British Airways to fly to Tallinn starting March 2017

Beginning Mar. 28 next year, British Airways will fly the Tallinn-London route twice a week, Tallinn Airport announced on Nov.1, 2016.

The flights will be on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The Tuesday flight will leave London at 8:00 a.m., and later in the day return to London, leaving Tallinn at 1:55 p.m.

The Saturday flight will leave London at 3:35 p.m., and again fly back from Tallinn to London at 9:35 p.m. Both flights will connect Tallinn to London Heathrow Airport.

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Estonia had 6 pct more hotel visitors in August than a year before

According to Statistics Estonia, in August, domestic and foreign tourists having stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments numbered 417,000, which was 6% more than in August 2015.

In August 2016, 24,000 tourists more used the services of accommodation establishments of Estonia than in the same month of the previous year. The number of foreign and domestic tourists increased by 6% and 5%, respectively, compared to August 2015. Foreign tourists accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total number of tourists. In August 2016, 256,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments or 15,000 foreign tourists more than in August 2015. 38% of the foreign tourists came from Finland, 10% from Germany, 8% from Russia and 7% from Latvia. 78% of the accommodated foreign tourists came to Estonia for holidays, 17% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. Foreign tourists mainly prefer the accommodation establishments of Tallinn (63% of the accommodated foreign tourists), Pärnu city (10%), Tartu city (6%) and Saare county (5%).

In August 2016, domestic tourists having used the services of accommodation establishments numbered 162,000, which were 8,000 domestic tourists more than in August of the previous year. 65% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 18% on a business trip. 20% of the domestic tourists having used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county, 9% in Ida-Viru county and 8% in Saare county.

In August 2016, 1,311 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds (1,300 beds more than in August 2015) were available for tourists. 56% of the rooms and 47% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 35 euros or two euros more than a year earlier. The average cost of a guest night was 42 euros in Harju county, 36 euros in Pärnu county, 32 euros in Saare county, and 30 euros in Tartu county.

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St. Peter Line to sell cruise ships operating on Baltic Sea

Russian shipping company St. Peter Line, which operates a Tallinn-St. Petersburg route with a fleet of two ships, the Princess Anastasia and the Princess Maria, is to sell the ships to Italian cruise ship operator Moby Lines, reported lemarin.fr.

According to initial information, the new owner is to relocate the Princess Anastasia away from the Baltic Sea, while thePrincess Maria is scheduled to continue operating cruises in the region, Port of Tallinn Chief of Communications Sirle Arro told BNS.

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Estonia has been an attractive tourist destination

Tourism: can the success be sustained?

• Estonia has been an attractive tourist destination
• Growth despite fewer visitors from Russia and Finland
• Challenges and opportunities in 2017

Estonia has been an attractive tourist destination
Estonia has been rather successful in attracting tourists. The number of tourists per person has been higher than in Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, or Sweden, or the European Union (EU) average. Estonia’s net occupancy rates are also above the European average. Local tourism has been more active in Estonia than in other Baltic countries, but more sluggish than in Finland or Sweden or the EU average, where higher living standards enable higher expenditure on leisure and entertainment, and longer distances mean greater need for accommodation services.

Growth despite fewer visitors from Russia and Finland
The number of domestic tourists (40% of clients) has increased substantially in recent years, offsetting smaller flows from Russia and Finland. During the first six months of 2016, the number of tourists from Russia stabilised, while the number of tourists from Finland started to grow again. The sector’s economic indicators also improved: turnover was 17% and profits 10% higher during the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

Challenges and opportunities in 2017
Next year will bring some challenges and opportunities for Estonia’s tourism sector. Estonia will raise the value-added-tax (VAT) on accommodation services, thereby accelerating the convergence of average prices with Western Europe. The recovery of the Finnish and Russian economies, the expected strengthening of the Russian rouble against the euro, and the EU presidency should support tourism flows next year. The number of nights spent by Estonian tourists could grow less quickly in 2017 as the Estonians’ purchasing power is forecast to grow more slowly than in 2016.

Source: Swedbank

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Port of Tallinn to expand terminals

Over the next 15 years, the Port of Tallinn is slated to carry out major reconstruction in the vicinity of the capital’s Old City Harbor, build new entertainment and retail areas near the planned Reidi Road, expand the port’s A and D terminals as well as change the area’s traffic solution.

Port of Tallinn Real Estate Development Manager Ahto Ader told BNS that the company is planning to make the area surrounding the Old City Harbor a more active city space which can be more easily traversed.

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Foreigners spend more money in Estonia

Over 1.6 million foreign tourists visited Estonia in the second quarter of 2016, which is 4% more than at the same time a year earlier.Although the amount of tourists from Finland, whose visits make up a third of all visits, decreased by 1% compared to last year, the number of visits made by European Union citizens grew by 2% in a year. The number of visits made from Spain and Portugal, for example, increased by more than a quarter. Russian citizens came to Estonia on 200,000 occasions and that figure stayed the same as last year. The number of visits from Asian countries continued to grow, with 15% more visits taking place in the second quarter of this year than a year ago. Visits from the USA and Norway have also become more frequent, while visits from Turkey and Belarus have decreased in number.

The number of overnight visits grew by 6% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, and the average length of an overnight visit was four days. 48% of all visits were same-day trips. Foreign tourists spent an estimated 390 million euros in Estonia in the second quarter, which is 5% more than in the second quarter of 2015.

Estonian residents made almost 950,000 trips to foreign countries in the second quarter, which was 1% more than a year earlier1.Estonian residents visited all neighbouring countries slightly more often than in the second quarter of last year, but the number of trips made to Belgium, France and Italy fell by more than 10%.

The holiday destination preferences of Estonian people have changed: the number of trips to Turkey fell by one third, while visits to Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia became significantly more frequent.

The number of overnight visits remained the same, and the average length of one such visit was 3.6 days. Same-day trips accounted for 15% of the total, and they increased in number by 6%.

Estonian tourists spent an estimated 185 million euros abroad in the second quarter.


1 The number of trips abroad and the number of foreign countries visited are not the same, as one trip abroad may include visits to several different countries.

The movement of travellers has a noticeable effect on the export and import of travel services in the Estonian balance of payments, which will be published on 8 September.

Source: Bank of Estonia

The number of tourists increased in May

According to Statistics Estonia, 280,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in May 2016, which was 4% more than in May 2015. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

191,000 foreign tourists and 89,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Compared to May of the previous year, the number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased by 4%. 59% of the foreign tourists having used the services of accommodation establishments came from neighbouring countries Finland, Latvia and Russia. Compared to May of the previous year, 4% more tourists from Finland stayed in accommodation establishments, while the number of tourists from Latvia and Russia decreased. There was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from several other European countries – Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, etc. Among tourists using the services of accommodation establishments, the number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. Compared to May 2015, 10% more tourists arrived from Japan and 8% more tourists arrived from China. 30% of the foreign tourists having used accommodation services stayed in accommodation establishments located outside of Tallinn, 30% of them stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu county, 20% in Tartu county and 12% in Ida-Viru county.

32% of the clients of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists, of whom 57% were on a holiday trip and 29% on a business trip. 27% of the domestic tourists having used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 13% in Pärnu county, 12% in Tartu county and 10% in Ida-Viru county. In most counties, the number of domestic tourists staying in accommodation establishments increased compared to May 2015.

In May, 1,108 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 46,000 beds (800 beds more than in May 2015) were available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and 36% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros or 2 euros more than in May a year earlier. The average cost of a guest night was 44 euros in Harju county, 32 euros in Tartu county, 31 euros in Pärnu county and 30 euros in Ida-Viru county.

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