Estonian hotel, spa rates will increase this fall | New

Responding to ERR, Igor Shustrov, Head of Sales Department of Noorus SPA, said that they have increased their hotel rates by almost a quarter; so far, none of the prices for their other services have changed yet.

Dmitry Antonov, a board member of Noorus SPA, told ERR’s Russian-language news service on Monday that if energy prices continue to rise, they may have to lay off 183 employees.

“We have good financial indicators and even managed to cope with debts incurred during the pandemic,” Antonov said. “But time is passing, and the situation is getting more and more difficult. The government warns of a harsh winter in connection with the rise in prices. We cannot continue in these conditions. It makes no sense to work at the detriment to the business.” “

The board member said the spa hotel could close for the winter, but did not rule out rethinking the plan if the business was granted state aid or the environment business became more favorable again.

“There are provisions in the new coalition agreement that give us hope to continue, not harm, our economic activity,” he explained. “If these are met, it may be possible to avoid the worst-case scenario with a seasonal closure.”

Noorus SPA started looking for ways to reduce its energy costs.

“We are actively looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and obtain energy from alternative sources,” Shustrov said.

Kalev SPA in Tallinn. Source: Priit Murk/ERR

According to Piret Betlem, board member of the Kalev Spa Hotel and Waterpark in Tallinn, their company already raised prices in January, but still plans to do so again this fall.

“The price increases are not significant – we are talking about a few euros,” Betlem said. “But unfortunately we have to adjust upwards.”

Hotel room rates, on the other hand, fluctuate daily. “Hotel prices change based on demand,” she explained. “June fell below expectations, July was good and then prices are higher.”

Meeli Eelmaa, water park manager of Kalev Spa, said the water park will not release a new price list this fall.

“Maybe for a few specific products related to additional costs, such as swimming lessons for adults,” Eelmaa said. “Generally, there will be no major changes.”

According to the director, the water park is also trying to subscribe to a fixed price electricity package, which it did not have before.

According to Anne Mallene, executive director of Laulasmaa LaSpa, their company has also increased its prices.

“With our Water Center tickets it depends on the day, but the increase will be around €1-2,” Mallene said. “This will cover the increase in fixed costs and labor costs.”

According to the director, the costs have increased several times, although solar panels on the roof of the building help to reduce the costs somewhat.

“In July 2019, our electricity bill was €19,000,” she said. “This year, however, it was €33,000. The solar panels reduce that by €3,700.”

Aside from price hikes, Mallene is also worried about COVID-19 restrictions.

“As autumn approaches, there are measures to be taken – will COVID raise its head, will that mean restrictions, right? she asked. “Closing a large aquatic center is simple – you drain the water. But reopening [reheating new water] takes a week.”

Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa in Pärnu. Source: Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa

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Richard F. Gandhi