Estonia expects record year for tourism

“This year will be the best ever,” tourism chief predicts
Estonian tourism is having its best year ever, the Finnish daily Kauppalehti quotes tourism officials as saying.
Over the first five months of 2016, 1.1 million tourists stayed overnight in the northern Baltic country, pushing the total number of overnights to nearly 2 million.
The share of Finnish tourists’ overnight stays rose 6% and those of other foreign guests increased by 5%.
Toomas Tark, head of tourism development at Enterprise Estonia, said that incoming arrivals to Estonia increased healthily in June and July too.
“The occupancy rates of hotels have been at around 90%,” he said.
In addition to more people visiting the main destinations of Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu, the number of people arriving in Tallinn by sea has also grown. Arrivals via the Port of Tallinn increased by 5% in the first half of the year, reaching 4.6 million passengers. The best year for Estonian tourism so far has been 2014.
“This year will be the best ever,” Tark forecasts.
However, the rate of growth in visitor numbers is even greater as the statistics do not take into account tourists staying in other people’s homes or in rental accommodation. Such alternative accommodation may make up as much as 30% of the total.
Kauppalehti / LETA / BNS