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Baltic Nature Tourism conference: Policies - Products - Practices

Baltic Nature Tourism conference will take place in Riga, March 21 - 24, 2011. More information about event can find here.



International rural tourism workshop

Workshop presentations we have put in the conference web site, photo gallery available here. See the pictures from the Eurogites GA and study tour in the gallery.

Current projects

Please follow the link to the current projects here


Environment and tourism expert: results of  tender 

Lauku ceļotājs announces the results of the tender for the services of environmental expert for the project "Sustainable use and management of nature resources in the Natura2000 teritorries- popular and potential tourism destinations in Latvia"

Date of the decision: 04.03.2009
Decision published: 05.03.2009

Expert: Odd Inge Vistad
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Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism

Tender - environment and tourism expert

Within the framework of project "Sustainable use and management of nature resources in the Natura2000 teritorries- popular and potential tourism destinations in Latvia" we are looking for experts. 

The expected involvement and key tasks of Norwegian experts are the following:
  • field visits to the project area in LV to assess situation and provide recommendations for tourism development plans, based on experience in Norway
  • organise experience exchange programme in Norway for environment and tourism specialists from Latvia
  • participate in the Baltic conference in Riga on nature protection and tourism

If You are interested to involve, please send us CV and daily rate till 03.03.2009 to e-mail lauku@celotajs.lv. For any questions please contact Antra Damberga +371 67617600.

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Supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism

Rural tourism to become sustainable

Sustainability criteria are integrated into our rural tourism quality scheme in 2006 with the purpose to encourage rural tourism providers adopt the principles of sustainability in their business operations, and to prevent rural tourism from becoming a mass product.
It  was done within the AGORA project, creating a sustainable tourism development network in the Baltic sea region (full project information in the project web site  http://www.agora-tourism.net/) where we are implementing the pilot project “Sustainability through common rural tourism quality  aspects”.

Project leaflet

Project presentation (EN)

Review on sustainable tourism development in Latvia (LV)

Sustainable rural tourist accommodation criteria (EN) (added to the rural tourism quality scheme)

User's manual of the web based rural tourism quality assessment tool (LV)

Sustainable rural tourism operation test (EN)

Pilot project - summary of activities and results by 01.12.2006. (EN)







Project is part financed by the  European Union



Baltic rural tourism marketing strategy developed

In July 2004, the common Baltic rural tourism marketing strategy for the years 2004-2010 has been completed. Marketing activities of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian rural tourism associations have been analized, as well as new marketing goals and strategies have beed defined in the document. The document is available:
  • from the office of Latvian Rural Tourism Association "Lauku ceļotājs" in Riga, Kuģu iela 11.
  • in PDF (charge EUR 10,- by CC or bank transfer)

Contents of the strategy