e-News 09/2015      


The new 4-star Hotel Wellton Riga recently opened its doors. It is conveniently located in the Old Town of Riga offering 174 modern guest rooms, French cuisine restaurant, large breakfast restaurant and multifunctional spa complex. The hotel is an excellent choice for individual travellers as well as tour groups looking for affordable accommodation in the heart of the Old Town, and Via Hansa has obtained allotments and very good rates for 2015-2016. The hotel is the seventh Wellton property in Riga and Wellton Hotel Group has become the fastest growing chain in Latvia with a very strong position in the midmarket segment. The group plans to continue to expand still further and two new hotel projects are already confirmed for Riga’s Old Town, scheduled to open in 2017-2018 with an additional 270 guest rooms. The group’s owners are also continuing negotiations for expanding their operations to Lithuania and Estonia. For more information, please contact: riga@viahansa.com


June saw the unveiling of a large bronze and granite bust statue of Karl Berend von Schubert, by Estonian sculptor Mati Karmin, in the Manor Park at Vihula Manor in North Estonia. The von Schubert family resided at the manor for almost 130 years. Alexander von Schubert acquired the estate in 1810 and in the mid-19th century the estate was built up to how it appears today. After WWI the estate was nationalized, but the von Schubert family remained at Vihula Manor until the outbreak of WWII. The large recent renovation project at the manor has done much to re-establish the historical ties between the von Schubert family and the estate. The von Schubert family coat of arms can be seen at the entrance gates and at the reception. The reception’s lounges are decorated with historical photos of the family at Vihula Manor at the beginning of the 20th century. The conference rooms and suites are named after some of the family members. A book and exhibition about the von Schubert family at Vihula Manor are planned next. The guests at Vihula Manor will be able to learn more about this fascinating history and feel close to the people who once lived there. For more information, please contact: kylli.karing@viahansa.com or visit: www.vihulamanor.com