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ATLAS Doctoral Colloquium & Poster Session 2011
Valmiera, Latvia, 20 September 2011
An event organised in conjunction with the ATLAS 2011 annual conference


Time and place

The colloquium will take place in the city of Valmiera, Latvia, on 20 September, 2011.

The colloquium is organised by the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and ATLAS.

Draft programme


Colloquium venue

The conference will be held at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, which is located in Valmiera city centre. Address Cesu Street 4, Valmiera, Latvia.


Colloquium details

  • For doctoral students in tourism and hospitality management
  • Two tracks based on stage of the dissertation: intermediate & advanced or beginner
  • Diverse themes and methodological approaches within the broad field of tourism, hospitality and leisure will be considered
  • Confidence about actuality of research directions and metodhology
  • Opportunity to discuss your dissertation research with other international doctoral students and leading academics in this field
  • Colloquium will be held in a collaborative, open and friendly atmosphere, participants are required to attend the entire colloquium
  • Poster session will be organised throughout the conference
  • Great opportunity to meet colleagues, share experiences and ideas, and network with students and academia from different countries and universities
  • All participants will receive a certificate of attendance
  • In addition there will be faculty presentations designed to help students plan and manage their dissertation process

Contact: or Andris Klepers at



Abstract submission

All colloquium abstracts will be subject to review by members of the colloquium committee. The chair of the committee is Andris Kleper. The official language of the conference is English.

Abstracts should be submitted to ATLAS by using this form.

Abstract submission should be submitted before 1st April, 2011.

Abstracts (maximum of 500 words) should indicate background, theoretical/practical implications, methods and/or data sources and indicative findings of the paper. The title should be no more than 12 words.

Furthermore colloquium students should fill in this Curriculum Vittae and send it to


Important dates

Abstract submission : 1st April, 2011
Notification of acceptance : 1st May, 2011


Colloquium committee

  • Andris Klepers, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia CHAIR

A few more are still to be confirmed.


Colloquium fee

The colloquium fee will be € 70. This fee will inlcude:

  • Participation in the doctoral colloquium
  • Coffee breaks


Cancellation policy

As soon as ATLAS has confirmed your registration, you are obliged to pay the conference fee. If written cancellation is received on or before September 1st, 2011, a refund of all meeting fees will be made, minus an administration fee of € 50.

No refund will be possible after September 1st 2011, but substitute delegates can be nominated.


Valmiera city

Valmiera is the largest city in Vidzeme region. Population in Valmiera: 27 514.

Valmiera is situated in the very centre of the Baltics, in the Eastern part of Northern Europe; 100 kilometers from the capital city of Latvia -Rīga, 120 kilometers from Tartu, Estonia, 300 kilometers from Helsinki, Finland, 390 kilometers from St. Petersburg, Russia and 470 kilometers from Stockholm, Sweden.

Through Valmiera meanders the picturesque River Gauja separating the city into two. Valmiera is developing as a business and administrative centre by investing in the development of culture, arts and sports. City motto is: Valmiera think and create. The dominating economic branches in Valmiera are the food industry (milk, meat, and grain), fiberglass production, metalworking, wood processing and furniture producing. The contributing factors for the development are educational institutions and, of course, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences founded in 1996. Now Vidzeme University of Applied Science offers studies to over 1400 students in bachelor and master's levels.


Getting to Latvia


Getting to Latvia

By plane

The easiest way to come to Latvia is by air to Riga International Airport. It offers direct flights to more than 80 cities of the world. Then by coach or train to Valmiera. The national airline airBaltic (70 direct destinations) and traditional, low cost fare airlines as:

  • Lufthansa
  • Finnair
  • Czech Airlines
  • LOT
  • SAS
  • Ryanair (14 direct destinations)
  • Norwegian com
  • AerLingus
  • Wizz Air
  • Turkish Airline
  • Tarom
  • Aeroflot
  • Aerosvit
  • Belavia
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Utair
  • Wind Jet
  • Uzbekistan airways
  • and other

offer direct flights from many cities in Europe to Riga International Airport

More information about flights to Riga and Riga airport: or

The trip from Riga to Valmiera takes approximately 2 - 2.5 hours.

Other option is to use Tartu Airport exactly for delegated from Sweden. More information about flights

Over the sea

The major ports of Latvia have ferry connections with other ports in the Baltic Sea Region.

RigaPassenger Port has a regular ferry connection with Frihammen (Sweden). This ferry line is operated by the company "Tallink". More detailed information on the offers, prices and ferry schedule can be found on the home page of the company -

There is also a ferry line from Riga Port from Riga to Lübeck. Additional information from -

Ferries leave from Ventspils Port to Nynäshamn (Sweden) and Travemünde (Germany). Additional information from

Ferry travel to Travemünde (Germany) are is from Liepāja Port. Additional information from -

Other opportunity is ferries from Estonia, Port of Tallinn to Helsinki (Finland) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information is available at:

By train

It is possible to reach Latvia in a convenient and comparatively inexpensive way by train. One can travel by train from Riga to the Russian cities Moscow, St. Petersburg, Pskov and to the Estonian border town Valga.


Transfer Services and Transport in Latvia

Transfer services will be available to the delegates at no extra charge between Riga International Airport and the hotels on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 20th and 21st), Saturday and Sunday (September 24th and 25th). Number of transfers will depend on the number of delegates arriving/leaving on this day. Please mention your flight schedule on the registration form.

Transfer services will also be available to the delegates between the hotels and the conference venue.

From airport to Riga city: By public transport- Bus No.22, direct from airport (in Latvian -stop Lidosta) to the Riga centre (stop Stockmann centrs or Central tirgus (market)). Frequency is 10 - 30 minutes, journey time about 30 minutes. Fare - 0.60 LVL (to the buss driver). By taxi: The city from the airport can be reached using "Rīgas taksometru parks", "Rīgas taxi" and "Baltic Taxi" cabs. Journey time to the centre of the city is approximately 15 minutes. Charge - 1.50 LVL for embarkation plus 0.50 per kilometer, waiting 6.00 LVL/hour.

By train:

Travel with train takes approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Fare -2.80 LVL. Write in website: From (No) Riga TO (uz): Valmiera (find in list). Valmiera train station is located 15 minutes walking distance from town centre. You can use public transport buses No. 5, No 6, No 10 to getting to the city centre.

Train traffic schedules:

By bus:

The trip from Riga to Valmiera takes approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Fare -3.10 LVL. Write in website: From (No) Rīgas SAO, Rīga TO (uz): Valmiera. Due to repair works of Valmiera city streets, the bus station is moved to the city main parking lot behind the culture centre. To get from the bus station to the university, please follow Riga Street towards the direction of the central roundabout, then turn right, go down the hill and across the bridge over river Gauja. The university building (Cēsu Street 4) is on the right side right next to the river.

Bus traffic schedule:

International coach lines:


Recommended hotels

Please contact the hotels directly through e-mail or telephone with subject "ATLAS".

Recommended hotels:


Hotel Wolmar is located in the central part of Valmiera, about 5 min walk from the very town center and 10 min walk from the conference venue. The hotel has 30 rooms and 51 beds all equipped with WC, shower, hairdryer, telephone; satellite TV; internet connection. 18 rooms are equipped with air-conditioning. The hotel also has a restaurant and a bar, sauna; hair care; beauty therapy; plus customized cleaning and laundry services. Payment is possible in cash (Lats only), or by card (VISA, VISA Electron, Eurocard/Mastercard and Maestro).

The rate for a single room is 42 EUR. The rate for a double room is 54 EUR. VAT and buffet breakfast included.

Address: Tērbatas street 16a, Valmiera, LV 4201, Latvia
Phone: +371 64207301
Fax: +371 64207305


The four stars "Dikli Palace Hotel" is located in a scenic place 22 kilometers from the conference venue.

There is a four-star hotel in Dikīi manor. It has 26 double occupancy rooms and three suites. There are 13 new double occupancy rooms in the renovated Dikīi manor Barn. Each hotel room also has a modern bathroom, television, telephone, and Internet connection - so that you feel at home, or even better than at home!

Single rooms from 45 EUR per night. Double and Twin rooms from 45 to 60 EUR per night. Suites 130 EUR per night. Breakfast, Internet connection, taxes and morning pool (8:00a.m.-10:00a.m.) are included in the price of your hotel room.

Hotel can provide transfer from hotel to Valmiera and back to hotel. The price is dependent from number of persons.

Address: Dikli, Dikli Parish, Koceni Municipality, LV-4223
Phone: +371 64207480
Fax: +371 64207485


A new, friendly hotel situated a short ride from Valmiera town next to sports arena in a rapidly developing part of town. The hotel has 39 rooms and 117 beds. All rooms have cable TV, wireless internet connection, desk, wardrobe, WC and shower. Some rooms have air-conditioner and phone. All rooms have dark curtains, small fridge and electronic keys. The hotel is easily accessible from town center by taxi (5 min) or regular public bus (10-15 min), you can also take a nice 20-25 min walk to the hotel. Payments are possible in cash (Lats only), by card (VISA, VISA Electron, Eurocard/Mastercard and Maestro) or bank transfer.

The rate for a Single room is from 28,46 EUR to 45,53 EUR; Double or Twin room is from 45,53 EUR to 56,92 EUR (depending on a room); Lux room from 56,92 EUR. VAT and breakfast buffet included.

Address: Vaidavas street 15, Valmiera, LV 4201, Latvia
Phone - fax: +371 64201200
Mobi: +371 25464433

Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences Student hostel

A comfortable hostel of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; the hostel has 41 apartments; each apartment with two double rooms sharing a bathroom and a wardrobe. Hostel is situated a short ride from Valmiera town center and is situated next to sports arena in a rapidly developing part of town. All rooms have internet connection, 2 rooms are sharing a wardrobe and a bathroom. The hostel is easily accessible from town center by taxi (5 min) or regular public bus (10-15 min), you can also take a nice 20-25 min walk from the town center. Payments are possible in cash (Lats only) or by advance bank transfer (please see a separate info for bank payments).

The rate for a bed in a double room is Ls 7 / € 10 per night. VAT is included; breakfast is not included and is not served at the site.

Address: Ausekļa Street 25a, Valmiera, LV 4201, Latvia
Phone: +371 26651033
Fax: +371 642 07230

Hotels and other accommodation are available in different price categories:



To come to Latvia, EU and EEA nationals need only valid travel documents - passports or identity cards. Non-EU nationals have to check if they need a visa to enter Latvia. The list of countries whose citizens do not need visas is available at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia website. Please note that it may take several weeks to obtain a visa. Therefore visa application procedures should be started as early as possible. More information on visa requirements can be found at Office of Citizenship and Migration website.





The Latvian currency is Lats which is abbreviated as LVL and Ls and santims (1 Lats = 100 santims). The currency is fully convertible 1 EUR is approximately 0,75 LVL. You can exchange your money in banks. The main banks in Valmiera are SEB banka, Swedbanka, Nordea, Latvijas Krajbanka, DnB NORD banka, Hipoteku banka, Privat banka, Ciatdele banka, Norvik banka - all located on or close to the main business street - Rīgas Street. The usual opening hours of the banks is 9:00 -17.00 on working days. All the banks have cash machines where you can withdraw money 24 hours a day. Cash machines are found outside the bank buildings, in the main shopping centers and at petrol stations.


More information on Latvia, Valmiera and Rigas


More information on Latvia, Valmiera and Rigas

For information on Latvia, please view:

For information on Valmiera, please view:

For information on Vidzeme region, please view:

For information on Riga, please view:



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