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Friday, 30.01.2015, 06:49
In January-December 2014, the overall cargo handling in the Baltic Eastern Coast Seaports totalled 122 216 490.8368 161,5 thou. tn; the year-on-year change is +3,6% or +8 12 681,6 thou. tn, reports BC Klaipeda port’s press service.
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The Latvian capital Riga has been nominated as one of 20 cities competing for being named Europe’s top travel destination in the annual European Best Destination awards 2015.
The number of Russian tourists visiting Latvia last year reduced by 6% when compared to 2013, reports LETA, according to statistics from the Economy Ministry and the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA).
International tourist arrivals reached 1,138 million in 2014, a 4.7% increase over the previous year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. For 2015, UNWTO forecasts international tourism to grow by 3% to 4%, further contributing to the global economic recovery, reported BC senior media officer of UNWTO Marcelo Risi.
Ryanair, Europe’s favourite low fares airline, on January 23rd celebrated its 8 millionth customer on flights to and from Riga. The lucky passenger, Inna Kudrjasova, arriving from London Stansted was greeted by Ryanair and the airport management at Riga airport.
airBaltic, the world’s most punctual airline, will launch a new route between Riga and Thessaloniki (Greece) this summer, on June 5, 2015. The new route will add another popular summer destination for Baltic travellers, as well as connecting travellers from the south with Riga, and beyond to destinations in the Baltics, Europe, Scandinavia, CIS and the Middle East.
The restaurant and recreation center on Krasta Street run by the Latvian catering company Lido, has served more than 35 million customers during the 15 years since it opened, the company informed LETA.
In 2014, historically the largest volume of cargo was handled at the Riga port terminals, exceeding the 2014 objectives, set by the Freeport of Riga Authority. Overall, 41.08 million tons of various cargo were transshipped at the Freeport of Riga, which is by 15.8% or 5.6 million tons more than in 2013.
Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) informed the Tallinn Stock Exchange that it enters the Maltese market and opens its largest casino in Malta's top tourism region, informs LETA.
Director of the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA), Armands Slokenbergs has submitted his resignation to the Economy Ministry, as Economy Minister Dana Rezniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) said in an interview with the LNT show "900 sekundes" this morning, cites LETA.
Krasnodar Krai Governor Alexander Tkachev has confirmed that the pop music festival "New Wave" will move from Latvian Jurmala to Sochi, reports LETA, referring to the newspaper "Kommersant".
According to Statistics Estonia, 216,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in November 2014, which was 3% more than in November 2013. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.
In 2015, the non-life insurance company BTA paid around EUR 35,000 to clients of the Lithuanian bankrupt travel organiser Go Planet Travel, reports LETA/ELTA.
In 2014, a total of 3.79 million passengers used the services of Lithuanian airports, mostly Vilnius International Airport. Compared 2014 with 2013, the number of passengers in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports increased by 9%, while the number of flights increased by 10%, writes LETA/ELTA.
Väinamere Liinid, which operates ferry traffic on the Estonian mainland-Saaremaa island, mainland-Hiiumaa island and Saaremaa-Hiiumaa island routes, witnessed 3.8% growth in passenger numbers in 2014 while the number of vehicles transported grew by 6.1%, LETA/Postimees Online reports.