Find out which countries are welcoming US tourists back - KESQ

by kesq 04/04/2021

Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the United States passport has been diminished during the pandemic. With US Covid-19 cases past the 30.6 million mark, some nations continue to view vacationers warily. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether travel to international destinations is a good


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Defense budgets in Europe have thus far weathered the coronavirus pandemic surprisingly well. While that’s good news, it’s no time to become complacent. As the economic impact of the pandemic comes more clearly into focus over the next few years, maintaining defense spending will require sustained political will.

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To mark the opening of nominations for the EBU Technology & Innovation Awards 2021, we're looking back at the projects honoured in 2020. Yle's mojo project was one of three runners-up for the T&I Award 2020. This article first appeared in Issue 46 of tech-i magazine. Jarno Tahvanainen (Yle) Yle operates...

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In March 2021 AS Tallink Grupp transported 71 979 passengers, which is a 74.2% decrease compared to March 2020. The number of cargo units decreased by 10.2% to 31 466 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 53.1% to 19 720 units in the same comparison. In the first quarter of the 2021 financial year (January – March) AS Tallink Grupp transported 267 224 passengers, which is an 82.9% decrease compared to the previous year. The number of transported cargo units decreased by 14.5% to 85 156 units and the number of passenger vehicles decreased by 60.2% to 75 815 units in same comparison. AS Tallink Grupp passenger, cargo unit and passenger vehicles numbers for March 2021 and the first quarter of the financial year were the following: March 2021March 2020ChangeQ1 2021Q1 2020ChangePassengers71 979279 507-74.2%267 2241 566 730-82.9%Finland - Sweden13 28671 030-81.3%56 077469 607-88.1%Estonia - Finland55 419170 380-67.5%201 446847 818-76.2%Estonia - Sweden3 27419 707-83.4%9 701140 544-93.1%Latvia - Sweden018 390-100.0%0108 761-100.0% Cargo Units31 46635 037-10.2%85 15699 617-14.5%Finland - Sweden6 2176 565-5.3%16 95020 574-17.6%Estonia - Finland21 52624 137-10.8%57 59564 739-11.0%Estonia - Sweden3 7233 6262.7%10 61111 078-4.2%Latvia - Sweden0709-100.0%03 226-100.0% Passenger Vehicles19 72042 045-53.1%75 815190 292-60.2%Finland - Sweden1 7144 126-58.5%7 73920 000-61.3%Estonia - Finland17 91834 246-47.7%67 743151 492-55.3%Estonia - Sweden881 504-94.1%3338 844-96.2%Latvia - Sweden02 169-100.0%09 956-100.0% COVID-19 related travel restrictions were the key operational factor influencing the developments in March 2021 and in the first quarter of the financial year. ESTONIA – FINLANDIn the first quarter, operations of cruise ferry Silja Europa were suspended. Estonia-Finland statistics includes both shuttle and cargo operations on Tallinn-Helsinki route. ESTONIA – SWEDENIn the first quarter, operations of the Tallinn-Stockholm route were suspended. Estonia-Sweden statistics includes operations of the Paldiski-Kapellskär cargo route. FINLAND – SWEDENIn the first quarter, cruise ferry Galaxy did not operate on the route for 4 days due to scheduled maintenance. Operations of the Helsinki-Stockholm route were suspended. Finland-Sweden statistics reflect the operations of Turku-Stockholm route. LATVIA – SWEDENIn the first quarter, operations of the Riga-Stockholm route were suspended. Joonas JoostFinancial Director AS Tallink GruppSadama 510111 Tallinn, EstoniaE-mail joonas.joost@tallink.ee Attachment 2021 03 ENG Q1