Posts tagged as tourists

Record number of domestic tourists accommodated in July

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

In July 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served 381,000 tourists, which is a tenth more than in the same month last year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The number of domestic tourists increased compared to both July 2020 and July 2019, while the number of foreign tourists remained significantly smaller than in previous years. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said there were still travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, which…

Baltic states ready to welcome Ukrainian tourists

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have opened their borders to Ukrainian travelers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has said. He wrote about this on Twitter. The minister noted that Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania had opened their borders for all types of travel of Ukrainians in accordance with the recommendation of the Council of the European Union. He also said that a visa-free weekend in the Baltic States is now…

Increase in foreign and domestic tourists in Estonia in April

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

In April, Estonian accommodation establishments served 59,000 tourists, which is over three times more than in April last year, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The numbers of foreign and domestic tourists both increased. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that the increase in the number of tourists was mainly due to the fact that the use of accommodation establishments was limited in April last year. “This year, people behaved…

Number of tourists visiting Estonia dropped 43 percent in March 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Estonian accommodation establishments served 51,000 tourists in March, which is a decrease of 43 percent compared to the same month of 2020, data from Statistics Estonia shows. The numbers of both foreign and domestic tourists dropped. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that most of the accommodated guests were again domestic tourists. “In March 2020, half of the customers of accommodation establishments were foreign tourists, but the impact of…

Tallinn hoping for return of Finnish tourists this summer

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Tallinn hopes tourists can be attracted to the city this summer and is working in cooperation with Helsinki. Tallinn is the biggest tourist attraction in Estonia but with the unreliable coronavirus situation companies are unsure how to make plans for the upcoming summer season. Tallinn City Government is currently considering how justified it is to spend taxpayers’ money on entertainment at all, Deputy Mayor Aivar Riisalu told ERR. He said…

Estonia has lost nearly half the tourists

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

In 2020, Estonian accommodation establishments served nearly 2 million tourists, whose nights spent totaled 3.7 million – a fall of 48 percent compared to the year before, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said although last year started positively for tourism, it ended with a loss of nearly half the tourists compared to 2019. “The restrictions enforced due to the coronavirus hindered traveling worldwide. Estonian…

Lithuania thinks pink to attract tourists

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Lithuania is seeking to lure tourists with its iconic cold beetroot soup, šaltibarščiai. In a new campaign, the country’s tourism promotion agency aims to make ‘cold pink’ the colour of this summer, according to a press release. Travelers landing at Vilnius Airport, for example, will find themselves following a trail of pink-coloured spots on the floor, culminating with an instagrammable 3-metre replica of the dish. “This year, we’re taking our…

Ziemupe road scaring away tourists

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Ziemupe residents have asked the Ministry of Transport to improve the state roads leading into the town centre, as the gravel surface becomes incredibly dusty during the summer tourist season, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 20. “If there’s precipitation then we can still hope that the road will be graded and everything will be alright, but if three, four weeks there’s no precipitation, then pushing around the…

Russian spies recruit tourists, undermine minorities in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Free Russian visas to Kaliningrad and St Petersburg allow security services to recruit travelers, according to a Lithuanian intelligence report. The National Threat Assessment, prepared by the State Security Department (VSD) and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence (AOTD), also reports on a Russian spy operating in Lithuania from Kaliningrad and warns about Chinese officers posing as employers on professional social networks. Last year, the Russian…

Increase in tourists staying overnight and using airports

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Tourists staying overnight in Estonia increased by four percent in July 2019 compared with the same time period last year, figures from Statistics Estonia show. In July 524,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Estonia. The majority, 42 percent, were from Finland, followed by nine percent from Germany, seven percent from Russia and six percent from Latvia. The number of foreign tourists increased by eight percent from July 2018.…