The Lithuanian capital Vilnius is inviting meeting and event planners to explore the city’s venues online. With 3D models of meeting spaces, it is now possible to see what Vilnius has to offer and plan events from the home.
Go Vilnius, the city’s development agency, is digitalising the city’s most popular meeting and event venues, including hotels, universities, theatres, museums, and business centres suitable for association conferences and corporate meetings. The first digital versions are already available on the Go Vilnius website.
“The limitations caused by the global pandemic led us to create a tool that is crucial now, but will also remain extremely relevant long after the industry gets back to normal. At this point, 3D tours of the venues in Vilnius give organisers access to spaces that are temporarily inaccessible. This way they help venues generate better leads and increase bookings. However, once site visits get back to business-as-usual, the tool will bring more efficiency to the entire meeting planning process,” says Inga Romanovskiene, Director of Go Vilnius.
The virtual venue models are available to explore as 3D spaces where visitors can take a walk and inspect every detail of the venue, or they can get an overall view of the space in the form of a floor plan. The tool also allows users to take measurements of the spaces.
Gerhard Erasmus, the CEO of Apex Alliance Hotel Management, already sees the value in the digitalisation of Vilnius venues:
“Such innovative tools that ensure a smooth user experience during sales strengthen the competitive advantage of our hotels in the international market. In the near future, the venue digitalisation process will gain even more momentum, so it is now very important to be one step ahead.”
Vilnius has been quick to implement digital solutions, which reinforces its position as one of the fastest growing technology hubs in Europe.
Meeting and event planners can take 3D venue tours at www.govilnius.lt/meet-in-vilnius/venue-finder. The first examples of 3D spaces include:
- Artis Centrum Hotels
- Comfort Hotel LT – Rock’n’Roll Vilnius
- Courtyard Vilnius City Center
- Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre
- Holiday Inn Vilnius
- Ibis Vilnius Centre
- Novotel Vilnius Centre
- Panorama Hotel
- MO museum
Baltic neighbour Latvia’s government, 3 June, ruled that travellers from most European countries will no longer have to observe a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days after arriving.
The rules are effective immediately and are based on epidemiological data, applying to countries where the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is below 15 per 100,000 inhabitants through the past two weeks.
Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said the change means the so-called Baltic travel bubble will be extended to most of Europe. “This is very good news for our economy,” he said.
The rules currently apply to Estonia and Lithuania as well as Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Romania, France, Finland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, Cyprus, Greece, Iceland, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia and Liechtenstein.
Travellers from Sweden, the UK, Portugal, Malta, Belgium, Ireland and Spain will still have to observe a period of self-isolation.
Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said the self-isolation rules will be brought up to date every Friday.