From the time of the GDL of Gediminas, Vilnius and its inhabitants have been renowned for their hospitality and tolerance for capital city guests. The capital city municipality representatives already awarded hotels, cafes, other institutions and the citizens for the hospitable welcome of guests, customers and other citizens, for the best service and keeping hospitality traditions. 12 most hospitable ones in the city were awarded.
“For people to visit the city and feel great in it, several basic elements are required: green spaces, history, innovations, proper infrastructure and the most important thing – the meetings and farewell of all the guests shall be carried out with love. We can surely say that our city is beautiful thanks to the hospitality of its citizens. The most hospitable ones in the city give their soul, share smiles and meet many returning guests. Such people are a gift for the capital and for the whole country, as they represent it. I hope that hospitality is contagious,” – said Vilnius mayor Remigijus Šimašius.
All capital hotels, members of the “Airbnb” rental community, restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, galleries or guides of Vilnius could become the most hospitable ones. Vilnius citizens and guests could also give their vote for the most hospitable employee of food and nutrition companies, the most hospitable place visited, the most hospitable place, where one can drink a cup of coffee, the discovery of the year, as well as choose the most hospitable initiative of Vilnius.
Much attention was drawn to the contest, which took place from May to September; after counting the points, received for hospitality, this year, 12 institutions, projects and citizens were awarded.
The most hospitable Vilnius company of the year – the “Comfort Hotel LT” hotel. The most hospitable nutrition company – the restaurant “Ertlio namas”.
This year, the most hospitable museum of the capital city was the church heritage museum; the most hospitable place to visit – the park of Vilnius.
Initiatives were evaluated – this year, the most hospitable initiative was “Open House Vilnius”.
Lina Dusevičienė received the award as the most hospitable guide of Vilnius.
This year, the most hospitable landlords of their own homes through the platform “Airbnb” – “City Entrance Apartment”.
This year, the award for the hospitality in each year received the renewed Hales market.
This year, for the first time, the most hospitable place, where one can drink a cup of coffee, was chosen. In this nomination, a particularly hospitable and popular visited place of Vilnius, which the citizens and guests of the capital city would recommend as the place most suitable for sitting down and drinking a cup of coffee, is awarded. This award was given to the summer residence “Sugamour”.
The greatest discovery of this year is the fountain of the renewed Lukiškiu square, which pleases the citizens and the capital city guests with various interactive functions until late autumn.
The most hospitable employees – an employee of the “Pink Milk Shake” cafe Žilvinas Kaniušas and an employee of the “Holiday Inn Vilnius” Tomaš Voinič.
The contest winners were named after the calculation of commission points and the voting results on the website www.vilniaussvetingumas.lt.
The award ceremony took place in the Vilnius Town Hall; the citizens watched the performance of Justinas Kulikauskas, a laureate of international cellist competitions, who in 2012, in Frankfurt, was chosen as one of the eight best musicians in the world, who use the special “Loop Station pedal” technique.
The contest, organized in the capital for the eleventh time, aims to improve the quality of services, provided by Vilnius hotels, guest houses, institutions for short-term rental of own homes (Airbnb), restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, galleries and guides, as well as to establish more hospitable service of the capital city citizens and guests, to expand and improve the image of business tourism and the city.