Baltic Sea Tourism Forum (BSTF)

The Baltic Sea Tourism Forum is the most important annual tourism platform for tourism stakeholders from around the whole Baltic Sea region. Initiated by Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2008, the Forum has attracted an ever growing number of participants from various levels and background of activity: tourist boards, (sectoral) associations, regional public authorities, national public authorities, EU representatives, academia and, increasingly, tourism enterprises. In 2015 the Forum was organized under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States and was supported by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland. The organization of the Forum is a joint effort of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourist Board, Policy Area Tourism and the respective host region. Moreover, other interested stakeholders can get involved to organize workshops.


Year Date City Country Partners
2020 11-13 November Palanga Lithuania Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania
2019 13 November Brussels Belgium  
2018 14-15 November Riga Latvia Ministry of Economics of Latvia, Investment and Development Agency of Latvia
2017 2-3 November Turku Finland City of Turku
2016 19-20 October Pärnu Estonia Tartu University – Pärnu College
2015 22-23 September Gdansk Poland Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland
2014 1-2 October Karlskrona Sweden Region Blekinge
2013 25-26 September Ringstedt Denmark Visit East Denmark
2012 14-15 November Rostock Germany  
2011   Sopot Poland  
2010   Kaliningrad Russian Federation  
2009   Vilnius Lithuania  
2008   Rostock Germany  



Brussels | Belgium
  • Financial support
  • Presentation by PAC Tourism about "The Future of Policy Area Tourism in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region"
  • Programme drafting support
  • Back-to-back meeting with PA Tourism Steering Committee
  • Exchange meeting between Macro- Regional Strategy coordinators
  • Preparatory meeting in Rostock

Pärnu | Estonia

  • Financial support
  • Opening words by the Coordinator
  • Drafting of Forum Declaration | agreement with Steering Group
  • Organization of Sustainability Session
  • Overseeing organization of workshop "Cultural tourism and its potential for extending the season"
  • Programme drafting support
  • Preparatory meetings in Pärnu and Berlin
Gdansk | Poland
  • Joint effort of Ministry of Sport and Tourism of the Republic of Poland and PA Tourism to organize a Tourism Minister meeting
  • PA Tourism status report during opening session
  • Drafting of Forum Declaration | agreement with Steering Group
  • Programme drafting support