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Wednesday, 25.11.2015, 08:11
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in III quarter 2015, accommodation establishments accommodated by 7.3% more guests than in the same quarter of 2014 and received 894.6 thousand tourists.
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According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in the 3rd quarter of 2015, 543.5 thsd foreign visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 3.6% more than in the 3rd quarter of 2014; in turn the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in accommodation establishments dropped by 3.3%.
Foreign tourists bought 7.5 million liters of absolute alcohol in Estonia in 2014, of which 6.2 million liters was taken outside of the country, alcohol market's yearbook shows, cites LETA/BNS.
According to Tallinn's accommodation establishments, bookings made so far show that at the end of the year 2015, 20% more Russian tourists are expected to visit Tallinn and stay overnight than last year, reports LETA.
The Lithuanian Economy Ministry will discuss setting up a travel guarantee fund to which package travel retailers would contribute and which would be used to ensure that tourists receive a refund of their payments if a tour operator becomes insolvent or goes bankrupt , Verslo Zinios reported on Monday, cites BNS/LETA.
Unaudited revenue of the listed Estonian shipping group AS Tallink Group in the third quarter increased by 4.2% to 273.6 million euros, EBITDA rose 20.1% to 76.8 million euros and net profit 25.1% to 45.2 million euros, informs LETA/BNS.
The Embassy of Lithuania in China on November 11th officially inaugurated the VFS Lithuania Visa Application Center in Beijing, which will allow extending the collection of visa applications, reported BC the Lithuanian MFA.
The port company of the southwestern Estonian sea resort Parnu, Parnu Sadam AS, has signed an agreement with the cruise ship operator Noble Caledonia under which the company's ship Serenissima will berth at the Parnu city center port for the first time on July 17, 2017, informs LETA.
With less money earmarked for the marketing of Lithuania as a tourism destination in 2016 compared with 2015, it is feared that less advertising abroad will lead to a decline in foreign tourist arrivals, the business daily Verslo Zinios reported on November 11th, reports LETA/BNS.
Altogether 786,919 passengers passed through the ports of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn in October 2015, which is 5.5% more than in October 2014 and also the best result of all time in October, informs LETA/BNS.
The listed Estonian shipper AS Tallink Grupp has sold its fast ferry MS Superstar for 91.5 million euros to Medinvest SpA and the ferry will continue serving passengers on the Tallinn-Helsinki route in accordance with a chartering contract until the new LNG fast ferry currently under construction is ready at the beginning of 2017, informs LETA/BNS.
According to Statistics Estonia, 235,300 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in September 2015, which was 1% more than in September 2014. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.
The direct and indirect profit connected with the passenger traffic at Tallinn airport for the Estonian society was 3.2% of the gross domestic product and profit connected with Estonian Air was at least 0.9% of GDP, an analysis carried out by economic analyst Maris Lauri in 2013 shows, cites LETA.
At the moment, there are 460 tourists from Latvia in Egypt, including 270 in Sharm el-Sheikh and 190 in Hurghada, informs LETA.
In October 2015, 2.2 million tons of goods passed through the ports of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn, 7.4% more than in the same month last year. The ports handled altogether 19.2 million tons of freight in the first ten months of the year, 18.5% less than in January-October a year ago, writes BNS/LETA.