In the business sector during the past year, supporting commercial operators affected by COVID-19 restrictions was a main priority for Tallinn. Various circular economy projects were also launched.
"The city continued to support businesses affected by the coronavirus and tourism-oriented enterprises with targeted packages of support measures throughout the year. This was done by providing rental incentives in the Old Town for premises in the city. These support measures will continue in the coming year from January to April," explained Deputy Mayor Joosep Vimm.
According to statistics, Tallinn hosted more domestic tourists than ever before during the summer months this year. During the summer months, a total of 84,100 Estonians stayed in Tallinn's accommodation establishments, 30 per cent more than in 2019 and 92 per cent more than in 2020.
In the tourism sector, the city contributed more to the domestic market due to restrictions on international travel. For example, as part of the "Discover Tallinn in Summer" campaign, three nights for two were offered in cooperation with hotels, and all those who bought a campaign package received a free Tallinn Card to discover the city.
"In a survey conducted in autumn, the reputation of Tallinn Old Town was very positive, with an average satisfaction score of 8.6 out of 10. But there is still room for improvement. The mission of Tallinn city is to create comfortable and interesting public spaces and leisure spots. We have exciting plans for the coming year that will hopefully diversify the Old Town and bring even more locals to the area," added Vimm.
Alongside business and tourism, the circular economy and the wider green economy will continue to be prioritised. "In the circular economy, one of Tallinn's key objectives is the development of separate collection of bio-waste and the collection of bulky waste. This year, the city distributed necessary household bio-waste collection bins to citizens in apartment buildings, and we will continue the project next year, but targeting residents of private and semi-detached houses," said Vimm.
The city is also running a pilot project on composters in cooperation with NutriLoop OÜ to find the most suitable solutions for private houses, semi-detached houses and kindergartens. From 2024, all bio-waste will have to be collected separately under the Waste Act.
In order to make environmentally sustainable options more accessible, from spring 2022, waste collection stations in Tallinn will be open every day. "In addition, we will experiment with different ways of dropping off waste for free. For example, next year we plan to run week-long collection campaigns for large waste, including unusable furniture, on a quarterly basis. This year, we also started working with the Reuse Centre, and at the beginning of next year, a recycling booth will be added to the Paljassaare waste station, where residents will be able to drop off and pick up decent items," said Vimm.
The Old Town survey, commissioned by the Tallinn Strategic Management Office and conducted by Turu-uuringute AS, can be found here.