As international travel is still restricted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Vilnius decided to bring the world to Lithuania. Throughout the summer, the colours, aromas and sounds of one of the world cultures are going to create a unique experience for local tourists. The slogan of the event says that ‘vacation abroad is now offered in Vilnius’.
Lithuanians will gain knowledge of foreign lands by just visiting their capital. The Italian weekend has already swept through Vilnius, and the cultures of India, US, France, Spain, Germany and Japan are next on the list.
“Once again we take creative way to sustain the tourism during the global COVID-19 pandemic,” said Remigijus Šimašius, the mayor of Vilnius. “It is important to open the world experience to people who miss travel. That’s why we started this project. We want to provide positive emotions, such as the joy of travel and discovery of new cultures, in a healthy and safe environment.”
“Businesses not only create unique special programmes and events for our project, but also adjust their prices, making the services more affordable to local tourists,” said Inga Romanovskienė, director of the official tourism agency of the city, Go Vilnius. She pointed out the success of the Italian weekend, which attracted hundreds of visitors to Vilnius. The presentation of Vespa scooters and the Venetian-carnival-themed performance in the artistic neighborhood of Užupis were the most popular highlights of the weekend.
On 19-21 June, Vilnius will invite with an Indian-themed weekend, with the US-themed and French weekends following in July.