11th baltic sea tourism forum 2018

14-15 November 2018
in Riga/Latvia

BSTF: 10th anniversary from 2-3 November 2017 in Turku / Finland

For the 10th time in a row, the Baltic Sea Tourism Forum convenes tourism stakeholders from around the Baltic Sea. Let’s celebrate the 10 year anniversary on November 2-3, 2017 in Turku.

The anniversary Forum will be dedicated to ‘The Future of Baltic Sea Tourism’ as the principal theme. Visit Turku and the City of Turku, the Regional Council of Southwest Finland, Visit Finland and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will host the conference, in close cooperation with the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board and Policy Area Tourism of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea region as constant organisers of the Forum. In addition, a tighter cooperation with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Council of the Baltic Sea States is envisaged.

As usual the 10th BSTF will provide you with a mix of policy issues and several practical approaches for peer learning and exchange. Keynotes regarding trends in tourism and the future of Destination Marketing Organisations will be complemented by case-studies, good practices and seminars, which will provide room for sharing ideas and knowledge across the BSR.

Special focus will be given to future and trend topics like digitalization, tourism funding, education and transnational cooperation. Moreover, in the light of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sustainability will become an integrated part of the entire forum. The Baltic Sea Tourism Forum continues its commitment to both strengthening tourism for a sustainable development and promoting a sustainable tourism in the Baltic Sea region. 

In addition, the forum will again offer the possibility for projects to showcase their pioneering ideas of transnational and cross-border initiatives with a view to boost the visibility of existing sustainable approaches of international cooperation. The Tourism Networking Village and a session for project pitching will offer further opportunities to increase awareness in the respective fields of sustainable cooperation among countries and regions.

The cultural programme of the 10th anniversary will provide pleasurable space for exchange combined with unique experiences for guests and participants of the Forum. The “Renaissance Banquet” in Turku castle and a guided tour through the Finnish history on the banks of Aurajoki River will deliver insights into the distant and more recent past of the city of Turku in an exceptional atmosphere and surrounding.