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Wednesday, 27.05.2015, 14:47
A joint meeting titled Building a Baltic Tourism Region – Investment for Tomorrow was held by the Economics, Energy and Innovation Committee, the Education, Science and Culture Committee, and the Welfare Committee of the Baltic Assembly in Lithuanian Jurbarkas. Keynote speakers of the meeting focused on the long-term Baltic tourism strategy, reports BC Seimas press service.
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Estonian state-owned port operator Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) council decided on Tuesday that the operator of the new ferryboats that are being built to operate the connection between the mainland and Estonia's big islands will be its subsidiary TS Laevad OÜ; the council also gave instructions to the board of Tallinna Sadam to start preparatory work for compiling the crews, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The Latvian national airline airBaltic on May 26, 2015, launched a new route between Riga and Dubrovnik, Croatia, reported BC Janis Vanags.
In autumn 2015, Saare Golf will bring golf tourists from Scandinavia to Estonia’s largest island Saaremaa with Estonian Air convenient direct flights, Estonian Air announced LETA.
On 22 May 2015, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the Council (Coreper) endorsed the terms of an agreement between the Latvian presidency and European Parliament representatives on the reform of the Travel Package Directive, reports eu2015.lv.
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.
The Russian Railways is negotiating to restore the train service between Tallinn and Moscow with a route via St Petersburg, Delfi reports, citing Russian Federal Passenger Company (FPC) Director General Mikhail Akulov.
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.
The Seimas of Lithuania has adopted amendments to the Law on Tourism to reinforce consumer (tourist) protection and monitoring of tourism service providers, reported BC the press service of the Lithuania parliament.
Estonia's biggest passenger shipping company AS Tallink Grupp plans to pay dividends of 0.02 euros per share to its shareholders, in the total amount of 13,398,000 euros, informs LETA.
Board chairman of the Saaremaa Shipping Company (SLK) Tõnis Rihvk refuted on May 15th speculations that SLK, which will lose its contract for servicing Estonian mainland-islands ferry routes in the autumn of 2016, is taking its new passenger ferries to Germany and will replace them with old and smaller ones already this summer, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
According to Statistics Estonia, there were 3.8 million museum visits in 2014, which is 15% more than the year before. The number of museum visits set a new record.
There were fewer visits to Estonia and fewer trips abroad by Estonians in the first quarter of the year 2015 than at the same time last year, Estonia's central bank Eesti Pank cites its fresh foreign travel statistics.
Estonian biggest passenger shipping company AS Tallink Group reported to the Tallinn Stock Exchange that its unaudited net loss for the first quarter of the 2015 financial year was EUR 13.3 million or EUR 0.02 per share compared to the net loss of EUR 23.4 million or EUR 0.03 per share in the same period last year, informs LETA.