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Saturday, 28.05.2016, 01:04
The number of nights visitors spent at Riga's hotels and other tourist facilities in the first quarter of 2016 rose by 15% against the same period a year ago to 416,956 nights, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau's representative Anna Blaua told LETA.
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More than 35,000 foreigners attended the 550 or so international conferences that took place in Estonia in 2015 and the conference visitors left an estimated 40 million euros here, the conference tourism industry association informed LETA/BNS.
According to the listed Estonian casino group Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) it cannot be ruled out that the house of Hilton Tallinn Park, the first Hilton hotel in the Baltic countries, which is to open at the beginning of June 2016, will be sold one day, but there is no point in speculating about that now, informs LETA/BNS.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in the 1st quarter of 2016 more than 366.0 thsd visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 1.6% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, the number of foreign visitors grew by 2.5%, and the number of nights spent increased by 7.6%.
The purchasing side in an off-exchange trade made with shares of the listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp on the Tallinn stock exchange on May 13 in the total amount of 18.5 million euros was Baltic Cruises Investment, the third biggest shareholder in the shipper, which increased its holding by 3.4%, informs LETA/BNS.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in I quarter 2016, accommodation establishments received 468.8 thousand guests, or by 12.2% more than in the same quarter of 2015. The number of tourists from the EU countries totalled 119.6 thousand (by 12.9% more than in the same quarter of 2015), from non-EU countries – 114 thousand (by 10.1per cent more).
Superbus on May 23rd opened a regular bus service between Tallinn and Riga, an extension of the Tallinn-Parnu service, informs LETA/BNS.
The Estonian operator of intercity buses Lux Express has said its passenger numbers in the three months from February to April 2016 grew by 21% year over year as a result of the new Public Transport Act, which allowed to put timetables in order and add new departures, informs LETA/BNS.
A group of Japanese tour operators have arrived in Latvia with the aim of acquainting themselves with Latgale Province, Inta Briede from the Latvian Investment and Development Agency's Tourism Department informed LETA.
Latvia's Swedbank by 2020 plans to invest EUR 1 million in the movement of the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration, Swedbank board chairman Maris Mancinskis said in a press conference on May 16th, cites LETA.
In the second half of the year 2016, D.N.H. plans to open Park Inn by Radisson hotel on Krisjana Valdemara Street in Riga, Astor Group’s representative Marcis Krastins told LETA.
Leisure carrier Small Planet Airlines GmbH obtained their German Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and will now operate flights under German registration. Small Planet Airlines Group began offering its services to the German market last autumn and from the first steps had a clear vision to establish an AOC in Germany, reported BC Simonas Bartkus, the head of marketing department at Small Planet Airlines.
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2015, Estonian museums were visited 3.6 million times, which is 5.7% less than a year before. The number of museums remained unchanged compared to 2014.
Industrial tourism may be profitable, show examples from food production companies in Lithuania, which see this as an efficient marketing instrument, even if revenues from visitors cover the costs only, Verslo Zinios daily said, cites LETA/BNS.
Unaudited sales revenue of the listed Estonian shipper AS Tallink Grupp increased by 1.4% to 192.8 million euros, while EBITDA decreased by 16.3% to 16.3 million euros and net loss declined by 9.9% to 12 million euros, informs LETA/BNS.