Vilnius is for sure an attractive destination for MICE and is becoming even more popular – due to many reasons. These are, among others, the geographic location (Vilnius lies at the crossroads of East and West, being the geographical centre of Europe), the compactness as the main meeting facilities, hotels, restaurants and important city‘s sights are within easy reach, the professional attitude of the Lithuanians, the good value for money, the safety and the first class meeting facilities.
As Vilnius successively fascinates the meetings industry and the whole international business community likewise, the city’s infrastructure is developing enormously. On the one hand, there will be a great number of new world-class hotels opening in the course of the next years. On the other hand, two major city constructions showcase the positive trend – the Vilnius Congress Centre and the Modern Art Centre, slated to open at the beginning of 2018 and 2019 respectively.
The Vilnius Congress Centre will be set up on the banks of the Neris River opposite the Vilnius Cathedral and the UNESCO heritage old town and will consist of 18,880 sq. m. It will serve as a central point for different kinds of events and it undoubtedly helps to strengthen the city’s status as a professional meeting and incentive destination.
The Modern Art Centre, designed by the Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind, will be also built not far away from the Vilnius Old Town. There will be a considerable exhibition space as well as a multifunctional event hall and a rooftop terrace. With 3,000 sq. m. of total floor space, the Modern Art Centre will function as both an important Lithuanian cultural institute and a versatile events venue. Construction is set to begin in 2017.
There are many other venues that can’t be more versatile. You can organise your events for example almost 200 metres in the air, on the large grounds of an outdoor sculpture park or inside the reconstructed palace of the Grand Dukes. Whatever the wishes of the planners are, Vilnius offers the right solutions.
Necessary to mention: the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, the place where CONVENE takes place. With 4,000 m² it is one of the largest exhibition and congress centres in the Baltic region. It consists of 9 conference and meetings hall with the largest multifunctional hall having 1,800 seats.
Further, there are historical houses such as the Palaces of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and the Vilnius Town Hall, as well as museums like the contemporary Art Centre, Museum of Applied Art and Vilnius Picture Gallery. It is also possible to organise events in the theatres and concert halls, e.g. the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Vilnius Congress Concert Hall and the Siemens Arena. And many others like the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences or Vilnius Aiport.
As mentioned, part of the city’s development is the opening of a great number of new world-class hotels. More about it in the next article.
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