Following the first joint overseas AITO and AITO Agents' conference in Vilnius in June, a delegate survey has revealed that the two organisations are keen to forge even closer links and repeat the format next year.

Both AITO and AITO Agents polled delegates following the conference and findings reveal that there is an appetite for closer integration amongst the organisations. The results also revealed exceeded expectations about the Lithuanian capital.

Sponsored by the Lithuanian Tourist Board, the conference was combined to celebrate two exciting milestones - the 35th anniversary of AITO and the 15th anniversary of AITO Agents – and to reinforce greater links in the spirit of the Closer Ties scheme between the two organisations.

The prevailing feeling from the survey respondents was that the destination of the conference played a big role in the success of the first combined event. The only negative was that many felt their visit was too short and that more time was needed to explore its attractions. Such was the popularity of the city that more than 25% of respondents that had previously not sold Vilnius, said that as a result of the conference they would now do so.

The key findings from the survey were:

  • 65% of respondents said that they liked the combined conference format
  • More than 80% of respondents said that Vilnius exceeded their expectations
  • More than 75% felt that the conference offered good value for money

Chairman of AIRO, Derek Moore, said: "The feedback from delegates who attended the first joint conference in Vilnius was overwhelmingly in favour of us keeping the same arrangement. Much of the success for this year’s conference was down to Vilnius being such a superb location and a city that welcomed delegates with open arms. The Lithuanian National Tourist Office and the people of Vilnius could not have been warmer hosts and contributed to one of the most memorable conferences on record.”

For more information about Vilnius and Lithuania visit www.lithuaniatourism.co.uk. For details on AITO see www.aito.com and for more information on AITO Specialist Travel Agents visit www.aitoagents.com

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