A total of 1,498,500 tourists have stayed in Tallinn's accommodation establishments, and 438,000 cruise passengers visited the European Cultural Capital in 2011, the Tallinn Tourism Board said in a statement.
Most (89%) accommodated visitors were foreign tourists from neighboring countries (Finland, Sweden, Russia and Latvia), writes LETA.
Due to improved flight connections with European cities, the number of visitor from Britain and Germany increased rapidly. The highest number of foreign visitors arrived from Finland (595,500), Russia (142,700), Germany (73,200), Great Britain (64,400), Sweden (64,000), and Latvia (44,500).
The largest increase in number of visitors was from Russia, the fastest growth was in the British market. Among cruise passengers, most were residents from Germany, USA, UK and Spain.
Tallinn City Tourist Office and Convention Bureau in co-operation with TNS Emor conducted a survey into foreign visitors in Tallinn. The aim of the survey was to increase the number of foreign visitors in Tallinn and to find out details of their spending and activities in the city.
The survey concluded that in 2011 all together 2.72 million foreign visitors (including 1.55 million accommodated tourists along with the travelers staying with friends or family members, 0.79 million one day visitors and 0.438 million cruise passengers) visited the Medieval gem.