their quality. Conference tourists significantly contribute to the hospitality, restaurant, and retail sectors. International events allow first-time guests to get inspired by Tallinn and often lead them to return with friends and family. We are increasingly focusing on off-season events to help level the seasonality in the tourism sector.”

In 2024, Tallinn’s conference support will extend to gatherings initiated by universities, research institutions, professional organizations, hobbyist groups, and other non-governmental organizations. These conferences serve as platforms for in-depth discussions within their respective fields and the exchange of innovative ideas. It’s important to note that meetings of employees, clients, partners of a single company, educational trips, trainings, competitions, fairs, regular meetings, info days, exhibitions, festivals, or hackathons do not qualify for this support. The expected attendance for these supported conferences is approximately 7,000 foreign delegates.

Eligible conferences must take place between October 1 and April 30 and span at least two consecutive days, with a minimum of four hours of content each day. To be eligible, conferences must include delegates from at least two countries, with a minimum of 75 foreign delegates for events in January, February, and March, and at least 120 for those in April, October, November, and December. Tallinn encourages conference organizers to prioritize sustainability and eco-friendly practices in their event planning.

Tallinn has consistently ranked high in the sustainability index for Eastern European destinations, solidifying its reputation as a leader in responsible tourism. Deputy Mayor Joosep Vimm added, “Our local businesses’ ability to offer sustainable venues, accommodation, and catering options makes Tallinn more attractive to organizations that support sustainability, which in turn helps the city learn and develop in this area.”

As part of the commitment to sustainability, conference organizers are urged to integrate eco-friendly practices into their event planning. Tallinn provides comprehensive guidelines and awareness-raising efforts for event organizers, including web information and seminars. Events like Latitude59 and Impact Day have been recognized for their eco-friendly guidelines.

The support provided for each conference is subject to evaluation based on three criteria: the number of foreign delegates, the duration of the conference program, and the month of the conference. Tallinn will cover up to 60% of the eligible expenses incurred by the applicants, with a maximum grant of up to 30,000 euros.

For detailed information on the grant provision process and eligibility criteria, interested parties are encouraged to contact Tallinn Convention Bureau.

Tallinn remains steadfast in its commitment to fostering international collaboration and knowledge sharing, welcoming conferences that enrich its cultural landscape and strengthen its position as a global destination.

Riine Tiigi

Marketing Manager