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Tuesday, 26.05.2015, 04:35
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in the 1st quarter of 2015 there were 360.5 thsd visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments, which is 3.4% more than in the 1st quarter of 2014.
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In 2015, the student research paper competition “The Port for the City” is held to commemorate the 815th Anniversary of the Freeport of Riga. The students’ ideas related to enlargement of the Riga Passenger Port earned the highest evaluation. The winners of the competition Karlina Osa and Zane Narnicka (Latvian Maritime Academy Maritime School) hope that their future profession will be linked with the port of Riga.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will improve connections between Riga and Poprad, Slovakia, by doubling flight frequency. Also airBaltic will launch a new direct route from Warsaw, Poland, linking the city with Poprad, Slovakia. This will offer convenient connections between the cities and beyond to destinations in the Baltic region, Scandinavia, Russia and the CIS countries, informs BC Janis Vanags.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in I quarter 2015, accommodation establishments received 415.5 thousand guests, or by 5.1% more than in the same quarter of 2014. The number of tourists from the EU countries totalled 106 thousand (by 18.2% more than in the same quarter of 2014), from non-EU countries – 103.5 thousand (by 14.9% less).
In January-April 2015, the overall cargo handling in the Baltic Eastern Coast Seaports totalled 123 776,4 thou. tn; the year-on-year change is +0.7% or +897,5 thou. tn, reports BC Klaipeda port’s press service.
On May 20th 2015, the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Simasius and the Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin participated in the ceremony of the “Step challenge” awards hosted by the Embassy of Sweden to Lithuania, informed BC the municipality.
Lithuania has been recognized as one of the leaders in the EU for growth in innovation in a new European Commission report. The report, called the Innovation Union Scoreboard, uses 25 different indicators to compare the capacity for innovation of different EU member states. It identified Lithuania as a rapidly developing business location for research and development, informed BC the Invest Lithuania.
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is proud to announce the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, a contributor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek in Russia; Lourdes Ramírez, a freelance journalist in Honduras; and Linda Deutsch, a special correspondent and trial reporter (retired) for the Associated Press, reports BC IWMF.
The team of the Department of Semiconductor Physics of the Vilnius University, headed by professor Juozas Vidmantis Vaitkus, following the framework of the AIDA project (4 year project within the EU FP7 Research Infrastructures programme) was to study the possibility to use a microwave absorption technique for radiation monitoring in the proton irradiation facility at CERN. The Vilnius University team produced a cost effective, flexible and easy to handle fluence monitoring system, reports BC university’s press service.
55% companies in Latvia are planning to invest in their business in 2015, according to a survey carried out by Swedbank. 29% of companies are planning no investments, and 16% have not decided yet, reports LETA.
Statistics Lithuania informs that in April 2015 industrial production totalled EUR 1.55 billion at current prices and, compared to March, decreased by 2% at constant prices, seasonally and working day adjusted – increased by 3.4%. In January–April 2015, industrial production totalled EUR 6.0 billion at current prices and compared to the same period of 2014, grew by 3.6%.
Rimantas Sinkevicius, minister of transport and communications of Lithuania, during the meeting held in Astana with the First Vice-Minister for Investment and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan Janis Kasimbet, expressed Lithuania's position on bilateral cooperation in the field of transport and further prospects of its development, Lithuania's ministry informed BC.
Director of Lithuania's State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT) Dr Jonas Milius together with delegation led by Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius this week participates in official meetings of visit to Kazakhstan with the highest officials of country, reports BC the press service of VMVT.
Estonian fruit and vegetable processing industries' sales revenue l was 68 million euros in 2014, which is 4.8% more than in the previous year, Public Broadcasting cites the Ministry of Agriculture review of the sector.
Dairy company Food Union sends its first container of ice cream to China to the city of Shanghai today, informs LETA.