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Tuesday, 28.02.2017, 14:42
The Latvian airline airBaltic in cooperation with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29, 2017, airBaltic representative informed BC.
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In 2016, 2.3 mln visitors were hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments, which was 7.7% more than the year before. According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the respective indicator has increased by 75 % from the 1.3 million hosted in 2010. As compared to 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 7.5%. The average duration of a visitor's stay at an accommodation establishment was 1.9 nights.
Riga International Airport received 369,666 passengers this January, which was a 4.4 percent rise against the same period last year, according to information released by the airport.
Spending by foreign visitors at Lithuanian retail stores fell by 11% in 2016 compared with 2015 and the value of the average shopping basket was down by 5%, the business daily Verslo Zinios reported on Tuesday, citing data from the tax refund company Global Blue Lietuva, writes LETA/BNS.
Foreign visitors made 6 million visits to Estonia in 2016, which is about 4% more than in 2015. Foreign visitors consumed more than 1.3 bln euros of goods and services in Estonia in 2016, which was 2% more than in 2015.
The state-owned Estonian airline Nordica carried in partnership with LOT Polish Airlines 33,900 passengers in January, 77% more than in the same month last year.
Lithuania's Economy Ministry has called the leadership of the State Tourism Department to explain the reasons behind the use of photographs taken abroad to promote Lithuania, reports LETA/BNS.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route between Riga and Kazan, Russia on April 26, 2017. The new route will offer convenient travel options for travellers from the Baltics and Russia. the airBaltic representative informed BC.
The number of Russian tourists visiting Estonia grew faster last year than in Europe on the average and expectations concerning Russian visitors are high for the future too, the chief tourism development executive of Enterprise Estonia said LETA/BNS.
Riga International Airport as the leading airport in the Baltic countries reached a new passenger traffic record in 2016, servicing nearly half of the total number of passengers of the Baltic airports. Also this year, the Airport expects to ensure passenger growth progression, the airport representative informed BC.
The 24th International Travel Trade Fair “Balttour 2017”, the largest and most important travel market in the Baltic States annually marking the start of the new tourist season will be held at Kipsala International Exhibition Centre in Riga from 3–5 February.
Hotels and other tourism accommodation establishments in Lithuania last year attracted more guests than those in Latvia and Estonia, figures from the EU statistics office Eurostat showed on Tuesday writes LETA.
Hotel Telegraaf has signed licence agreement with the world’s largest hotel company Marriott International. According to the agreement, Telegraaf will be Marriott’s first hotel partner in Estonia and become a part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott’s growing portfolio of characterful independent hotels, Hotel Telegraaf representatives informed BC.
The Romantika, a ferry operated by Estonia’s Tallink Grupp, that was damaged in rough seas on its way from Stockholm to Riga last night, and is still on its way to Riga, is safe enough to leave for Stockholm at midnight, reports LETA.
The Romantika, a ferry operated by Estonia’s Tallink Grupp, was damaged in rough seas on its way from Stockholm to Riga last night, the ferry company informed LETA.