Circular Conference – Following the Trails of Coastal Tourism

Practical and inspiring training day for tourism stakeholders

On 11 May 2023, the first circular conference focusing on coastal tourism will be held in Pärnu County as part of the Erasmus+ project Skills4CMT (Sector-Specific Skills Development in Coastal and Maritime Tourism).

The conference will entail exciting short lectures on the potential of dark tourism and the impact of films on the development of coastal tourism destinations, visiting a cinema basement hall at Tõstamaa Manor as well as Valgeranna Veinitall winery while tasting Mamm&Frukt wines. Café Vana Kooli – a hidden pearl in the old schoolhouse of Lindi, which is recommended by White Guide 2023 – will be introduced by the hostess there. Lunch is served at the restaurant located in the historic Tõstamaa Meierei dairy house, which has also received the White Guide 2023 recommendation.

All tourism developers in Estonia are kindly welcome to participate in the conference – tour operators, guides, destination developers, and others.

A bus will take participants from and to UT Pärnu College on the route of Pärnu College–Audru–Lindi–Tõstamaa–Pärnu College.

Skills4CMT Circular Conference Map


09:45 Gathering at Pärnu College
09:55 Starting the journey on the trails of the Circular Conference

  • Wine tasting at Valgeranna Veinitall winery. An old manor-era horse arena where you can find the production of Mamm&Frukt craft wines.
  • Lecture "Shadows over the beach: dark tourism potential of coastal areas" by Ilze Grinfelde, Lecturer at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.


  • White Guide 2023 recommends: coffee/tea and cake at Café Vana Kooli (old school café). Under the old linden trees is the former Linden Manor, where the unique café operates in the beloved community centre.
  • Lecture "Circular economy in rural tourism businesses – more than just recycling", Sanna-Mari Renfors, Head of Tourism Research and Development at the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences.


  • Lunch at Tõstamaa Meierei country hotel & restaurant. Guests are greeted by the flavours of the coastal folk. 
    Cutlet from Pärnu Bay pike, potato puree, apple and sugar pea salad, carrot-beurre blanc sauce and blanched broccoli. Lemon cream. Tea/coffee/water

14:00 A short walk (600 m) to Tõstamaa Manor & cinema basement hall

  • "Introduction to the learning module of coastal tourism destinations" (in Estonian), Margrit Kärp, Junior Lecturer in Spa Management at UT Pärnu College
  • Lecture "The power of film", Marit Piirman, Junior Lecturer in Tourism Services at UT Pärnu College
  • Museum tour "Cinema Museum experience", Liina Käär, Head of Department of Social Work Administration and Junior Lecturer in Social Work at UT Pärnu College

16:15 Starting the return trip to Pärnu

17:00 Ending the conference day at UT Pärnu College

The event is FREE OF CHARGE; however, the number of seats is limited! The programme is in English.
The activities are funded by the Skills4CMT project as part of the Erasmus+ programme. Read more about the project