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Tourism industry dropped dramatically in 2009, while this year its turnover has spiked 35%. This allows to claim that tourism industry has been stabilising and 2011 will round up as a successful year, Irena Riekstina, head of Carlson Wagonlit Travel/Kaleva Travel, told the news portal BNN.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUShe explains the climbing turnover with revived travelling sector as well as growing inbound business tourism. According to her the company benefits a lot from joining Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) group, a leading business tourism company.

«Joining CWT group has helped us to boost business tourism. Our successful performance is mostly based on clients flow from CWT group’s offices in Sweden and Denmark. Northern neighbours keep choosing Latvia as a venue for their cooperative and other events, for example, conferences,» she says.

The expert adds that there is still not enough capacity to host large-scale conferences.

«Just recently we had to refuse a 300-persons-event, because we do not have the necessary infrastructure (accommodation, catering, meetings, entertainment). Riga should seriously consider this aspect if we want to promote business tourism,» she adds.


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