How competitive are Baltic states?

March 7, 2007 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Estonia, Europe, Latvia, list, Lithuania, news, travel | 3 Comments

Such question I asked myself when World Economic Forum released its Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index. OK, I suppose everyone already knows that most competitive are Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Good for them. But where is Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, three Baltic sisters?

Lets see… Estonia is on 28. place with score 4.90, Lithuania – 51. place with score 4.34, Latvia – 53. place with score 4.31. Not very pleasant discovery.

Estonia has got the highest rank among its sisters for rules about investment, physicial density, hotel rooms (!), Internet use for business and lack of malaria. Estonia`s biggest disadvantages are air service agreements and carbon dioxide damage. Estonia`s Tourism Board has done much to develop tourism:

  • low-budget tourists are kept main priority, to make tourism grow steadily;
  • Estonia is branded as destination with a strong cultural heritage and traditional countryside getaways;
  • always keeps an eye on new tourist sources.

Lithuania`s biggest advantages: physician density, presence of major car rental companies and lack of malaria, biggest disadvantages: government prioritization of the T&T industry and attitude towards tourists. I think Lithuania is more about retail and oil and tourism is on the second or even lower place.

Latvia`s biggest advantages: presence of major car rental companies and lack of malaria, biggest disadvantages: air service agreements, primary education enrollment and attitude towards tourists. I`m not much into all this air transport staff so I can`t comment about it, but I can agree with other two problems. Latvia is among top countries when speaking of number of college and BA students, but at the same time there are lots of people without secondary education. Some businesses see tourists as cash cows (especially Old Riga`s restaurants and night clubs), this problem is already addressed in state`s level, but I don`t see how it may be changed.

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