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Bicycle Tourism Development Conference
October 22, Valga Culture Hall, Estonia

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Venue Valga Cultural Centre, Kesk Str. 1, Valga, Estonia
Date October 22, 2010
Time 10:00 AM
Language English, with simultaneous translation into Estonian and Latvian
9:30-10:00 AM Registration, morning coffee
10:00 AM Opening of the conference

Margus Lepik, Valga County Governor

10:05 AM Welcoming addresses
10:20 AM The ESTLAT project “Go Cycling Through Vidzeme and Southern Estonia”:  Results and future challenges

Raitis Sijāts, chairman, Vidzeme Tourism Association

10:50 AM Developing the “Tour de LatEst” cycling route and lessons learned

Rein Lepik, Vanta Aga cycling club

11:20 AM Joint marketing: A challenge in attracting tourists to the cross-border area

Andris Klepers, Vidzeme University College

11:50 AM Bicycle roads planning on national roads network in Estonia

Reigo Ude, Estonian Road Administration

12:10 PM Discussion and questions
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Cycling in Europe: Trends in tourism, infrastructure development, mobility

European Cycling Federation

2:00 PM Experience in Finland:  Urban initiatives toward developing bike-friendly infrastructure and cycling tourism as a new tourism product in Finland

Matti Hirvonen, executive director, Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities

2:30 PM Bicycle tourism in Germany:  From the “Bett & Bike” project to satellite navigation

Thomas Froitzheim, ADFC-steering group bicycle tourism

3:00 PM Experience in the Netherlands: Create your own cycling experience

Jurgen Hillaert, Veluwe Region Tourism Office

3:30 PM Discussions, questions, closing remarks, refreshments




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