e-News 01/2018      


As Via Hansa & Borealis are merging, and besides streamlining operational and financial procedures, coordinating purchasing, sales and marketing, investing together in a new technological platform and bringing two large teams together, the graphic identity of the companies is also being renewed. What you are looking at now is the first Via Hansa & Borealis e-News with our new graphic identity, which will be introduced throughout the company from February 1, 2018. The merger will create the largest regional tour operator and destination management company in Northern Europe. Via Hansa & Borealis will employ over 150 tourism specialists representing more than 30 different nationalities. And it will from its own full-service offices in Copenhagen, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Kiev and Ulaanbaatar,  be offering services for the various segments of the tourism industry – for leisure travellers and for conferences and incentives right across Scandinavia, Iceland, Finland, Russia, the Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and beyond. Changes in organizational and operational structures will take place throughout 2018 and will be carried out carefully with concern for maintaining and developing the strongest possible relations with all customers while keeping a strong focus on service for guests. 


On January 12, the five-star design-focussed Grand Poet Hotel opened its doors to guests. The new property was established by Semarah Hotels, a Latvian hotel chain that also owns the Hotel Metropole in Riga and the Hotel Lielupe in Jurmala. The Grand Poet Hotel has 168 elegant guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant and a bar, modern premises for events and conferences as well as a spacious wellness centre. The hotel is located right at the heart of the historic centre of Riga in the vicinity of the Freedom Monument, overlooking a beautiful park. For more information and bookings, please contact the Via Hansa & Borealis Riga office.


In 2018, the Republic of Estonia celebrates its 100th birthday, and one of the highlights will definitely be visiting the new museum and history discovery centre at Maarjamäe Palace, which will be reopened after extensive renovation on February 1. The palace is a grand former aristocratic summer residence by the seaside in Tallinn. It will contain a comprehensive interactive exhibition, My Free Country, telling stories about the Estonian people from the country’s first period of independence through the Soviet era to modern times. In the palace park, there will also be a unique outdoor exhibition of Soviet monuments collected over the last decade. For more information, please contact the Via Hansa & Borealis office in Tallinn.

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