From March 9 to 12, Daugavpils City Municipality Tourism Development and Information Agency, represented by Vitālijs Petkuns, Senior Customer Service Specialist at Daugavpils Fortress Culture and Information Centre, Viktors Andruškevičs, Senior Visitor`s Centre Specialist at Šmakovka Museum, and Karolina Dedele, Consultant at Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre, in cooperation with Aivars Baranovskis, a representative of the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, and Vladislavs Ivanovs, a representative of the Daugavpils Regional Studies and Art Museum, will participate in one of this year's most important international tourism matchmaking events “ITB Berlin NOW”. It will bring together representatives of the tourism industry from different countries, journalists and travel bloggers who are looking for new and undiscovered travel destinations.
At the meeting of the Development Committee, the members of the City Council considered the issue of new binding regulations – Binding regulations on the use of specialized tourist vehicles in Daugavpils determine the procedure for registering such vehicles, approving routes and ensuring control over the technical condition of vehicles.
Daugavpils City Council submitted a project application to the State Cultural Capital Foundation competition to attract co-financing for the architectural and artistic inventory and cultural and historical study of the Fortress garden in Daugavpils. Funding for the research is planned in the municipal budget, so, despite the results of the competition, research work will be carried out this year. A garden restoration project will be developed on the basis of the scientific inventory and study. It is planned to attract European Union funds for the restoration.
This year, nature pampers lovers of winter activities: a thick blanket of snow has been covering hills, fields and forests for almost three weeks. According to weather forecasts, there are many refreshing days ahead, when winter tiredness can be dispelled by enjoying active recreation in the fresh air. In Daugavpils, this can be done both by sliding down the hills in all districts of the city, and by visiting specially installed sports facilities. All epidemiological safety requirements must be observed during recreation activities!
Last year was very productive for Daugavpils in the field of construction and development. Several projects have been completed, rebuilt buildings and new buildings have been put into operation, and large areas in various districts of the city have been visually transformed. The work done allows Daugavpils not only to participate in the prestigious competition "The Best Building of the Year in Latvia", which has been organized for more than 20 years, but also to nominate six objects in different nominations.
2020 was difficult particularly for the tourism industry, both in Latvia and abroad, due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the imposed restrictions. However, local tourism developed during the summer season. Residents of Latvia travelled all over the country, including Daugavpils, discovering unusual landscapes and pearls of culture and history, giving preference to walking trails, setting interesting destinations for recreation, and gaining positive emotions.
Daugavpils Innovation Centre undergoes innovative changes, which will promote education, business and career development in the field of STEM
Based on the agreement concluded in the summer between Daugavpils City Council and the State Education Development Agency on the implementation of the project “Development of Innovation Centre in Daugavpils City” within the European Economic Area and Norway financial instruments 2014-2021 programme “Research and Education” activity “Innovation Centres”, Daugavpils City Council has started work on the project implementation.
Daugavpils City Council in cooperation with the Anykščiai district municipality administration launches new cross-border project implementation within Interreg V-A Latvia – Lithuania programme 2014.-2020. The grant contract for project Nr. LLI-472 “Joint Management of Urban Wetland Areas in border region Latvia-Lithuania” was signed with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia on October - 5th, 2020. In the frame of the project two urban areas wetlands will be managed – pond in the territory of Latgale Zoo in Daugavpils (Latvia) and Green pond in Anykščiai (Lithuania).
Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre together with its visitors celebrates Daugavpils City Birthday
Latgale Zoo in Daugavpils, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions and a favorite place for families, is open to visitors starting from 27 May, 2020. In keeping with the restrictions and safety measures decreed by the government, up to 11 visitors will be allowed to visit Latgale Zoo at the same time, keeping 2 m distance. It is also recommended to avoid touching different surfaces - railings, borders, terrarium glass, and informative stands.
Starting from 16 May 2020, Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is open to visitors. In keeping with the restrictions and safety measures decreed by the government, up to 3 visitors will be allowed to visit Daugavpils TIC at the same time, keeping 2m distance. At the moment, it is possible to book walking tours around the city, accompanied by a guide, for groups up to 10 people wearing face masks.
Spring has come to Latgale Zoo in Daugavpils. Grass is starting to grow and flowers bloom in the courtyard. Tree frogs are singing in the Zoo exposition. Meerkats and dwarf rabbits are sunbathing in the spring sun; also, other inhabitants feel the arrival of the warm weather.
Harbin is a sister city of Daugavpils in the People`s Republic of China. The cooperation agreement was concluded on January 6, 2003. During this time, a very productive and warm friendship has developed. Once again, at a difficult time, friends in China responded and provided assistance, although the situation in Harbin is also difficult. 1800 protective face masks have been sent from Harbin to the sister city in Latvia.
6th International Historical Re-enactment and Rock Music Festival “Dinaburg 1812” is postponed to July 2021
It is decided to cancel the 6th International Historical Re-enactment and Rock Music Festival “Dinaburg 1812” in 2020. This decision was made in connection with the decision to cancel or postpone events in the summer of 2020, which was approved at an emergency meeting of the Committee on Education and Culture of the Daugavpils City Council on April 23, and taking into account the state of emergency in the country.
In order to reduce the risks of further spread of Covid-19 among Latvian residents, according to the epidemiological situation, the government has adopted strict rules to limit the assembly of people at private and public events. Restrictions regarding physical contact apply to public indoor and outdoor activities and lay down the rules in respect of a distance of two metres and two persons.
Important information about the changes in working hours of tourist attractions, culture, sports and leisure institutions, and events held in Daugavpils
Please be informed, that tourist attractions, culture, sports and leisure institutions, and events held in Daugavpils have changed their working hours to the introduction of a state of emergency in Latvia due to spread of COVID-19 virus.
Almost all state and municipal institutions work remotely, and many tourist attractions, culture, sports and leisure institutions are closed, and events are cancelled.