Our attention was directed this #Travel Tuesday toward the Baltic and North Seas and tje wonderful traditional ships in Museumshaffen Oevelgönne e.V. These vessels, part a more than 100 years old tradition are simply a marvelous time portal back toward the heyday of Hamburg, the Elbe River, and the commerce that made seafaring the heartiest of professions.
In airline news from the Baltic region, Latvia ministers seem to think that Estonian and Latvian national air carriers should merge. Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvia’s Prime Minister, and transportation head Aivis Ronis spoke recently of a Riga central hub serving both countries.
Kempinski announced last week their first Vilnius hotel opening with Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square. A 96 room luxury affair, this is the first Lithuanian and the first Baltic accomodation offered by the famous luxury hoteliers.
In a bit of nostalgia news from Germany, the Baltic Sea resort monstrosity, the Colossus of Prora, is slated to become a luxury German resort of some proportions soon. One of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s projects for the Thousand Year Reich, Prora was built in the 1930’s as a Nazi resort complex by the sea, but never actually used as such.
Troubled Latvian airline, airBaltic, is in the news accusing Finnair’s Estravel of attacking the carrier. airBaltic is all in the news with both positive, negative, and conflicting news of late. With staggering losses so far this year, can the Latvian carrier weather such a storm?
A recent report shows Estonian tour companies hiring more out of country drivers because of cost variables. With qualified Estonian bus drivers have to look for work in Scandinavia, how long will it be before the government there imposes wage standardization to free up jobs?
Welcome to Russia joins the elite list of travel companies belonging to the ASTA. According to this latest news, Russia’s leading conduit for travel support joins the world’s largest travel agent association. Russia is set to engage travel and tourism on an unprecedented level.