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Wednesday, 03.09.2014, 07:35
The number of Russian tourists in Europe has reduced by 30-40% due to the crisis in Ukraine, and this tendency will inevitably affect Latvia as well, CEO of the travel agency Baltic Travel Group Vlads Korjagins told LETA.
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Four new hotels will have their grand openings in Riga in 2015, two of them with a five-star rating, according to information provided by Nozare.lv, cites LETA.
Air Lituanica improved its forecasted passenger traffic in summer months 2014, it was chosen by more than 45 thousand passengers. In autumn, the airline will offer 42 weekly departures by regular flights from Vilnius airport, Air Lituanica has announced LETA/ELTA.
The number of people embarking on country holidays in Latvia has grown again in 2014, and (despite grim predictions), developments in Ukraine did not bring down the number of vacationers from Russia, reports LETA/Nozare.lv.
In January-July 2014, the overall cargo handling in the Baltic Eastern Coast Seaports totalled 122 216 490.8 thou. tn; the year-on-year change is +4,3% or +8 917,1 thou. tn, reports BC Klaipeda port’s press service.
According to the data of Central Statistical Bureau, the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments1 in the 2nd quarter of the year 2014 comprised 564.0 thousand people, which is 19.7% more than in the 2nd quarter of the last year.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in II quarter 2014, accommodation establishments accommodated by 9.5% more guests than in the same quarter of 2013 and received 637.7 thousand tourists.
On 21 August, 2014, the first charter flight from Japan landed at Tallinn Airport. This is the first charter service of its kind to bring Japanese tourists straight from Osaka to Tallinn, reports BC airport’s press service.
The U.S. magazine New York Times admires Latvia's Baroque-style Rundale Palace, calling it the "Latvian Versailles", cites LETA.
Travel agency Tez Tour turned over EUR 21,583,681 and earned EUR 446,663, reports LETA/Nozare.lv, according to information provided by Firmas.lv.
The average turnover of Latvian companies in the lodging industry has grown by 14.27% since 2011, according to information provided by Lursoft, cites LETA/Nozare.lv.
The Port Festival 2014, that has become a beautiful tradition, is part and parcel of the annual Riga City Festival. This year the main Port festival events “Ielu muzikas diena (The Street Music Day)”, “Kanala Regate 2014 (Regatta of the Canal). The Freeport of Riga Cup” and 24-hour outdoor basketball tournament “Krastu Macs (The Game of Two River Banks)” will take place on August 16-17, 2014, reports BC the port’s press service.
Compared to July 2013, the volume of various cargos handled at the Freeport of Riga in 2014 has increased by 15, 8% – almost 3, 5 million tons were transshipped within one month, informed BC the port’s press service.
During the first half of 2014, the coach operator Ecolines carried 10% more passengers than in the respective period of 2013, whereas the company's turnover increased by 2%, the company informed the business portal Nozare.lv, cites LETA.
Estonian passenger shipping company Tallink informed the Tallinn Stock Exchange that its net profit fell by a third in the second quarter of the year 2014, as both geopolitical events, as well as ship maintenance work had a major impact on results, informs LETA.