TALLINN - According to Statistics Estonia, 131,700 foreign tourists and 77,800 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in November 2013. The total number of tourists increased 7% compared to November 2012.
In November 2013, compared to November 2012, the number of foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments increased by 8%. 76% of foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. The number of tourists from Russia increased 22% compared to November 2012, the number of tourists from both Finland and Latvia increased 11%. Foreign tourists preferred to stay in the accommodation establishments of larger cities of Estonia. In November, 77% of foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn, 5% in the accommodation establishments Pärnu and Tartu each. More than two-thirds of foreign tourists arrived in Estonia for holidays and a quarter were on a business trip.
In November 2013, 6% more domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than in November 2012. More than a half of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and one-third on a business trip. The most preferred destination was Tallinn: one- fifth of domestic tourists using the services of accommodation establishments stayed there. 13% of domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu and 11% in those of Tartu. Compared to November 2012, the preferred destinations have not changed for domestic tourists.
In November, 853 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 18,100 rooms and 40,600 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 41% and the bed occupancy rate was 32%. In Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu the room occupancy rate and the bed occupancy rate were higher than the Estonian average.
In 2013 Estonian Air carried altogether 551 169 passengers, out of which 545,459 on regular flights. In December Estonian Air carried 41,083 passengers, out of which 40,891 on regular flights. The load factor of Estonian Air regular flights was 67% which is 3.8 percentage points lower than in 2012.
The results of 2013 are in line with the restructuring plan focusing on downsizing the airline and serving destinations with substantial demand to and from Tallinn.
“We started to implement an extensive turnaround program in January 2013, including adjusting the route network to cover sustainable and economically feasible core destinations, and ensuring smooth point-to-point connection for the business and public service markets, as well as reducing the company’s cost base to become proportional to our core business,” said Jan Palmer, the CEO of Estonian Air.
“Although the turnaround is completed, that doesn’t mean that Estonian Air’s entire recovery check-list is completed. Fine tuning our operations and delivering full year and sustainable profits by 2015 latest, is on top of our priority list,” added Palmer.
Estonian Air operated 10 788 flights last year, out of which 823 flights in December. In 2013 the regularity of Estonian Air flights was 99.3%, an increase of 0.9 percentage points compared to last year. Estonian
Air has considerably improved the quality of punctuality: the 15-minute punctuality was 91.4%, an increase of 7.6 percentage points compared to last year.Estonian Air is aiming to provide Estonia with reliable and regular double daily connections to destinations of strategic importance and of substantial demand. Being a small country on the periphery of Europe, Estonia depends on such connections, and Estonian Air is committed to provide these services.
Estonian Air, Estonia’s national carrier, is the biggest operator at Tallinn Airport. The airline flies regular routes to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Oslo, Moscow, Munich, St Petersburg, Kiev, Vilnius and Trondheim. On 21 December 2013, Estonian Air launched a seasonal air link between Tallinn and Munich. The route will be operated until 29 March 2014. In addition, from May to September, Estonian Air will fly to Nice and Split, and from June to August to Paris.
Last year the number of passengers passing through the harbours of Port of Tallinn hit the whole time record of 9.236 million passengers, growing by 395 thousand passengers, which is 4.5% more than a year earlier, the port’s press release says. Cargo volume fell 4.2% reaching 28.25 million tons.
In 2013, the number of passengers on Tallinn-Helsinki route grew by 4.3% to 7.57 million people. During the period from January to December 935 thousand people travelled between Tallinn and Stockholm, St. Petersburg line carried 184 thousand people and cruise vessels brought to Estonia about 526 thousand cruise tourists.
In December Port of Tallinn served 748,210 passengers, which is 8% more than a year earlier. In the same period, cargo handling decreased by 3% (0.07 million tons) reaching 2.36 million tons. The cargo volume in December had an average result compared to other months. From cargo types the volume of liquid cargo changed the most, decreasing by 7%, which is 0.12 million tons. Volume of containers decreased first time this year in December, falling by 2%, which is 2 thousand tons and 42 TEUs. On the contrary, the volumes of dry bulk and rolling cargo increased by 40 and 11 thousand tons respectively.
During the entire year, Port of Tallinn handled 28.25 million tons of cargo, which is 4.2% less than in 2012. The decline is caused by the decrease of 19.7% in the volumes of dry bulk, mainly in regard to fertilizers, gravel and turf. At the same time, the cargo volumes of grain increased remarkably, namely by 56.5%. The handling of liquid bulk went through a decrease of 2% reaching 18.97 million tons. Volumes of general cargo increased by 3.9% to 567 thousand tons.
The volume of container shipments was at record level last year and reached 253,627 TEUs that is 11.3% more than a year earlier. Cargo volume shipped in containers increased by 8.3% to 1.775 million tons.
In 2013, the ports of Port of Tallinn were visited by a total of 1933 cargo vessels and 4933 passenger vessels. For this year Port of Tallinn forecasts that cargo volume and passenger number remain on the same level as in 2013.