In Estonia, prices for alcoholic beverages are rising and their sale is now subject to tougher regulations.
The Estonian newspaper believes this policy could have a negative impact on tourism. "We shouldn't deceive ourselves that all the visitors to Estonia are coming just to admire our beautiful countryside and the sites of interest.
Most of them are vodka tourists, shoppers or brothel patrons, and for them the law of the free market applies : when the prices go up too high, they'll look for cheaper places to enjoy themselves.
This is what this is all about : cranking up the pressure on this kind of tourist and putting an end to the Finns leaving the supermarkets on the harbour loaded down with crates of beer every evening and the stag parties of the Brits."