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Friday, 06.03.2015, 22:04
During a meeting with Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony Center) at the Riga City Council today, Former Swedish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt discussed potential economic cooperation, as well as the Swedish furniture chain Ikea possibly expanding to Latvia, the Riga City Council informed LETA.
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Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today announced a new route from Riga to Berlin. The news comes as part of Ryanair’s announcement to open its 73rd base in Berlin during the ITB travel fair. The new Riga route will commence on the 27th October 2015 and will operate once a day, reports BC Elina Hakkarainen.
The Eurobarometer survey carried out in January revealed that 59% of the polled Lithuanians went on holiday abroad in 2014, informs LETA/ELTA.
In 2014, 2.4 million of tourists stayed at Lithuanian accommodation establishments, or by 8.2% more than in 2013. The number of foreign tourist in accommodation establishments of the country increased to 1.3 million, the number of local tourists exceeded 1 million, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to the State Department of Tourism (VTD).
In February 2015, AS Tallink Grupp transported 610,785 passengers, which is a 5% decrease compared to February 2014, Estonia’s largest passenger shipping company told NASDAQ OMX Tallinn, cites LETA.
Estonia's largest passenger shipping company Tallink informed the Tallinn stock exchange that it has decided to sell its ferries Regina Baltica and Silja Festival, informs LETA.
Estonia's biggest passenger shipping company AS Tallink Grupp and Meyer Turku Oy signed a contract for the construction of the LNG powered fast ferry for Tallinn-Helsinki route shuttle operations, Tallink announced LETA.
A total of 1,122,926 visitors stayed at hotels and other accommodations in Riga in 2014, which represents a 15.6% increase on 2013. The total number of tourists visiting the city reached 2 million last year, according to information from the Central Statistical Bureau, tabulated by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau.
Estonia's biggest passenger shipping company AS Tallink Grupp informed the Tallinn stock exchange that its unaudited net profit amounted to EUR 27.3 million or EUR 0.04 per share in 2014, which is a 37.1% decrease compared to the previous year, informs LETA.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in IV quarter 2014, accommodation establishments received 501.2 thousand guests, or by 4.4% more than in the same quarter of 2013.
The traveler portal "Premier Traveler" has ranked the Karosta Prison in Liepaja among world's 10 most unusual places to stay during a trip abroad, reports BC the Latvian Institute.
The organizers of the annual New Wave pop-music contest/festival have not reserved the dates for the festival in Jurmala in 2015, thus these dates have been reserved for other events and New Wave will not be held in the Latvian coastal resort city this summer, the head of the Dzintari Concert Hall Guntars Kirsis confirmed to LETA.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in 2014 the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments comprised 2.1 mln people who spent there 4.2 mln nights. Compared to 2013, the number of persons served rose by 14.1%, but the number of overnight stays – by 10.1%.
On Thursday, 19 February 2015, budget airline Ryanair congratulated its 2 millionth passenger in Vilnius International Airport, reports LETA/ELTA.
Travelers Andzs Ubelis and Martins Sils are planning to visit twenty countries during a 25,000-kilometer motorcycle expedition "2 Rati 2 Ragi" (2 Wheels 2 Horns) that will take three months, as the expedition's public relations consultant Arita Kruze told LETA.