International conference managed by Via Hansa nominated for Conference of the Year 2014 in Estonia

International conference managed by Via Hansa nominated for Conference of the Year 2014 in Estonia

 International conference managed by Via Hansa nominated for Conference of the Year 2014 in Estonia

It is a great pleasure to announce that the international conference “Quality Education for Children at Social Risk”, for the organisers of which Via Hansa PCO provided the full scope of conference services, has been nominated for the Estonian Convention Bureau’s annual award “Conference of the Year”.

The nomination was submitted by Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau who stressed that one of the main values of the conference was the unique way its program combined business and pleasure while also introducing the Estonian culture and educational traditions in a versatile manner. It is also important to acknowledge the non-profit sector for taking on the organizing of such a large event which was carried out most successfully.

The international conference of SOS Children’s Villages with the full title “Quality Education for Children at Social Risk. Sharing best practices and starting a dialogue” was held on 17-21 March 2014 in Tallinn and the neighbouring small town Keila, the location of the first Estonian SOS Children’s Village. The total number of delegates was 198 with 114 foreign participants coming from 28 different countries.

About the conference and SOS Children’s Villages

The 5-day conference included plenary presentations with high-level specialists as well as presentations on successful educational projects and best practices in various countries. The conference also featured study visits to several different locations around Estonia. More details are available at: information/

SOS Children’s Villages is an international charity organization that offers a home for children without parental care and works with families at risk of child abandonment. Besides supporting families to ensure children’s wellbeing in the future we also care for their education as they often have school problems due to their difficult childhood. Today, more than 80,000 children have found a new home in more than 133 SOS Children’s Villages all around the world. The first SOS Children’s Village n Estonia was established in 1994.

About the award and ECB

To be considered for the ECB annual award „Conference of the Year“, a meeting must have minimum of 100 delegates of whom at least 40 % come from abroad. Altogether, there are 9 nominees for the award of Conference of the Year 2014. The winner will be announced at the ECB annual general meeting on 10 Dec 2014 and the award will be presented at a ceremony in January 2015.

Estonian Convention Bureau (ECB) is an umbrella association for conference industry in Estonia. ECB is a non-profit membership organisation established as a private-public partnership with the aim to market Estonia as a conference destination. Via Hansa Estonia is a founding member of ECB and our managing director Kylli Karing served as ECB’s chairman of the board in 2008-2013.