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Saturday, 28.11.2015, 23:59
On November 26th, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma met President of China Xi Jinping and Prime Minister of China Li Keqiang in Beijing – the capital city of China. During both meetings, L. Straujuma expressed gratitude for excellent organization of 16 + 1 Summit, during which a clear perspective on future cooperation between China and Central and Eastern Europe was reached.
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According to the latest information from the Central Statistical Bureau, during the third quarter of the year (July, August and September), the Latvian coastal resort city of Jurmala registered a 17% increase in tourists when compared to the same period last year, LETA was informed by Jurmala City Council spokeswoman Zane Leite.
After successfully participating in the "IBTM World 2015" business travel fair in Spain, the Latvian capital Riga has been recognized as one of the 10 European cities best suited for organization of international congresses, conferences and corporate events, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) said, cites LETA.
According to Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal, who got familiar with the cost-benefit analysis of relaunching the Montu-Ventspils route between Estonia's Saaremaa Island and mainland Latvia, the idea might have potential, reports Saarte Haal, a regional newspaper owned by ferry businessman Vjatseslav Leedo, cites LETA/BNS.
According to the provisional data of Statistics Lithuania, in III quarter 2015, accommodation establishments accommodated by 7.3% more guests than in the same quarter of 2014 and received 894.6 thousand tourists.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in the 3rd quarter of 2015, 543.5 thsd foreign visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 3.6% more than in the 3rd quarter of 2014; in turn the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in accommodation establishments dropped by 3.3%.
Foreign tourists bought 7.5 million liters of absolute alcohol in Estonia in 2014, of which 6.2 million liters was taken outside of the country, alcohol market's yearbook shows, cites LETA/BNS.
According to Tallinn's accommodation establishments, bookings made so far show that at the end of the year 2015, 20% more Russian tourists are expected to visit Tallinn and stay overnight than last year, reports LETA.
The Lithuanian Economy Ministry will discuss setting up a travel guarantee fund to which package travel retailers would contribute and which would be used to ensure that tourists receive a refund of their payments if a tour operator becomes insolvent or goes bankrupt , Verslo Zinios reported on Monday, cites BNS/LETA.
Unaudited revenue of the listed Estonian shipping group AS Tallink Group in the third quarter increased by 4.2% to 273.6 million euros, EBITDA rose 20.1% to 76.8 million euros and net profit 25.1% to 45.2 million euros, informs LETA/BNS.
The Embassy of Lithuania in China on November 11th officially inaugurated the VFS Lithuania Visa Application Center in Beijing, which will allow extending the collection of visa applications, reported BC the Lithuanian MFA.
The port company of the southwestern Estonian sea resort Parnu, Parnu Sadam AS, has signed an agreement with the cruise ship operator Noble Caledonia under which the company's ship Serenissima will berth at the Parnu city center port for the first time on July 17, 2017, informs LETA.
With less money earmarked for the marketing of Lithuania as a tourism destination in 2016 compared with 2015, it is feared that less advertising abroad will lead to a decline in foreign tourist arrivals, the business daily Verslo Zinios reported on November 11th, reports LETA/BNS.
Altogether 786,919 passengers passed through the ports of Estonia's state-owned Port of Tallinn in October 2015, which is 5.5% more than in October 2014 and also the best result of all time in October, informs LETA/BNS.
The listed Estonian shipper AS Tallink Grupp has sold its fast ferry MS Superstar for 91.5 million euros to Medinvest SpA and the ferry will continue serving passengers on the Tallinn-Helsinki route in accordance with a chartering contract until the new LNG fast ferry currently under construction is ready at the beginning of 2017, informs LETA/BNS.