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Saturday, 23.05.2015, 02:41
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.
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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.
On May 12, 2015 Lithuanian State Tourism Department and the Lithuanian Embassy in Sweden, together with partners in Stockholm, held an event presenting Lithuanian tourism opportunities to Swedish tourism media.
Forecasts claiming that tourism flows will subside in Lithuania because of the war in Ukraine were not true: Russian tourists have been replaced by guests from neighbouring countries, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to Vakaru ekspresas.
The Latvian carrier airBaltic has extended its code share partnership with Uzbekistan Airways, to offer convenient connections between New York JFK and airports in the Baltic Sea region, reported BC vice president of corporate communications at airBaltic Janis Vanags.
Mediterranean refugee smugglers who had created a a web page in the Facebook, used the picture of Tallink's ship Silja Serenade, promising a luxurious sea trip to people wanting to go from North Africa to Europe, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
According to Statistics Estonia, 188,000 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in March 2015, which is 3% fewer than in March 2014. The number of foreign tourists decreased and the number of domestic tourists increased.
The ports managed by Estonian state-owned Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) serviced in April 2015, 2.05 million tonnes of cargo and 699,704 passengers; as compared to the same period last year, the cargo volume fell by 10%, the passenger number was practically equal to the previous year, or 0.3%, the company announced LETA.
The Latvian national airline airBaltic on May 9, 2015, launched two new direct routes linking Frankfurt and Dortmund with the sunny German Island of Usedom in the Baltic Sea, marking the first time the airline offers direct flights between destinations both of which are outside of the Baltic States, reported BC Janis Vanags.
Significant increase in number of visa applications received by Latvian Embassy to Georgia in 4 months
In the first four months of the year 2015, the number of visa applications received by the Latvian Embassy to Georgia has tripled, the embassy informed LETA.