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Friday, 07.03.2014, 11:18
From March 22 onwards, the citizens of Latvia will be able to travel visa-free to the United Arab Emirates, the Foreign Ministry's Press and Information Division informed LETA.
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The new business-class hotel Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria will open its doors in early April 2014 in Estonia, informs LETA, referring to the Estonian Convention Bureau.
Estonia’s largest passenger shipping company AS Tallink Grupp told NASDAQ OMX Tallinn that in February 2014, it transported 643,788 passengers which is nearly a 2% increase compared to February 2013, informs LETA.
In February 2014, the Estonian state-owned port management company AS Tallinna Sadam (Port of Tallinn) handled 2.6 million tonnes of cargo, which is at the same level as last year while passenger number grew by 6%, the company announced LETA.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau on freight transport, in 2013 the total volume of freights carried in main transport sectors has risen by 2% as compared to 2012.
In January of 2014 the performance of the Freeport of Riga was much better than in January 2013 – total cargo turnover increased by 13,2%, reaching 3,23 million tons. The result is outstanding compared to other Baltic ports: there was a considerable turnover decline in Ventspils – 3,4%; Klaipeda –15,3%; Butinge – 49,9%; Liepaja – 31,9%, with the only exception – Tallinn had positive growth (+ 0,2%), reports BC Riga port’s press service.
Estonian passenger shipping company AS Tallink Grupp informed the Tallinn Stock Exchange that while its profit grew considerably in the fourth quarter of last year, but the 2013 total profit fell, informs LETA.
In 2013, 2.2 million of tourists stayed in Lithuania's accommodation establishments and this was 10.5% more as compared to 2012. In 2013, the number of the foreign tourists increased by 9.7%, while the number of the local tourist – by 11.4%, informs LETA/ELTA.
In June 2012, Estonian construction company Nordecon began court proceedings in the arbitrary court of Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry against Estonian Maritime Museum regarding the claims and surcharges arising from construction contract (signed as the result of public tender) for the reconstruction works at Seaplane Harbor exhibition building in Tallinn, the court on February 26, 2014, decided to favor Nordecon, the company reported LETA.
The hotel experts' commission decided to officially grant five stars to the Savoy Boutique Hotel in Tallinn, which thus becomes the fourth 5-star hotel in Estonia, LETA/Postimees Online reports.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in IV quarter 2013, accommodation establishments accommodated by 17.6% more guests than in the same quarter of 2012, and received 479.8 thousand tourists.
Estonia-based construction company Nordecon and Estonia Spa Hotels have signed an agreement on the design and construction works for the annex of Estonia Spa hotel and spa complex in Parnu (town situated in southwestern part of Estonia), LETA was reported by Nordecon.
A special scheme for development of routes is being established in Lithuania. It is aimed to promote launching new or financially risky, yet important to Lithuania air transport routes. It is promised to provide airlines with incentives to launch new direct flights from or to Lithuanian airports, reports LETA/ELTA.
The open tender for an operator of a vessel line between Tallinn and an island Aegna, organized by Tallinn Transport Department, was won by a company Kihnu Veeteed, reported LETA the City of Tallinn.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in 2013 the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments (1) comprised 1.8 mln people who spent there 3.8 mln nights. Compared to 2012, the number of persons served rose by 11.8%, but the number of overnight stays - by 6.4%.