British Telecommunications and Expedia will test-drive Vilnius in September
British Telecommunications (BT Group) and Expedia’s UK branch are both temporarily moving their offices to Vilnius this September thanks to the Workation Vilnius programme. Almost 100 companies from around the world took part in the initiative, with the UK and Sweden taking the lead with 13 and 11 company submissions respectively. The two major UK companies, together with Danish startup OrderYOYO, represent the winning teams selected to come to Vilnius for a week this September. The winning companies were evaluated and selected by a panel of judges from the Municipality of Vilnius and Go Vilnius, the city’s official development agency, a press release from the agency states.
The Workation Vilnius programme offers teams of up to 10 employees from three different companies the opportunity to participate in a one-week programme to work and live in Vilnius. The initiative gives winners a chance to network with senior industry professionals and local authorities by day and experience the city's charming views, restaurants and cafés, and infrastructure each evening.
According to the 2017 European Commission Report on Innovation in the EU, Vilnius is ranked among the top 10 fastest growing innovators in Europe, making it an excellent location for doing business. The city boasts a strong digital infrastructure, a young and talented workforce, and excellent standards of living. Professionals in the city can take advantage of all the benefits of new experiences without sacrificing the convenience of staying in touch with clients and colleagues.
City guests stress the convenience of living or visiting the city: the city's culinary and café scenes are on point, and the Vilnius nightlife and choice of cultural events often make bigger cities blush – there's always something going on here. Everything is within walking or biking distance and the atmosphere is more than welcoming.
Vilnians are willing to recommend exploring various city aspects to city guests and new residents. According to a poll of locals conducted by Go Vilnius in June 2018, 28.8% of Vilnius residents would invite foreigners to Lithuania's capital to discover valuable architectural objects and 27.8% would recommend that others come to the city its for beautiful nature. Moreover, 15.5% of survey respondents would name the most important reason to come to Vilnius contemporary art events and objects, while 13.9% mentioned tasty food and 6.2% of Vilnians would recommend their city to foreign guests for leisure and fun activities.
Angelique Miller, Brand & Marketing Director at Expedia Group Media Solutions, commented, "We are delighted to be taking part in this Workation initiative organised by Go Vilnius. We believe that travel broadens the mind and is a wonderful way to gain new perspective. Our team is looking forward to working from Vilnius for a week and experiencing all that the city has to offer. We hope everyone will return with new insights and perspectives that they can share across our entire organisation."
Remigijus Simasius, the Mayor of Vilnius, said, "We are very happy with the results of this campaign; it brought our city a lot of exposure among different countries and companies representing key business partners, like the UK and Denmark. We hope our guests will find their week in Vilnius a pleasure for both work and leisure. We are ready to give them a one-of-a-kind test-drive of the city."