Estonian Air to fly to Bromma, Sweden

Moving in to claim a segment vacated by Flybe, Estonian Air will offer another way to get to Stockholm next month.

It will fly to Bromma airport, which is just 8 kilometers from the city center and near headquarters of some Estonian-based companies, twice each weekday, starting September 29.

“Meetings with business customers and market analysis showed that the flights to Sweden require more freedom of choice,” said a member of the national carrier’s management board, Indrek Randveer, on Postimees’s online site.

One of the only options for the one-hour hop across the water, the carrier’s flight to Arlanda, is generally priced at 150-200 euros. The introductory rate for the Bromma link will be about half that.

Estonian Air flies to Arlanda 23 times a week.

Source: ERR News

The number of hotel tourists increased

According to Statistics Estonia, 335,000 tourists or 6% more than in the same month of the previous year stayed in accommodation establishments in June. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

In June, 224,000 foreign tourists or 5% more than in June of the previous year stayed in accommodation establishments. More than half of the foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. 10% more tourists from Russia and 5% more tourists from Finland stayed in accommodation establishments than in June of the previous year. The number of tourists from Latvia remained at the previous year’s level. Compared to June 2013, there was an increase in the number of tourists from several European countries – Germany (13% more), the Lithuania (6% more), and the United Kingdom (4% more). However, the number of accommodated tourists from Sweden and Italy was smaller than in June last year. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. Two-thirds of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The second most popular destination was Pärnu city, accounting for 11% of all accommodated foreign tourists, followed by Tartu city, which accounted for 5% of the accommodated foreign tourists. 77% of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 17% were on a business trip.

In June, 111,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was over 6,000 domestic tourists more than in June of the previous year. 22% of the domestic tourists using the services of accommodation establishments stayed in Harju county, 14% in Pärnu county and 9% in Ida-Viru county. 65% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and a fifth were on a business trip.

In June, 1,268 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 22,000 rooms and 52,000 beds were available for tourists. 82 accommodation establishments with 440 rooms and 2,131 beds were added compared to June of the previous year. The room occupancy rate was 49% and the bed occupancy rate was 40%. The average cost of a guest night was 34 euros, being one euro more expensive than in June 2013. The average cost of a guest night was higher than the state average in Tallinn and in Pärnu.

Read more from Statistics Estonia

Officials envision spa hotel on Lake Peipsi

Largely dotted by villages and small cottages, the northern shoreline of Europe’s fourth largest lake, Peipus, is currently devoid of larger development, and regional leaders say a large Estonian-style spa hotel could be a catalyst for change.

Ida-Viru County Governor Andres Noormägi toldPõhjarannik daily that such a project will be the main topic of an investor event held in St. Petersburg in November.

“Enterprise Estonia holds similar events, but I think we shouldn’t only be selling Estonia as industrial park land, instead investments are also needed in tourist services, agriculture and food processing. We’d like to change the accents.”

There have been such ideas in the past. July brought news that Mustvee-based entrepreneur Aljona Gorbatškova wanted to build a five-story, 120-room spa and hotel in Mustvee, one of the largest towns on Lake Peipus, which consists of three interlinked bodies of water – Peipsi in the north, Pihkva and Lämmijärv. Back in 2006, an American-Estonian husband and wife team unveiled an even more ambitious, close to 10 million euro, plan, but these haven’t panned out due to opposition on the local council.

“Mustvee isn’t logistically the best place,” said Noormägi, who said he backed Rannapungerja village as one possible location.

Source: ERR News

More tourists in May 2014

According to Statistics Estonia, 274,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in May. There were 2% more foreign tourists and 9% more domestic tourists than in the same month of the previous year.

In May, 194,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments. 64% of the foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. 14% more tourists from Latvia stayed in accommodation establishments than in May of the previous year.
The number of tourists from Finland remained at the previous year’s level, but the number of Russian tourists fell for the third month in succession compared to the corresponding month of the previous year. Compared to May 2013, there was an increase in the number of tourists from several European countries – Germany (13% more), the United Kingdom (9% more), Lithuania (3% more). However, the number of accommodated tourists from Sweden, Norway and Denmark was smaller than in May last year. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. Compared to May 2013, twice more tourists from Japan stayed in accommodation establishments, and the number of tourists from China and South Korea increased 40% and 23%, respectively. 70% of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The second most popular destination was Pärnu city, accounting for 8% of all accommodated foreign tourists, followed by Tartu city, which accounted for 6% of the accommodated foreign tourists. 72% of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and a fifth were on a business trip.

In May, 80,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was over 6,000 domestic tourists more than in May of the previous year. 28% of the domestic tourists using the services of accommodation establishments stayed in Harju county, 13% in Pärnu county, 12% in Tartu county and 9% in Ida-Viru county. 57% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 30% were on a business trip.

In May, 1,071 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 46,000 beds were available for tourists. 52 accommodation establishments with 335 rooms and 1,295 beds were added compared to May of the previous year. The room occupancy rate was 46% and the bed occupancy rate was 36%. The average cost of a guest night was 36 euros, being two euros more expensive than in May 2013.

Read more from Statistics Estonia

Tallinn Lisbon air connection opened

The first regular flight from Lisbon to Tallinn landed today, connecting Estonia to Portugal, with many South American and African destinations possible from there.

The flights, operated by Portuguese airline TAP, will take place three times each week and the route will be the longest regular route from Tallinn. The flights will last five hours and travel 3,314 kilometers.

TAP flies to 76 destinations in 34 countries and has a 71-strong fleet. It is expected to use Airbus A319, A320 and A321 aircraft for the Tallinn flight.

Source: ERR News

Viking Line to add two trips on Helsinki-Tallinn route

The Finnish passenger ferry operator Viking Line will increase the number of trips between Tallinn and Helsinki by two starting from Thursday.

The new timetable will be in effect until the end of August.

Tallinn- Helsinki route is also operated by Tallink, Eckeroline and Lindaline ferries and catamaranes.

Read more from Viking Line website

 

Ambassador attracts Spanish unemployed youth to Estonia

For two years already, the Ambassador of Spain in Estonia, Alvaro de la Riva Guzman de Frutos, has been negotiating with enterprises, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and the job mediation network EURES aimed at attracting unemployed young Spaniards to come to Estonia for work.

Postimees writes that while at first the ambassador was negotiating with representatives of tourism and IT sectors, both of which require English language skills, the focus is now only on the IT sector, mainly because wages in Estonian hotel and restaurant business are too low to compete, for instance, with Norway.

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