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Wednesday, 22.05.2013, 09:24
The European Commission's international jury has decided to award the Melina Mercouri Prize to the "Riga 2014" foundation that is organizing Riga's program of the Capital of Culture, according to the European Capitals of Culture monitoring report.
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Representatives of more than 20 Estonian hotels and restaurants visited Moscow tourism convention to attract Russian tourists, the Estonian national broadcasting corporation ERR said in a statement referring to ETV. Estonia was visited by 300,000 Russian tourists in 2012, writes LETA.
The port and airport of Tallinn expect to host 16,000 tourists who switch from planes to cruise ships, or vice versa, the Estonian news portal BBN said in a statement, informs LETA.
In the near future, Riga City Council's Property Department will announce a tender for the right to run nine bicycle rental stands in Riga, which last year offered "BalticBike", LETA learned from the Riga City Council.
This week, on May 14, Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene met with David Curtis-Brignell, board member of the Tourism Society – professional membership body for people working in all sectors of the visitor economy. Possibilities for tourism promotion between Lithuania and the UK were explored, with particular emphasis on the forthcoming Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council (July-December 2013), reported LETA the Embassy of Lithuania in the UK.
Estonian motor vessel Juku opens its sailing season today, on May 17, Tallinn City Council said in a statement. The period of carrying passengers will last till mid-October, informs LETA.
Latvian airline airBaltic has improved its net result by LVL + 6.7 milllion in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period a year ago, informed BC vice president of corporate communications at airBaltic Janis Vanags.
Over 100 cultural heritage landmarks around Estonia will be marked with QR codes linking to visitestonia.com database, Estonian entrepreneurship support organization EAS said in a statement, informs LETA.
Estonian passenger shipping company AS Tallink Grupp informed the Tallinn stock exchange that the company's unaudited net loss for the first quarter of the year 2013 was EUR 17.7 million or EUR 0.03 per share compared to the net loss of EUR 19.0 million or EUR 0.03 per share in the same period last year, writes LETA.
Estonian subsidiary of a travel agency Estravel stated that this spring sales of trips to warm resort countries for the summer rocketed due to rather cool weather, reported LETA, referring to Estonian business news portal dv.ee.
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2013, over half a million foreign and domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 5% more than in the same period of the previous year. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.
On 12 May 2013, Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new route from Riga to Malta. The new route of airBaltic will offer convenient travel between the airports, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Scandinavia, Russia, and the CIS, reports BC Janis Vanags, vice president of corporate communications at airBaltic.
The city of Liepaja has won the "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) competition and named the European Destination of Excellence in Latvia, EDEN representatives informed LETA/Nozare.lv.
Estonia's largest travel agency Estravel boosted in 2012 both sales and profits, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
Before the summer Lithuania's resorts counted results of the cold season. More people visited Druskininkai resort than the seaside, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to Lietuvos rytas.