Director of the Tourism Development Centre of the foundation Enterprise Estonia Tarmo Mutso stated that the number of foreign tourists who visited Estonia and stayed the night grew by 7% in comparison to the year 2011, writes LETA/Delfi.ee.
The number of foreign tourists from Russia has grown the most: 33%. In 2011, Estonia was visited by a total of 203,204 tourists from Russia. In the first five months of this year, Estonian accommodation establishments provided services to 107,984 Russian tourists – 26,663 more than last year.
“As we all know, in 2011 the number of foreign tourists who visited Estonia was the highest ever and hence expectations for yet another growth spurt were rather modest,” he noted, adding that the growth trend in the tourism sector appears to continue.
Enterprise Estonia has not yet compiled statistics on the first half of 2012, but the foundation can compile an overview of the first five months of the year.
“During the first five months of 2012, Estonia was visited by 941,160 tourists who stayed here overnight and that is 7% more than last year,” said Mutso.
“It has also been estimated that we receive approximately 60% of tourists from Russia who do not stay in accommodation establishments and hence they are not reflected in tourism statistics,” noted Mutso.
During the first five months of this year, the number of tourists from Latvia, Germany, Denmark and Poland has also grown noticeably. The number of Latvian tourists visiting Estonia has grown 28% in the year-on-year comparison. The number of tourists from Spain, China, United Kingdom and from Finland has decreased, however.
According to Enterprise Estonia, domestic tourism has grown by 5%, by 15,340 overnight guests. “The total number of domestic tourists is 330,374,” said Mutso.