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Thursday, 08.12.2016, 02:06
The Latvian rural tourism industry has seen the number of guests drop by 5-10 percent this year, LETA was told at Lauku Celotajs (Rural Traveler) association.
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Tallinn is the best bargain choice for travelers to Christmas markets, second is Latvian capital Riga, according to information provided by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) who cited results of the latest European Christmas Markets Barometer by the British retail post office company Post Office writes LETA.
Tourist facilities in Latvia's rural areas are receiving more and more tourists from Japan and China, Katrina Serzante, a travel advisor at the Latvian rural tourism association Lauku Celotajs (Rural Traveler), informed LETA.
With the aim of strengthening its position in the Baltic Sea region, the Latvian map publishing company Jana Seta has purchased Finnish tourist map company Oy e-City Ab, the company informed LETA.
Ticket sales for the 212-meter Megastar, the newest member of the Tallink fleet to be delivered by a Finnish shipbuilder in 2017, will open on Tuesday and plans are for the ferry to make her first journey on the Helsinki-Tallinn route on Jan. 29, reports LETA/BNS.
Russian Foreign Ministry drafts document for visa-free travel of Latvian and Estonian non-citizens to Russia
The Russian Foreign Ministry has drafted a presidential decree that would give rights of visa-free travel to Russia also to those Latvian and Estonian non-citizens, who had been born after February 6, 1992, when the Soviet Union citizenship ceased to exist, according to pravda.ru writes LETA.
The Latvian national airline airBaltic will start Bombardier CS300 commercial operations on December 14, 2016, on its route linking Riga with Amsterdam, the airline BC announced.
The number of passengers served at the Riga port reached 496,000 in January-October this year, growing 7.1% compared to the ten-month period last year, the Riga port representative said BC.
A four-star hotel Courtyard by Marriot should be built in the territory of the former Zalgiris Stadium in central Vilnius in mid-2018. On Wednesday, real estate development company Hanner signed a franchise contract with Marriot International, the world's largest hotel group, reports LETA/BNS.
Foreign tourists made more than two million visits to Estonia in the third quarter of 2016 and spent 430 mln euros here, 10 mln euros more than in the third quarter of 2015, the central bank said on Wednesday.
Destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is 34 million more than in the same period of 2015, a 4% increase.
Friday 4 November saw Lithuania’s Martynas Pravilonis named the best sommelier in the Baltic States at the Vana Tallinn Baltic Sommelier Grand Prix in the Latvian capital Rīga. The exciting final saw Lithuania’s Narimantas Miežys take 2nd place, while Latvia’s Agnese Meiersone finished in 3rd place. Estonia’s Marika Tikas was named Best Young Sommelier.
Estonian tourism and hotel associations have once again asked the parliament to put off the planned rise in the value added tax rate for accommodation establishments, reports LETA/BNS.
A "yes" or "no" of the Chinese prime minister means much in promoting further actions, and during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Latvia there were many affirmative answers regarding development of cooperation, said Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) in an interview with the Latvian public television on Monday,cites LETA.
e planned size of an investment fund China is setting up for cooperation with 16 Central and Eastern European (CEE) states is EUR 10 billion, China's Xinhua news agency information reported LETA.