More tourists than a year ago

According to Statistics Estonia, in May 2013, 264,000 foreign and domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 6% more than in the same period of the previous year. The number of domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists increased.

In May, 190,600 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, which was 6% more than in May a year ago. 67% of foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. The number of tourists from Russia increased the most (47%) compared to May of the previous year. The number of tourists from Finland and Latvia increased 11%. In May, there were fewer tourists from Germany, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom than a year ago. 71% of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments preferred the accommodation services in Tallinn.

In May, 73,600 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments – this is over 4,600 Estonian residents more than in May 2012. Less than one fifth of accommodated domestic tourists used the services of the accommodation establishments of Tallinn and their number increased 11% compared to May of the previous year.

In May, 1,011 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 19,500 rooms and 44,100 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 46% and the bed occupancy rate was 36%. The room occupancy rate and the bed occupancy rate in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn were higher than the Estonian average. One third of all available beds were located in large establishments (100 or more rooms), a quarter in medium-sized establishments (30 to 99 rooms) and 41% in small establishments (up to 30 rooms). More than a half of the tourists (14% of domestic tourists and 86% of foreign tourists) preferred to stay in large establishments. The number of tourists in small accommodation establishments (up to 30 rooms) increased 4% compared to May 2012, whereas the increase was 9% in case of accommodation establishments with 1–9 rooms. Compared to May 2012, 9% more tourists stayed in large establishments and 4% more tourists stayed in medium-sized accommodation establishments.

The average cost of a guest night was 34 euros and remained on the same level as in May 2012. The average cost of a guest night was higher than the Estonian average only in large accommodation establishments.

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In May exports of goods increased

According to Statistics Estonia, in May 2013, exports of goods increased by 6% at current prices while imports remained at the same level compared to May of the previous year. Exports increased also compared to April of this year.

In May, exports from Estonia amounted to 1.11 billion euros and imports to Estonia to 1.16 billion euros at current prices. The trade deficit was 54 million euros. The deficit decreased by 54% compared to May 2012, since the growth in exports was faster than in imports.

The top destination countries of Estonia’s exports were Sweden (18% of Estonia’s total exports), followed by Finland (15%) and Russia (12%). Exports increased to all main partner countries, excl. Germany. Compared to May 2012, the increase in total exports was mostly influenced by the increase in the dispatches to Sweden and Russia (up by 18% and 15%, respectively). Electrical equipment and wood and furniture were the main commodities exported to Sweden and Finland; mechanical equipment and furniture were the main articles exported to Russia.

In May, the main countries of consignment were Finland (13% of Estonia’s total imports), Sweden (11%)  and Germany (11%). Compared to May of the previous year, arrivals of goods from Russia and Finland decreased (down by 54% and 2%, respectively). At the same time, arrivals of goods from Poland and Sweden increased (up by 51% and 25%, respectively). Electrical equipment was the main commodity imported from Finland, Sweden and Poland; vehicles and parts thereof was the main commodity imported from Germany.

In Estonia’s exports in May, the biggest share was held by machinery and equipment (30% of Estonia’s total exports), followed by mineral fuels (11%) and agricultural products and food preparations (9%). The increase in exports compared to May 2012 was mainly influenced by the increase in the dispatches of machinery and equipment (8% growth) and agricultural products and food preparations (21% growth). At the same time, the dispatches of metals and products thereof decreased significantly (down by 28%).

In May the biggest share of Estonia’s imports was held by machinery and equipment (32% of Estonia’s total imports), followed by agricultural products and food preparations (11%) and mineral fuels (11%). The arrivals of machinery and equipment increased by 12% while arrivals of mineral fuels decreased by 27%.

Compared to April 2013, exports increased by 3%, while imports decreased by 4%. The monthly increase in exports was influenced by the increase in the dispatches of mineral fuels.

In May 2013, compared to May of the previous year, export prices fell by 2% and import prices by 3%.

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Lithuania is the EU bribery leader

The level of bribery in Lithuania has dropped over the last three years, but the country remains the leader in bribery among EU member states, writes The Lithuania Tribune with reference to a Transparency International survey.

Twenty-six per cent of people in Lithuania admitted to have given a bribe over the last year to at least one of eight providers of public services, including the education sector, courts, healthcare institutions, the police, registration services and services issuing permits, utilities, the Tax Inspectorate or land-use services.

Compared to 2010, the number fell by eight per cent, down from 34 per cent.

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Port of Tallinn serves record number of passengers in June

Ports of Estonia’s state-owned Port of Tallinn served 971 098 passengers in June, 6.3% more than the year before and the biggest ever number for the month of June.

Tallink served 56%, Viking Line 19% and Eckerö Line 11% of the total number of passengers in June. The market share of the Russian shipper St. Peter Line was 2%, Port of Tallinn said. Cruise tourists made up 12% of the total number of passengers.

A new record of cruise boat visits also was set in June — ports in Tallinn and the island of Saaremaa received 90 cruise ship visits during the month.

In the first half of the year 4.2 million passengers, 4.3% more than during the same period of the previous year, passed through the ports of Port of Tallinn. Passengers on the Tallinn-Helsinki route who numbered 3.5 million made up 82% of the total number. Passengers travelling between Tallinn and Stockholm numbered 449 000 and passengers to and from Russia 79 000.

Cruise tourists made up 5% of the passenger flows in the first half of the year and their number showed a year-on-year increase of 25%.

Port of Tallinn expects to serve more than nine million passengers by the end of the year. Last year its ports were used by 8.8 million passengers, of whom 441 624 were cruise tourists.

Source: Estonian Review