Lithuania within Easy Reach – a Keystone of Local and Incoming Tourism

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2006 10 23

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At the first forum on Lithuanian tourism that took place on 27 September in Litexpo exhibition centre, State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Alminas Mačiulis emphasized that the basis for successful development of tourism is convenient access to the country.

According to State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Alminas Mačiulis, the considerable influence of transport sector in the growth of the competitiveness of the national economy is illustrated by increasing volume of export of transport services. In 2005, if compared to 2004, it has increased by 17 per cent. It should be noted that the income received from incoming tourists who are using these services have consequently risen by 13 per cent. Therefore, in the opinion of Mr. Mačiulis, it is evident that with the improvements in the transport sector the tourist flows are increasing.

Two priority trends concerning the development of the transport sector are singled out in the draft economic action plan for 2007-2013 – the development of elements of transport network of European significance in Lithuania and improvement of the infrastructure of road, railway, water and combined transport of national and regional significance. When introducing the plans of the Ministry, Mr. Mačiulis emphasized the importance of the Via Baltica project for the development of tourism. Implementing the project, a huge workload awaits our neighbours Poles who will have to modernise the road segment located in their territory. The State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications also mentioned an international Rail Baltica project aimed at modernising the railway. The feasibility study of this project, carried out on the EU initiative, will be presented in Lithuania on 26 October. This European standard gauge railway line will speed up the Lithuania’s connection with Europe, and increase the tourist flows into our country