Posts tagged as tourism

Tourism industry hopes for lift of ‘unnecessary travel’ ban

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Santa Graikste, executive director of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants, told Latvian Radio on June 8, that the biggest obstacle to the tourism sector in Latvia is currently a ban on entry for ‘non-essential’ reasons, and no influx of tourists can be expected until it is lifted, Santa Graikste, executive director of the Association of Hotels and Restaurants, told Latvian Radio June 8. Graikste said that the industry is now…

Tourism near borders requires passing permit, Border Guard reminds

Friday, April 30, 2021

The State border zone is banned from the public. When visiting tourism objects or visiting the border zone in general, a pass is required, Latgale regional television reported April 28. A special permit is needed if persons over 15 are visiting zones in the border area. Recently the public has been increasingly violating these rules. With the beginning of the tourism season, the State Border Guard and tourism specialists hope…

Rural tourism industry hopes for ‘logical’ Latvian government decisions

Friday, April 9, 2021

The rural tourism industry looks forward to ‘logical government decisions’ that would allow the industry to work in compliance with all the requirements needed to limit Covid-19, the head of the Rural Tourism Association, Asnāte Ziemele, told Latvian Radio April 9. She said last year was different for different representatives of the industry, for some it was very good, better than previous seasons, some were just surviving, but those who focused…

AK: Tourism businesses’ state aid open to applications from Tuesday

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Aid for the tourism sector totaling close to €10 million is available from Tuesday, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Monday night. The support, channeled via state agency Enterprise Estonia, will provide direct subsidies to hotels and other accommodation businesses, restaurants and other catering outlets, and travel agents, as well as souvenir retailers and other tourism-related businesses affected directly by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying restrictions. As…

Latvian tourism operator caught in illegal visa business

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The State Border Guard, in cooperation with the State Police and the State Revenue Service, has ceased large-scale illegal activity of a Latvian tourism agency in illegally arranged tourism visas to Europe for Uzbek citizens, the Border Guard said March 11. On March 2 this year, a Latvian citizen who was the Chairman of a tourism agency was detained, on allegations that from 2017 to 2020, he had submitted false information to the…

Tourism in Latvia has been hit hard by the Covid-19

Monday, March 1, 2021

According to Latvian Radio, the tourism sector has been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. Some businesses say, though, that the year 2020 was their  best. Data from the Central Statistical Bureau show that last year 1.46 million foreign and local tourists stayed in Latvia, almost by half less than in 2019, making it the lowest rate in the last 10 years. However, for some tourism businesses, the year was very…

Latvian tourism backbone must be preserved, says association

Friday, December 11, 2020

The most important representatives of the tourism industry in Latvia must be preserved through the crisis, said Jānis Naglis, president of the Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association, in an interview to Latvian Radio December 11. In the COVID-19 crisis, it will not be possible to maintain the entire infrastructure of the tourism sector for a long time, therefore, the backbone of the industry must be focused on, including the most important…

Tourism falls by half on year to September in Estonia

Friday, November 6, 2020

Tourism fell by nearly a half on year to September, state agency Statistics Estonia reports. A total of 154,000 tourists spent 285,000 nights staying in hotels and other accommodation establishments in September, the agency says, with the bulk of these being domestic tourists. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said three quarters of guests staying at accommodation establishments in September were domestic tourists, and a quarter were from outside Estonia.…

New lockdown could be the end of Lithuania’s tourism business

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

If Lithuania’s nation-wide lockdown includes suspending catering and SPA services, this will destroy the tourism business, argues Evalda Šiškauskienė, president of the Lithuanian Association of Hotels and Restaurants. Although the Lithuanian government’s proposed quarantine measures do not call for closing of hotels, without SPA and catering services they would not survive, she said. “They can close hotels as much as they want, since there are no guests. And SPA hotels,…

Latvian tourism industry dependent on government’s decisions

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Tourism industry is among the most affected ones during the pandemic. The industry is still hopeful for aid from Economics Ministry (EM), Latvian Television reported October 19. Nataļja Filatova, Board Member of the tourism agency  Dream Tours , acknowledged that “we are barely surviving right now. We understand that we have to survive this time until spring. Maybe then something will change. But unfortunately, we are very dependent on the government’s decisions,…