Vidzeme seaside stands out with picturesque landscapes and a large variety of nature objects. There are high sand dunes and sandstone cliffs, as well as a stony beach and the peculiar randu or seaside meadows. You will cross several unique nature territories – Seaside Nature Park, Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, the most beautiful rivers in Latvia and districts with their own unique cultural heritage. Vidzeme offers a great atmosphere for both those, who are fond of popular recreation sites, and those looking for remote beaches or fishermen villages. Everyone taking the exciting cycling tour will find an accommodation and places to eat in one of the cosy guest houses, hotels or camping sites.
Smiltene Region Tourism Information Centre, in cooperation with the local entrepreneurs have prepared the Region's guide for 2013. This year the emphasis has been placed on countryside tourism and the offers of craftsmen.
The Guide includes information about the new tourism objects, as well as the new offers in the existing objects. The expected sports, culture and tourism event dates have also been published. In the new Guide you will fing three-day routes with a possibility to explore Smiltene Region, as well as useful information about accommodation and catering in the Region.
The 20th International Travel Trade Fair “Balttour 2013”, 8–10 February at Kipsala International Exhibition Centre in Riga, Latvia, invites everyone to see and enjoy the new season’s hottest and most cost-effective travel opportunities and deals in Latvia, the Baltic States and around the world.
From December 6.-7.th in Burgas, Bulgaria the 3rd CHARTS seminar on Effective Partnerships took place with an exmpahsis on partnership between tourism destinations and culture sectors.
On December 11, 2012 in guest house "Laimes Ligzda" near Cēsis, Vidzeme Tourism Association celebrated its 15th anniversary. The event was attended by VTAs' members - entrepreneurs, municipalities, Vidzeme University College, representatives from Tourism Development State Agency, the founders of VTA and others, who had contributed to the development of VTA throughout history.
Vidzeme Tourism Association was founded as a public organisation in 1997. The main aim of Vidzeme Tourism Association is to bring together people, governmental institutions and businesses working in tourism sector in order to collectively advertise and promote Vidzeme region, as well as to allocate financial resources from the state for tourism development. As of August 2012 Vidzemes Tourism Association has about 100 members, both, local municipalities (27, as of Dec. 2012), private entrepreneurs and educational institutions of Vidzeme.
On November 27, during VTAs' Board meeting the membership of Vidzeme Tourism Association in the European Cultural Tourism Network was approved. The future cooperation will strengthen Vidzeme as a culture destination in Europe, and also promote the implementation of culture projects in the future. The membership comes as no surprise, as the CHARTS project that VTA is currently impelementing, is stressing the necessity for effective partnerships, and Vidzeme tourism industry will definately benefit from the membership through various contacts and participation in future projects.