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Sunday, 14.02.2016, 18:55
According to the Estonian Travel and Tourism Association, the increase of domestic tourism in 2015 cannot compensate for the deficit arising from the decrease of foreign tourism and therefore it is important to increase the share of foreign tourism in long-term perspective, informs LETA/BNS.
The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new summer charter flight between Riga and Rimini on June 5, 2016 for Tez Tour, informed BC Janis Vanags.
The Estonian state owned airline Nordic Aviation will open a seasonal route from Tallinn to Odessa, Ukraine in collaboration with Adria Airways in addition to the services of the summer season announced earlier, reports LETA/BNS.
Four new hotels, which may be operated by international chains Hilton, Marriott and Accor, are planned to be built in the territory of a future modern congress center in the heart of Vilnius, mayor of the Lithuanian capital Remigijos Simasius has said, cites LETA/BNS.
Altogether 547,164 passengers passed through the ports of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn in January 2016, which is 5.5% more than in January 2015 and also the company's best result of all time for January, informs LETA/BNS.
The Freeport of Riga served 33,400 passengers in January 2016, which is a 5.4% rise from January 2015, informs LETA.
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2015, more than 3 million domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 1% more than in 2014. The number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.
There were 477,820 tons of cargo reloaded at the Liepaja port in south-western Latvia in January this year, which is a growth by 8.6% from January 2015 and also by 2.2% more than the monthly average in 2015, said Liga Ratniece-Kadege, a representative of the Liepaja Special Economic Zone (SEZ), cites LETA.
The number of foreign visitors was the same in 2015 as it was in 2014, as 6.2 million trips were made to Estonia, and foreign visitors consumed around 1.3 billion euros of goods and services in Estonia, the Bank of Estonia said on February 9th, cites LETA/BNS.
Latvia's seaside resort Jurmala in 2016 hopes to attract by 5% more tourists than last year, Jurmala city council spokeswoman Zane Leite told LETA.
In January-December 2015, the overall cargo handling in the Baltic Eastern Coast Seaports totalled 368 550,0 thou. tn; the year-on-year change is -0.1% or -353,6 thou. tn, reports BC Klaipeda port’s press service.
Hotels and restaurants operating in Estonia paid in 2015 taxes totaling more than 151 million euros, nearly 11% more than a year earlier, informs LETA/BNS.
The listed Estonian shipper Tallink Grupp carried 556,750 passengers in January, 3.3% more than in the same month a year ago, informs LETA/BNS.
A fund managed by investment management firm Lords LB Asset Management is set to acquire Comfort Hotel LT, a hotel in Vilnius, from Norway’s fund Selvaag Eastern European Development, reports LETA/BNS.
The minister of entrepreneurship in Estonia, Liisa Oviir, sees need for a more thorough analysis of a tourism tax mentioned as a possibility in the draft administrative reform law so as to assess its impact on Estonia's international competitiveness as a tourist destination, reports LETA/BNS.