Tallinn Airport among the best airports in Europe

Tallinn Airport is among the best airports in Europe, based on the overall airport experience determined by travellers who had taken the site’s 2014 airport survey.

The survey conducted by airport guide Sleeping in Airports says that thoughtful touches like rest and relaxation zones, art galleries and museums, libraries that offer book rentals and exchanges, baby-beds in family rooms, and a few fitness and spa facilities help boost the impressiveness of the airports in the list.

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Estonian Air teams up with tour operators

Estonian Air has signed a cooperation agreement with tour operators Novatours and TEZ Tour to increase its share on the market of charter flights. According to the agreement Estonian Air will operate flights to Turkey and Croatia in 2015.

“This agreement is good news for the airline, tour operators and to all holiday takers from Estonia. It is convenient for passengers to communicate on board of an aircraft in their own language, as well as to see smiling crew members of their domestic airline on their holiday commute. We pay more attention to the market of charter flights so that we can keep our aircraft in regular operation and thus use the free capacity of our fleet economically,” said Indrek Randveer, the CCO of Estonian Air.

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Less tourists in hotels in August

According to Statistics Estonia, 379,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in August, which was 2% less than in August of the previous year. The number of foreign tourists decreased and the number of domestic tourists increased.

In August, 239,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 4% less than in August of the previous year. 55% of the foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. The number of tourists from Russia staying in accommodation establishments was 12% smaller than in August of the previous year and the number of tourists from Latvia and Finland decreased by 5% and 9%, respectively. Also, fewer tourists stayed in accommodation establishments from Sweden, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Poland and Norway. However, there were 14% more tourists from Germany staying in accommodation establishments than in August a year ago. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase, although the growth was slower than in the previous months of the year. About two-thirds of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were Pärnu, Tartu and Saare counties, accounting for 10%, 6% and 5% of all accommodated foreign tourists, respectively. 77% of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 16% were on a business trip.

In August, 140,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 3% more than in August of the previous year. A fifth of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 17% in Pärnu county and 8% in both Saare county and Ida-Viru county. 65% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 20% were on a business trip.

In August, 1,295 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds were available for tourists. In August the room occupancy rate was 52% and the bed occupancy rate was 42%. The room occupancy rate was higher in Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu cities (79%, 66% and 64%, respectively). The average cost of a guest night was 33 euros, which is one euro higher than in August 2013. The average cost of a guest night in Tallinn and in Pärnu was higher than the country’s average.

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440,000 tourists stayed in Estonian hotels in July

According to Statistics Estonia, 440,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in July, which is 4% more than in the same month of the previous year. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

In July, 292,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments – this is 3% more than in July of the previous year. Foreign tourists continue to account for two thirds of the total number of tourists. 63% of the foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. The number of tourists from Russia staying in accommodation establishments was 5% smaller than in July of the previous year, while the number of tourists from Latvia and Finland rose by 2% and 1%, respectively. Compared to July 2013, there was an increase in the number of tourists from several European countries – Germany (8% more), Sweden (13% more) and the United Kingdom (13% more). However, the number of accommodated tourists from Lithuania, Spain, Italy and Norway was smaller than in July 2013. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. In July, the number of accommodated tourists from the United States also grew by a fifth. 63% of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were Pärnu, Tartu and Saare county accounting for 14%, 6% and 5% of all accommodated foreign tourists, respectively.

80% of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 14% were on a business trip.

In July, 148,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is over 11,000 domestic tourists more than in July of the previous year. A fifth of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county and 10% in Saare county.

70% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 15% were on a business trip.

In July, 1,304 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds were available for tourists. So many rooms and beds have not been available for tourists in any previous year. In July the room occupancy rate was 58% and the bed occupancy rate was 50%. The room occupancy rate was higher in Tallinn and Pärnu (84% and 81%, respectively). The average cost of a guest night was 34 euros, which is two euros higher than in July 2013. The average cost of a guest night in Tallinn and in Pärnu was higher than the country’s average.

Accommodation by region, July 2014
Accommodation Total Northern
Estonia
North-Eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1 304 215 71 126 494 398
Rooms 22 641 8 313 1 608 1 573 6 458 4 689
Beds 55 025 18 943 3 651 4 013 16 059 12 359
Room occupancy rate, % 58 77 46 32 54 40
Bed occupancy rate, % 50 66 44 29 49 35
Tourists accommodated 440 056 217 410 22 238 20 981 113 399 66 028
Nights spent 854 806 388 557 49 274 36 125 245 109 135 741
residents of Estonia 283 906 49 324 27 452 23 830 93 880 89 420
foreign visitors 570 900 339 233 21 822 12 295 151 229 46 321
Average cost of a guest night, euros 34 40 28 25 33 22

Source: Statistics Estonia

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.

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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

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