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Tuesday, November 5
 

14:00 EET

On the Windswept Coast Sits the Blossoming City of Liepāja
**This FAM trip includes a flight that will depart from the Riga Airport.**

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

In less than an hour, airBaltic will deliver you to Liepāja - Latvia’s third-largest city in a prime location on the Baltic Sea coast. After a relaxing night at the 5* Promenade Hotel, enjoy breakfast with a view over the city’s historical shipping canal. On a tour of the city, you’ll get to see highlights of its Art Nouveau and wooden building collection, and get a glimpse of Peter’s Market – a popular shopping spot since 1910. Boost your energy levels with a coffee break at a beach café. The city’s skyline was recently enhanced with the addition of the Great Amber Concert Hall. The bright orange gem hosts world-famous artists and ensures a steady program of events throughout the year. Explore the building on an insiders’ tour! Inspired by their beautiful surroundings, the sea, the wind, and a jampacked cultural agenda, residents of Liepāja keep developing the city to make it an even more pleasant place to live and visit. One recent initiative is Romas Dārzs (Roman Garden) art gallery with its adjacent Art Hotel Roma breathing new life into a stylish 19th-century building and courtyard. After a busy day of exploring, you’ll convene for a meal at the trendy MO restaurant serving contemporary international cuisine.

IMPORTANT: You must apply at the link above and receive an acceptance email in order to attend this FAM trip.

Tuesday November 5, 2019 14:00 - Thursday November 7, 2019 15:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
 
Wednesday, November 6
 

09:00 EET

An Introduction to the Delights of Gauja National Park
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On day one you’ll hit the outdoors for some invigorating hikes along a few of Latvia’s favourite nature trails near the rivers Gauja and Amata, known for the sandstone cliffs lining their shores, and waters made for boating in spring and summer. Here, you’ll really get to feel the luxury of being alone in the wilderness. After a day of stretching your legs in the great outdoors, relax in the hot, hot heat of a traditional Latvian sauna at Dikļi Manor. A skilled sauna master will guide you through the ancient tradition of cleansing your body and soul. On day two you'll explore Sigulda, which is easily reached from Riga by train or bus making it a great add-on to Riga city breaks. Sigulda sits on the shores of the River Gauja, which you’ll cross by cable car for striking views. To get the most of your day trip, you’ll continue the journey on e-bikes, which will let you see all the top sites from the 13th century castle to the brand new and super trendy Jāņa Tirgus (Jānis Market) with street food kiosks and local produce shops. There’ll be many highlights throughout the day but shooting down the bobsleigh track is a certain contender for “most adrenaline-packed adventure”. You’ll also get to try your hand at some arts and crafts, and wander around Latvia’s most visited museum – Turaida Museum Reserve. End the day on a high note with a wine tasting in the beautiful surroundings of Krimulda Manor. You’ll be travelling by private minivan.

IMPORTANT: You must apply at the link above and receive an acceptance email in order to attend this FAM trip.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 09:00 - Thursday November 7, 2019 19:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Cēsis: A Strong Contender for the European Capital of Culture
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Galleries in former industrial spaces, coffee shops and artisanal bakeries reviving old retail spaces. Creative quarters and co-working spaces popping up in previously abandoned locations. The last few years in Cēsis have seen independent businesses flourish and breathe new life into old buildings. Such creative communities call for rich cultural programmes. Cēsis has its very own purpose-built concert venue as well as an annual art festival and many other initiatives. As well as being a popular choice for culture lovers, Cēsis has won a name for itself among foodies with two of its restaurants boasting Hansa Culinary Diplomas. On the tour, you’ll experience how Latvia is advancing in line with 21st century trends, yet managing to retain its historical charm and maintain an eclectic mix of architecture from medieval castles to charming wooden architecture and cobblestone streets, which Cēsis is particularly known for.

IMPORTANT: You must apply at the link above and receive an acceptance email in order to attend this FAM trip.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 09:00 - Thursday November 7, 2019 19:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

From Industrial Hotspot to Visitor Attraction – Reinventing Small Town Latvia
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How does one repurpose a former factory to suit the needs of a demanding contemporary community? Learn from some of the best creative minds who’ve been tapping into their town’s industrial heritage to transform it into one of Latvia’s prime travel destinations among locals and international visitors. Where some people see the demise of local industry, others see potential for tourism and culture. Explore an area, which was once a bustling factory town with purpose-built housing and a community centre. While the factories have closed and some buildings still await their reawakening, the town has become a popular place for young families and people who appreciate the proximity of nature trails, cycle routes, swimming and skiing spots. This is a beautiful area with luscious green forests and sandstone cliffs lining the shores of the local rivers. On a different note, the town of Līgatne is also home to what was once a Soviet secret. The underground bunker would have served the elites in the case of nuclear warfare! You’ll be travelling by bus.

IMPORTANT: You must apply at the link above and receive an acceptance email in order to attend this FAM trip.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 09:00 - Thursday November 7, 2019 19:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

South Latvia’s Castles and Manors – Fit for a Queen
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Experience the life of an ancient aristocrat! This tour will lead you on a fancy journey through history via the castles and manor estates of South Latvia. A world where gilded ballrooms, manicured gardens, Instagrammable floors and windows abound. See the different approaches to maintaining this part of Latvia’s heritage. Some of the grand old buildings function as museums while others have been given a new lease of life as hotels and event venues. They provide a fabulous setting for photo shoots, weddings and other celebrations. You’ll dine at a manor house restaurant and be offered a range of interactive activities during the trip, not to mention the innumerous photo ops. You’ll be travelling by bus.

IMPORTANT: You must apply at the link above and receive an acceptance email in order to attend this FAM trip.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 09:00 - Thursday November 7, 2019 19:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Latvia’s “Wine Country”
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Latvia’s wine region was once known for the northernmost vineyard in the world. Today, winemakers are experimenting with grape varieties but producing most wines from locally grown fruit. Ever tried rhubarb or raspberry wine? This could be your first chance! More unusual flavours include birch sap and pumpkin. Inspired by the traditions of wine producers in France, California and elsewhere, Latvia’s entrepreneurial spirits are opening their wineries to visitors and setting up dedicated tasting rooms in beautiful locations such as manor estates, riverside farms and historical cellars. Enjoy west Latvia’s wine route and meet the local wine-making community! The tour will also take in the romantic town of Kuldīga with its winding cobbled streets, cute wooden buildings and an incredible red brick bridge spanning the River Venta and facing the widest waterfall in Europe. You’ll be travelling by bus.

IMPORTANT: You must apply at the link above and receive an acceptance email in order to attend this FAM trip.

Wednesday November 6, 2019 09:00 - Thursday November 7, 2019 21:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
 
Thursday, November 7
 

10:00 EET

A Classic Riga City Tour
Discover the beauty of Riga on a classic walking tour. The Historic Centre of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll soon see why. Venture through the old town with its collection of buildings dating back to the medieval times, prosperous 19th century and other significant periods. One of the most-photographed buildings in Riga is the House of Black Heads. The tour will stop right outside. Later, head along the elegant boulevards to the so-called Quiet Centre with the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Keep gazing up as you’ll be surprised by all the intricate facades and sculptures peering down at you! The tour will include a fair few hidden gems and Insta-worthy moments.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00 - 13:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

15:00 EET

Riga Art Scene Tour
Visit major museums and independent galleries to get an understanding of Riga’s buzzing and growing art scene! One British newspaper called Riga “the Baltic Berlin,” but the city definitely has its own, independent vibe. You’ll see the iconic Latvian National Museum of Art, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, an initiative of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, the ISSP Gallery of Photography, and more. You will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Latvian National Opera, the building for which has a unique and complex history that dates back to 1863.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Thursday November 7, 2019 15:00 - 17:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

17:00 EET

Wanderful Happy Hour
In Riga before WITS weekend? Get an early start to WITS with a Wanderful happy hour! Meet other attendees, speakers, and locals before we kick off the weekend. Cash bar. Partners and spouses welcome.

Thursday November 7, 2019 17:00 - 19:00 EET
Lobby Bar, Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

18:00 EET

Riga Through a Beer Glass
Latvia’s craft beer revolution inspired a number of breweries and bars to join forces and found the Riga Beer District, based loosely around three historical brewery buildings in the vicinity of the popular Miera Iela (Peace Street) area of town. A guided walking tour of the Beer District involves taste tests at every stop, as well as meeting some of the folks behind Latvia’s best brews. It’s perfect for both beer beginners hoping to develop a taste for the tipple, as well as seasoned connoisseurs looking to try limited edition brews (which you can’t get your hands on elsewhere!).

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Thursday November 7, 2019 18:00 - 20:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
 
Friday, November 8
 

09:00 EET

Into the Wild, Wild Latvian Boglands We Go
The tour will take you to a natural bog, which is quick to reach from Riga and makes for the perfect day trip for nature lovers. Throughout the world, bogs are drained for peat extraction. In Latvia, many have been protected to ensure a long future for this beautiful and fascinating ecosystem. Wooden boardwalks provide safe and dry access to small areas of the vast boglands which dot the country. They’ve become popular hiking and photography spots.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Friday November 8, 2019 09:00 - 15:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Step Back in Time Into a World of Manor Estates
For such a small country, Latvia has an impressive collection of grand old manor estates. Nowadays, many have been given a new lease of life by investors and enthusiasts who see their huge potential. The dazzling buildings house some of Latvia’s finest hotels and restaurants, art residencies and museums. You’ll get a glimpse of what goes on behind some of the pristine facades and historical solid wood doors. This tour is perfect for anyone with an interest in architecture and history.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Friday November 8, 2019 09:00 - 18:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:00 EET

A Classic Riga City Tour
Discover the beauty of Riga on a classic walking tour. The Historic Centre of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll soon see why. Venture through the old town with its collection of buildings dating back to the medieval times, prosperous 19th century and other significant periods. One of the most-photographed buildings in Riga is the House of Black Heads. The tour will stop right outside. Later, head along the elegant boulevards to the so-called Quiet Centre with the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Keep gazing up as you’ll be surprised by all the intricate facades and sculptures peering down at you! The tour will include a fair few hidden gems and Insta-worthy moments.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Friday November 8, 2019 10:00 - 13:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

12:00 EET

Riga Foodie Tour
Who stocks the finest selection of pickles? Which stall sells the tastiest homemade cheese? Find out on tour with one of Latvia’s best chefs who’ll show you where many top restaurants source their ingredients and locals buy their daily sustenance from rye bread to charcuterie and gravlax. You’ll explore both the outdoor area of Riga Central Market and the indoor food halls, which are housed in repurposed zeppelin hangars. Nowadays, one of the halls has been transformed into a street food court serving pho, tempura, pizza and other international favourites. After the tour, you’ll convene for a cooking workshop. Make sure to have an appetite!

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Friday November 8, 2019 12:00 - 15:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

12:00 EET

Registration Open
Check in, get your name badge, and ask any questions you have about the conference. Our volunteers will be available most of the day to assist you!

Friday November 8, 2019 12:00 - 16:00 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

16:00 EET

Presenters, Sponsors, Volunteers, & Staff Only: All-Hands Meeting
This is an important meeting for all conference speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff. We’ll go over the flow of the summit, answer any questions you have, and get ready for an amazing WITS! If you aren’t able to make this meeting, please reach out to your liaison (Marissa for speakers; Ana for sponsors/exhibitors; and Sara, Erin, or Ariel for volunteers) so they can brief you on what you need to know.

Friday November 8, 2019 16:00 - 17:00 EET
TBD

17:00 EET

VIPs & Presenters Only: Reception
Speakers and VIPs, this one's for you! You'll receive a special invitation to our VIP event. Speak to Ariel, Marissa, or Ana if you have any questions.

Friday November 8, 2019 17:00 - 19:00 EET
Offsite

19:00 EET

RIGA IS ART – Opening Evening, presented by LIVE RIGA
Let's get WITS Riga started with our opening party, presented by our hosts, LIVE RIGA!

Riga is a work of art in many forms – in its architecture, design, streets, new innovations and ideas, and cuisine. LIVE Riga invites you to see art as an inspiration to discover Riga and its values.

Join us at the Latvian Railway History Museum, right next to the National Library of Latvia, for an evening of private access to exhibits and activities. Enjoy delicious food presented by one of the best chefs in the city and a welcome drink on us.

Buses to the Latvian Railway History Museum will depart from the Radisson Blu at 18:45, 19:15, and 19:45. Buses back to the hotel from the museum will depart at 21:15, 21:45, and 22:15.

Sponsors
avatar for Riga Tourism Development Bureau (LIVE Rīga)

Riga Tourism Development Bureau (LIVE Rīga)

The Riga Tourism Development Bureau encourages tourism in Riga and promotes the city abroad by means of a special city brand, LIVE RIGA. The RTDB works to craft advertising and publicity campaigns in foreign target markets, organise visits by foreign journalists and tourism operators... Read More →



Friday November 8, 2019 19:00 - 22:00 EET
Latvian Railway History Museum Uzvaras bulvāris 2a, Zemgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1048, Latvia
 
Saturday, November 9
 

07:30 EET

Breakfast at the Radisson Blu Latvija
Join other WITS attendees for breakfast! Those staying at our conference hotel, the Radisson Blu Latvija, enjoy a breakfast buffet as part of their room package.

Saturday November 9, 2019 07:30 - 08:30 EET
Restaurant Esplanāde Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

08:30 EET

Registration Open
Check in, get your name badge, and ask any questions you have about the conference. Our volunteers will be available most of the day to assist you!

Saturday November 9, 2019 08:30 - 14:00 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

08:30 EET

Store Open
Buy a book, sign up for a class, snag some swag, and see what other opportunities our presenters have to offer.

Saturday November 9, 2019 08:30 - 14:00 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Opening Session
Welcome to WITS! Join us for our opening session, where our founder and CEO Beth Santos will guide us through what we can expect throughout the weekend, help us break the ice so we can network at our best, and get us excited for the rest of the conference. We'll also hear from local blogger Alina Andrusaite, Anna Blaua from our host destination LIVE RIGA, and others who will welcome us to our first European event.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Blaua

Anna Blaua

Riga Tourism Development Bureau (LIVE Riga)
Anna Blaua is a PR specialist who has worked as an Account Executive with the Riga Tourism Development Bureau (LIVE Riga) for seven years. Her workday consists of communicating regularly with international media, organizing tourism and gastronomy events, and coordinating campaigns... Read More →
avatar for Beth Santos

Beth Santos

Wanderful / Women in Travel Summit
Beth is Founder and CEO of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit. The idea for a robust community of women travelers came to her while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. Now, she is a thought leader on women's trav... Read More →
avatar for Alina Andrusaite

Alina Andrusaite

Reverie Chaser
With a career spanning 12 years in the medical device industry, a leadership position in a leading multinational corporation and 2 Master’s degrees in business and finance, Alina’s path to travel journalism is definitely not conventional. The energetic force behind English and... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 09:00 - 10:30 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:30 EET

Achieving Success on a Global Scale: Pitching Brands For Products, Payments, and Press Trips
One of the best ways to grow our blogs and turn them into businesses is to create our own opportunities. But what do we do when paying for influencer marketing is taboo for many companies and brands? This industry is competitive, particularly in Europe, and creating our own destiny is sometimes the only way to succeed. If you're struggling when it comes to strategically pitching brands here and abroad, or you feel like you need help navigating cross-cultural brand relationships, this session is for you. We’ll examine the nuances of working with companies both local and across the globe, and outline best practices for pitching – from finding the right contact and determining the best time to reach out to skillfully asking for payment. Whether you're a micro-influencer or have tens-of-thousands of followers, you’ll come away ready to create your own destiny.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsty Leanne

Kirsty Leanne

Plus Size Travel Too
Kirsty Leanne is a Plus Size Travel Blogger from the West Midlands, UK. With a successful travel blog and five years of experience behind her, Kirsty has become a spokesperson when it comes to pitching brands as a micro-influencer.
avatar for Pola Henderson

Pola Henderson

Jetting Around
Pola Henderson is a travel writer, city explorer, and founder of the blog Jetting Around. She's been featured as a writer or travel expert on CNN, MasterCard, Expedia, NPR, WBEZ Chicago, and more. Traveling has been a part of her life since she was three. Pola grew up in Krakow, lived... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:30 EET

Memory, Memoir, and Mapping out Your Book
Want to write a memoir? Let’s get it started. Through workshopping and discussion, in this session you’ll learn how to find the story behind your collection of memories – the plot, themes, characters, and key moments that will shape your book and engage readers. Life experiences are only part of a great memoir; it’s what we say about those experiences that truly makes them shine. You’ll leave this session with step-by-step instructions for finding the story, your story, and a clear path for moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Janelle Hanchett

Janelle Hanchett

Renegade Mothering
Janelle Hanchett created the blog “Renegade Mothering” in 2011, inviting readers to join her in “the fight against helpful parenting advice.” Attracting an audience of hundreds of thousands, Janelle writes irreverently about the humorous and darker sides of motherhood. Her... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EET
Alfa, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:30 EET

The Ethics of Sponsored Content
Accepting "free" goods or services in exchange for blog posts raises certain ethical questions for bloggers. Do we owe more to the sponsor or to our readers? We would all likely answer that our readers come first. Or would we? We soften negative reviews, or don't write them at all. We write about the good, and leave out the bad. We minimize our negative experiences in order to make our sponsored reviews look impartial. In this session, we'll take a look at this ethical issue and its implications, and discuss how to address it.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Heller

Rachel Heller

Rachel's Ruminations
Rachel is a blogger and teacher-trainer living in Groningen, the Netherlands. Raised in the US and educated at Yale, she met her Dutch husband when she served in the Peace Corps in Malawi. With two grown kids, they have entered the “empty nest” phase of their lives, leaving more... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
  Media

11:30 EET

Networking & Coffee Break
Take a breather, meet our exhibitors, and mix and mingle with future friends and partners.

Saturday November 9, 2019 11:30 - 12:00 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

12:00 EET

Legal Issues That Could Hiccup Your Content Creation, and How to Avoid Them
With the controversial additions to EU's copyright law, content creators need to understand what new pitfalls could occur as they create and share their content and grow their businesses in Europe and abroad. This presentation will review current copyright, trademark, and privacy issues and discuss what the EU's new Article 13 means for content creators now and in the future. Creators will leave with information, insights, and tools to help better protect their brands and businesses.

Speakers
avatar for Kristina Liburd

Kristina Liburd

CounselUp Legal
Kristina Liburd is a recovering IP attorney with an LL.M. in Intellectual Property who has worked in different legal and executive capacities within non-profit organizations and small & large corporations such as Sony Music Entertainment and Combs Enterprises (formerly Bad Boy Worldwide... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

12:00 EET

Cross-Cultural Creation: Expand your Global Reach with Multilingual Content
In this hyperconneted digital age, words can travel across the globe in the blink of an eye. And for content creators, the ability to write proficiently in more than one language can put you in a unique position to instantly reach untapped markets and different kinds of readers – which is not only useful for growing your following, but also for putting your work in front of more potential partners in more locations. In this session, you will learn how harnessing multilingual skills can help propel your reach, how to effectively produce work that reaches across languages and cultures, how to gain authority in the English-speaking world if it's not your primary language, and what doors these new opportunities will open for you.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Apara

Gloria Apara

Nomadic Chica
Gloria grew up dreaming of travel and international exploration, and as a trained physical therapist by profession was never happy with the traditional lifestyle. After more than 20 years of travel experience (having traveled through Asia, Europe, and South America), Gloria set out... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 EET
Alfa, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
  Media

12:00 EET

Building Travel Campaigns that Reflect the Diversity of the World We Live In
Despite diversity and inclusivity being called the newest "movement trend" in travel, branded content campaigns have been slow to reflect the diversity of the world that surrounds us. In this expert industry panel, you will learn how travel brands are looking at campaign marketing differently when it comes to diversity and inclusivity, what action steps creators can take to encourage the brands they work with to address D & I in an effective way, what brands are doing to lead the charge in commissioning diverse content campaigns, and how these partnerships have created community through this messaging.

Speakers
avatar for Vivienne Dovi

Vivienne Dovi

Melanin Travel
Vivienne Dovi is the founder of Melanin Travel, a platform creating events, guides and content for the African Diaspora. Combining her 20+ years of travel and passion for diversity, Vivienne turned her lived experiences into a bustling community of over 13,000 travellers. Based in... Read More →
avatar for Martinique Lewis

Martinique Lewis

Skyroam
Martinique Lewis is a diversity in travel consultant, content creator, and Influencer Manager. Trusted amongst her peers as a ‘’connector,’’ she is always connecting the dots to ensure the travel industry is mindful of diversity and not just as a “buzzword.” Working with... Read More →
avatar for Cherrie Osborne

Cherrie Osborne

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
Having almost 15 years of experience under her belt as a destination marketer, Cherrie Osborne has become a familiar name in the tourism industry, not just in the United Kingdom, but across Europe and in the Caribbean. Her distinguished reputation, far and wide, has grown over the... Read More →
avatar for Jamie-Lee Abtar

Jamie-Lee Abtar

The Travel Marketer
One of TTG’s 30 under 30 Travel Leaders for 2016/17, Jamie-Lee Abtar is a travel marketer, brand builder and creative innovator. A regular speaker on topical travel issues, Jamie-Lee has a history of helping travel brands to build strong profitable relationships, conceptualising... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

13:00 EET

Lunch & Opening Keynote: "In Conversation: Gender Equity in Travel" with Ance Svajnzger
Join Wanderful's Beth Santos and Intrepid Travel's Ance Svajnzger for a meal and critical discussion about the travel industry's (sometimes slow-seeming) movement towards gender equity.

Speakers
avatar for Ance Svajnzger

Ance Svajnzger

Intrepid Travel
Born and raised in Latvia, Ance has spent the last decade travelling and working around the world – from volunteering in the Canadian Arctic to living in Morocco. Ance joined Intrepid Travel as a tour leader for Europe and has since built her career to become Intrepid Group’s... Read More →
avatar for Beth Santos

Beth Santos

Wanderful / Women in Travel Summit
Beth is Founder and CEO of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit. The idea for a robust community of women travelers came to her while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. Now, she is a thought leader on women's trav... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 13:00 - 15:00 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

15:00 EET

How to Put Your Blog on the Map (and Earn More Money!) With Freelance Writing
Only 26% of bloggers pursue freelance writing, and they're leaving money – as well as personal branding and SEO opportunities – on the table. This session is for intermediate level bloggers who want to take their game to the next level, and will provide specific strategies for how to get the most leverage out of travel experiences and press trips, how to make your blog SEO-tastic, and how to “algorithm-proof” your blogging business. With just a few steps, editors will be banging down your door and begging you to write for them at the highest rates.

Speakers
avatar for Nora Dunn

Nora Dunn

The Professional Hobo
Nora Dunn (aka The Professional Hobo) sold everything she owned in 2006 (including a busy financial planning practice) to embrace her dreams of long-term immersive world travel. She traveled full-time for 12 years, and though she now has a base in Toronto, she continues to travel... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 15:00 - 16:00 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

15:00 EET

Tech, Tools & Tours? Finding the Right Platform for Your Travel Business
Amazing technology is now affordable for all businesses, the problem is knowing what to buy. Get an understanding of the tech trends changing travel in language you can understand. In this session, you’ll learn what a marketplace vs. a platform vs. an app are and which you need, how to think about business problems first and find tech solutions to match, and what questions to ask so you can keep more of your revenue from online bookings.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Fein

Jennifer Fein

YouLive To Travel
After years of building digital products as an engineer and product manager for others in America and Asia, Jennifer Fein is now determined to make software that empowers passionate people to create unique group travel businesses. She met her co-founder Bron at a #shehacks event in... Read More →


Saturday November 9, 2019 15:00 - 16:00 EET
Alfa, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

16:00 EET

Networking & Coffee Break
Take a breather, meet our exhibitors, and mix and mingle with future friends and partners.

Saturday November 9, 2019 16:00 - 16:30 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

16:30 EET

Power Networking
If you’re looking for a great way to meet brands or partners, you’re going to love our famous two hours of Power Networking on Saturday afternoon. We have an incredible lineup of people coming to WITS and they want to meet with you! Now you can get the wheels in motion.

Power Networking was created to facilitate networking meetings between non-sponsoring attendees (both Media and Industry) and sponsors (companies who have purchased a sponsorship that includes access to Power Networking).

Power Networking runs in two ways: through 1-on-1 Meetings and through Group Meetings. All meetings are 10 minutes long, with 2 minutes in between to move to your next appointment. We will make announcements to keep you on schedule as you meet with all of your appointments. Meetings can be signed up for via BloggerBridge. All WITS attendees will receive an invitation to join BloggerBridge after they register.

1-on-1 Meetings can be requested between non-sponsoring attendees and sponsors only. 1-on-1 Meetings are an opportunity for bloggers, influencers, content creators, and even non-sponsoring brand representatives to schedule personal meetings with sponsors who are looking to work with them. WITS partners with BloggerBridge to schedule these meetings, and only registered WITS attendees will receive invitations to join.

Group Meetings are open to anyone attending WITS. Group Meetings give our sponsor representatives the opportunity to speak to a small group of attendees about the kinds of partnerships they're looking for. There is capacity for nine attendees in each Group Meeting. Meeting in a more intimate and guided way like this gives both attendees and sponsor representatives the chance to learn more about each other and build long-lasting relationships.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO SIGN UP FOR POWER NETWORKING IN OUR CONFERENCE GUIDE

Saturday November 9, 2019 16:30 - 18:30 EET
Omega & Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

19:00 EET

Saturday Night on the Town
After a long day inside the hotel, let's get some fresh air. Enjoy all that Riga has to offer on your autumnal Saturday night! This is a perfect chunk of free time available to link up with some new friends and explore.

You can also organize an interest group meetup! This year, we're offering an opportunity for some of our attendees to organize casual get togethers around town. Here's how to schedule your own.

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Check out these special offers happening around town throughout the weekend, courtesy of LIVE RIGA (must show your conference badge in order to enjoy):

EAT

SHOP

RELAX
  • ESPA (located right inside our host hotel): €35 EUR discount (€80 instead of €115) on aromatherapy. €16 EUR discount (€19 instead of €35) on access to the Active Leisure area (including fitness studio, swimming pool, vitality pool, rock sauna, steam room, heated benches, tropical rainfall showers).

EXPLORE
  • Free entrance to the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (closes at 17:00, offer available all weekend).
  • Free entrance to the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia (closes at 16:00, offer available all weekend).
  • Free Riga Secret City Trails (with code WITRIGA2019)! Step outside and get playful in Riga. Leave behind the crowded streets of the Old Town and discover the wide open parks and beautiful nature of the city. You’ll have 10 cryptic riddles to solve, but along the way you’ll earn local recommendations for food and drinks. A riddle route for history lovers, the trail introduces you to the figures who helped create Latvia and tells you stories of how the country reclaimed its independence from the Soviet Union. Start your adventure at the impressive Opera House (just a 10 minute walk from our conference hotel) and weave your way through history in this time-twisting journey. Whether you’re a traveller or a local, we want to give you the opportunity to playfully experience Riga. Our adventures are created by locals who love sharing their city’s secrets. This 100% discount code is valid until 13 November. Traveling somewhere else? Use code WITSRIGA20 for 20% off Secret City Trails in other cities around the world!

Saturday November 9, 2019 19:00 - 22:00 EET
Offsite
 
Sunday, November 10
 

08:00 EET

Breakfast at the Radisson Blu Latvija
Join other WITS attendees for breakfast! Those staying at our conference hotel, the Radisson Blu Latvija, enjoy a breakfast buffet as part of their room package.

Sunday November 10, 2019 08:00 - 09:00 EET
Restaurant Esplanāde Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

08:30 EET

Registration Open
Check in, get your name badge, and ask any questions you have about the conference. Our volunteers will be available most of the day to assist you!

Sunday November 10, 2019 08:30 - 11:30 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

08:30 EET

Store Open
Buy a book, sign up for a class, snag some swag, and see what other opportunities our presenters have to offer.

Sunday November 10, 2019 08:30 - 11:30 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Building Lasting Local Brand Partnerships That Go Beyond the Blog
Establishing a niche is increasingly important in travel blogging, which is why more and more bloggers are choosing to specialise in just one city, region, or country – and why more and more brands are choosing to work with those who do. While becoming a destination expert can limit opportunities to work with international brands, being a recognised authority can also create new opportunities to develop deep and lasting relationships with local travel companies that can be more mutually beneficial in the long run. In this session, destination-specific bloggers and travel brands will learn about various opportunities that exist for local 'experts', both through and beyond the blog. We’ll go over ways of monetizing your FAQs, why and how destination specialists can work with local and global brands, what to look for in who you partner with, and how to set up 'offline' affiliate tracking systems.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Schmidt

Jessica Schmidt

Hamburg Marketing
Jessica studied political science and law before entering the PR industry. After 12 years of agency experience for renowned clients such as Ebay, Unilever, and Disney, she joined Hamburg Marketing. For the past three years, she has been responsible for blogger relations and influencer... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Mouttaki

Amanda Mouttaki

MarocMama
Amanda Mouttaki is an American writer, blogger, and entrepreneur based in Marrakech. She is the voice behind the popular website MarocMama which inspires readers from all over the world to visit Morocco and broaden their horizons on the country, its traditions, and its cuisine. Amanda... Read More →
avatar for Julie Dawn Fox

Julie Dawn Fox

Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
Julie Dawn Fox moved to central Portugal in 2007 and swiftly fell in love with the country. Her award-winning travel blog, Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal, helps independent travellers discover the beauty and culture of Portugal and to plan their own unique trips by providing practical... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 09:00 - 10:00 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Instagram: Understanding Analytics and Using the Power of Stories to Grow Your Brand
Ready to become an Instagram pro? Nour is a video content expert who has grown her YouTube following to 125k and Instagram following to 50k in just a few short years. In this session, she'll outline tools for tracking success and offer strategies for harnessing the power of stories to help keep your audience engaged and put you on the path to success.

Speakers
avatar for Nour Brahimi

Nour Brahimi

First Female Algerian Travel Vlogger
Nour Brahimi is a storyteller, the first Algerian travel YouTuber, and the first female Algerian travel vlogger. A 2019 nominee for Best Algerian YouTuber of the Year and Best Algerian Instagrammer of the Year, her goal is to break stereotypes with online video and to empower women... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 09:00 - 10:00 EET
Alfa, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Bridging the Gap Between Travel and Tourism: How WE Can Change the World
We often think of tourism as something we ‘do’ or somewhere we go, but we rarely talk about why it matters. Understanding tourism as a whole, and not looking at it simply as a trip, is detrimental to the future of the industry - and the planet. With the aid of the United Nations SDGs, a set of 17 Global Goals adopted by the UN’s 193 Member States, we can see the real, sustainable difference our travels can make. This session will explore how our travels impact the world around us, and how we can contribute to a brighter global future, whether on the road or at home.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Zijlstra

Jessica Zijlstra

ANITA MENDIRATTA & Associates
Jessica Zijlstra is the marketing and digital lead at ANITA MENDIRATTA & Associates, a London based global consultancy specialising in the sectors of Tourism and Development. Working directly with Anita Mendiratta, the Special Advisor of the Secretary General of the United Nations... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 09:00 - 10:00 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:00 EET

Networking & Coffee Break
Take a breather, meet our exhibitors, and mix and mingle with future friends and partners.

Sunday November 10, 2019 10:00 - 10:30 EET
Sponsor Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:30 EET

Navigating Leadership as a Female Founder
Leaning In, being a #bossbabe, and "owning it!"...we've heard all the cliches, but what does it really take to succeed when founding a business in digital travel? In this session, you'll learn hard-earned lessons and strategies to succeed, including how to make remote work *work*, what professionalism looks like within the travel industry, and how to keep focus, prioritise, and succeed as your business grows. For creators navigating their career trajectories and those founding their own business from scratch, we'll cover the unexpected pitfalls to be wary of and simple, actionable steps to ensure you spend your time, money, and energy wisely.


Speakers
avatar for Carly Hulls

Carly Hulls

Austrian Adaptation
Carly is a travel blogger, podcast host & startup survivor, who now focuses her business on slow travel & life in Vienna, Austria. As former Head of Global Sales at TourRadar and self-confessed brunch addict and coffee snob, she has amassed 10 years experience within the travel industry... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:30 EET

What’s Your Story? How to Bridge the Gap Between Narrative Storytelling and SEO
"Storytelling" is the blogging world’s latest buzzword – but can a good story actually bring traffic to your blog? In this session, you’ll learn how to combine Google-friendly SEO with a strong narrative structure to create a deeper connection with your audience. We’ll discuss what makes a good story, why personal narrative is so important, and how to find your storytelling niche. You’ll walk away feeling inspired to write more personally, and with a new narrative-focused direction for your stories.

Speakers
avatar for Flora Baker

Flora Baker

Flora the Explorer
Flora Baker is a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveller and Coastal Living. Over the last decade, she has worked with Bollywood celebrities in India and musicians in Iceland, built artificial limbs in Bolivia and constructed houses in Brazil... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:30 EET

The Rise of Niche Online Communities, and Why Your Business Shouldn't Undervalue Them
Thinking about starting a niche online community? Or maybe wondering how to utilize niche communities to help grow your brand? This session will get you started. Learn why niche communities are a breath of fresh air in an online world that's cluttered with social smog, and how to best collaborate with them.

Speakers
avatar for Olga Maria

Olga Maria

Dreams in Heels / Latinas Who Travel
Olga Maria is a professional travel writer, storyteller, and full-time digital nomad who runs Dreams in Heels, an award-winning solo female travel & lifestyle blog. She is also the founder of the bilingual (Spanish/English) travel community Latinas Who Travel, the travel editor of... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 EET
Alfa, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

11:30 EET

Lunch, Closing Session, & Keynote: "Your Creative Evolution Is Closer Than You Think" with Lola Akinmade Åkerström
The world of social media has created undue pressure for us all, especially as women. We often feel like we're constantly hustling, trying to stay relevant, working on our brands and public personas – to the detriment of our true selves. As travel bloggers, influencers, and professionals, we're constantly looking beyond our backyards for the next big thing that will elevate us within the industry. What if that "next big thing" is much nearer than we think, if only we consciously look closer? What if that "next big thing" is contingent upon taking off our superwomen capes and allowing our "real" selves to show up with all our vulnerabilities?

Sit down with some delicious food, hear from the incredible Lola Akinmade Åkerström, and listen as Wanderful's Beth Santos joins Lola on stage for an intimate Q&A.

Afterwards, we'll announce the destination of WITS Europe 2020, so be sure to stay until the end!

Speakers
avatar for Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Lola Akinmade Åkerström

Award-Winning Author & Photographer
Award-winning author and photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström explores culture through food, tradition, and lifestyle for high profile publications such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, The Guardian, and Lonely Planet, amongst others. She has collaborated with many well-known... Read More →
avatar for Beth Santos

Beth Santos

Wanderful / Women in Travel Summit
Beth is Founder and CEO of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit. The idea for a robust community of women travelers came to her while cruising her blue motorcycle through the streets of São Tomé and Príncipe, a small country in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. Now, she is a thought leader on women's trav... Read More →


Sunday November 10, 2019 11:30 - 14:00 EET
Omega, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

14:15 EET

Mentor Meetings [Block 1]
Take your WITS learnings to the next level.

Mentor Meetings are personalized sessions offered by some of our presenters at WITS. For a small fee, attendees can meet with a mentor one-on-one for 60 minutes at a time outside of programming hours. Our mentors are experts on a multitude of topics, including (but not limited to!) blog monetization, social media, SEO, budgeting, photography, writing and editing, content planning, business planning, affiliate marketing, and more. Please note that Mentor Meetings are only available in person and to those who have already registered for WITS.

Still have questions? Click through to the registration link above to learn more.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: 1 November

IMPORTANT: You must pre-register to book a Mentor Meeting.

Sunday November 10, 2019 14:15 - 15:15 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

15:00 EET

Riga Art Scene Tour
Visit major museums and independent galleries to get an understanding of Riga’s buzzing and growing art scene! One British newspaper called Riga “the Baltic Berlin,” but the city definitely has its own, independent vibe. You’ll see the iconic Latvian National Museum of Art, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, an initiative of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, the ISSP Gallery of Photography, and more. You will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Latvian National Opera, the building for which has a unique and complex history that dates back to 1863.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Sunday November 10, 2019 15:00 - 17:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

15:00 EET

A Different Kind of Women’s Rally
Speed around the streets of Riga in teams of three – that’s as many as will fit in each tiny Pan Car! Teams will compete with each other to complete a round of fun challenges to help them discover the city. Cars are Polish FIAT 126s, each with its own design by a top Latvian graffiti artist. Note: All drivers/lessees must hold a valid driving license and a valid passport, and must be able to drive with manual transmission.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Sunday November 10, 2019 15:00 - 18:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

15:30 EET

Mentor Meetings [Block 2]
Take your WITS learnings to the next level.

Mentor Meetings are personalized sessions offered by some of our presenters at WITS. For a small fee, attendees can meet with a mentor one-on-one for 60 minutes at a time outside of programming hours. Our mentors are experts on a multitude of topics, including (but not limited to!) blog monetization, social media, SEO, budgeting, photography, writing and editing, content planning, business planning, affiliate marketing, and more. Please note that Mentor Meetings are only available in person and to those who have already registered for WITS.

Still have questions? Click through to the registration link above to learn more.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: 1 November

IMPORTANT: You must pre-register to book a Mentor Meeting.

Sunday November 10, 2019 15:30 - 16:30 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

16:45 EET

Mentor Meetings [Block 3]
Take your WITS learnings to the next level.

Mentor Meetings are personalized sessions offered by some of our presenters at WITS. For a small fee, attendees can meet with a mentor one-on-one for 60 minutes at a time outside of programming hours. Our mentors are experts on a multitude of topics, including (but not limited to!) blog monetization, social media, SEO, budgeting, photography, writing and editing, content planning, business planning, affiliate marketing, and more. Please note that Mentor Meetings are only available in person and to those who have already registered for WITS.

Still have questions? Click through to the registration link above to learn more.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: 1 November

IMPORTANT: You must pre-register to book a Mentor Meeting.

Sunday November 10, 2019 16:45 - 17:45 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

18:00 EET

Mentor Meetings [Block 4]
Take your WITS learnings to the next level.

Mentor Meetings are personalized sessions offered by some of our presenters at WITS. For a small fee, attendees can meet with a mentor one-on-one for 60 minutes at a time outside of programming hours. Our mentors are experts on a multitude of topics, including (but not limited to!) blog monetization, social media, SEO, budgeting, photography, writing and editing, content planning, business planning, affiliate marketing, and more. Please note that Mentor Meetings are only available in person and to those who have already registered for WITS.

Still have questions? Click through to the registration link above to learn more.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: 1 November

IMPORTANT: You must pre-register to book a Mentor Meeting.

Sunday November 10, 2019 18:00 - 19:00 EET
Beta, Radisson Blu Hotel Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

18:00 EET

Riga Through a Beer Glass
Latvia’s craft beer revolution inspired a number of breweries and bars to join forces and found the Riga Beer District, based loosely around three historical brewery buildings in the vicinity of the popular Miera Iela (Peace Street) area of town. A guided walking tour of the Beer District involves taste tests at every stop, as well as meeting some of the folks behind Latvia’s best brews. It’s perfect for both beer beginners hoping to develop a taste for the tipple, as well as seasoned connoisseurs looking to try limited edition brews (which you can’t get your hands on elsewhere!).

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Sunday November 10, 2019 18:00 - 20:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia
 
Monday, November 11
 

08:00 EET

Into the Wild, Wild Latvian Boglands We Go
The tour will take you to a natural bog, which is quick to reach from Riga and makes for the perfect day trip for nature lovers. Throughout the world, bogs are drained for peat extraction. In Latvia, many have been protected to ensure a long future for this beautiful and fascinating ecosystem. Wooden boardwalks provide safe and dry access to small areas of the vast boglands which dot the country. They’ve become popular hiking and photography spots.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Monday November 11, 2019 08:00 - 14:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

The Classic Stress Buster
Time for a spot of pampering! Traditionally, saunas in Latvia were a place to wash yourself and even give birth. Nowadays, many locals retire to the sauna to let off some steam after a long week at the office. Many modern day saunas are part of a wider spa complex. On this tour, you’ll visit a spa and be able to try a treatment with a local touch such as an amber or linden blossom massage. Many spas in Latvia are located in areas with access to nature trails, the beach, lakes and rivers to make for a super relaxing holiday. Lay back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views and fresh air blowing in from the Baltic Sea.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Monday November 11, 2019 09:00 - 16:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

09:00 EET

Food, Glorious Food
For Christmas, tradition dictates Latvians serve a total of 12 different dishes. In fact, take any special occasion in Latvia and it’ll involve a hefty amount of food. We’re a nation of passionate foodies and our gardens, meadows and woods provide a lot of our prized ingredients. You’ll visit some of the creative spirits collecting or transforming these ingredients into delicacies. Nowadays, many food producers welcome guests into their kitchens and farms to partake in making bread, cheese, herbal tea blends and other delights. The tour will take you to rural areas, so you get an impression of what life’s like outside Riga.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Monday November 11, 2019 09:00 - 19:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

10:00 EET

A Classic Riga City Tour
Discover the beauty of Riga on a classic walking tour. The Historic Centre of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll soon see why. Venture through the old town with its collection of buildings dating back to the medieval times, prosperous 19th century and other significant periods. One of the most-photographed buildings in Riga is the House of Black Heads. The tour will stop right outside. Later, head along the elegant boulevards to the so-called Quiet Centre with the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Keep gazing up as you’ll be surprised by all the intricate facades and sculptures peering down at you! The tour will include a fair few hidden gems and Insta-worthy moments.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Monday November 11, 2019 10:00 - 13:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

13:00 EET

A Classic Riga City Tour
Discover the beauty of Riga on a classic walking tour. The Historic Centre of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you’ll soon see why. Venture through the old town with its collection of buildings dating back to the medieval times, prosperous 19th century and other significant periods. One of the most-photographed buildings in Riga is the House of Black Heads. The tour will stop right outside. Later, head along the elegant boulevards to the so-called Quiet Centre with the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Keep gazing up as you’ll be surprised by all the intricate facades and sculptures peering down at you! The tour will include a fair few hidden gems and Insta-worthy moments.

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Monday November 11, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

13:00 EET

Riga Foodie Tour
Who stocks the finest selection of pickles? Which stall sells the tastiest homemade cheese? Find out on tour with one of Latvia’s best chefs who’ll show you where many top restaurants source their ingredients and locals buy their daily sustenance from rye bread to charcuterie and gravlax. You’ll explore both the outdoor area of Riga Central Market and the indoor food halls, which are housed in repurposed zeppelin hangars. Nowadays, one of the halls has been transformed into a street food court serving pho, tempura, pizza and other international favourites. After the tour, you’ll convene for a cooking workshop. Make sure to have an appetite!

IMPORTANT: You must register at the link above in order to attend this tour.

Monday November 11, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 EET
Offsite (tours & FAM trips depart from the Radisson Blu Hotel) Elizabetes iela 55, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia