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Lithuania - much more than Sharas and the Vilna Gaon

2015-04-02 , Updated 2018-04-02 00:00

After opening the Embassy of Israel in Vilnius, joining the Euro Zone and after being chosen lately by the Lonely Planet as one of the world's top touristic attractions, Lithuania is becoming more accessible and welcoming to the Israeli tourists.

As such, Jurgita Kazlauskiene, Director general of State Department of Tourism under The Ministry of Economy, and the Ambassador of Lithuania, Edminas Bagdonas, met at the David Intercontinental hotel for a unique PR event aimed at Israeli travel agents in order to encourage Israeli tourist to visit Lithuania.

The first connotation that pops into the Israeli's mind when it comes to Lithuania is the wonderful player Sarunas Jasikevicius (Sharas) who stared in Maccabi Tel Aviv uniform over a decade ago. We can add also the Vilna Gaon and that mainly sums up the knowledge about the Baltic state.

However, the Israeli tourist, who's looking for new destinations, is given a rare opportunity to discover this attractive destination – Lithuania opens the gates welcoming Israelis to be its guests.

Many travel agents came in order to hear first-hand from Jurgita Kazlauskiene, director general of State Department of Tourism, about Lithuania's bountiful touristic attractions.

In this exclusive event the travel agents were shown the various touristic attractions in the country, its historical sites, landscapes, culinary, spas, and many more. The event also had a lucky draw in which the lucky winners received luxury vacations in Lithuania and many other prizes. In between socializing, presentations and dinner the participant were invited to talk with the Lithuanian delegation which included many representatives from various hotels in Lithuania.    

The Lithuanian wooing after the Israeli tourist is an outcome of the tightening connections between the two countries that became even tighter with Lithuania joining lately the Euro Zone and opening an Israeli embassy in Vilnius last January. 

Jurgita Kazlauskiene: "Lithuania and Israel has historical and long lasting relations. Our arrival to Israel proves our wish to maintain and empower our relation in the future. Due to the recent changes, we are expecting a high number of Israeli tourists to come to Lithuania and experience the touristic and cultural variety that it has to offer. I'm certain that the Israeli public will discover an attractive country which was also declared lately by both Lonely Planet and Forbes magazine as a top international recommended touristic destination for 2015".

A special warm wishes for the tightening relations between Lithuania and Israel came also from Sarunas Jasikevicius, former Lithuania and Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball player, who couldn't attend the event due to his work as assistant coach for Zalgiris team in Kaunas, but was recently exposed to the activity: "From my experience I'm sure that the Israelis will find Lithuania a magical and friendly touristic destination where they can enjoy a variety of their favourite attractions: historical sites, breath taking views, shopping, great night life and so much more. Besides that, I am so happy to hear about the good connections that are being established between my home country and the country that I had such wonderful experiences on both professional and personal level with Maccabi Tel Aviv and with the people I've met along the way. Looking forward to seeing the Israelis in my beautiful country.”

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