Radical change in structure of overnights in Estonia

Foreign tourist overnights down 14%; 45% fewer Russians
Around 167,000 people used overnight accommodation in Estonia in January, according to Statistics Estonia, 2% fewer than in January 2014. But a radical change in the nationalities of the visitors is being seen.
Of this figure, 93,000 were foreign tourists, which is 14% less than the same month a year ago. This includes a 45% drop in the number of tourists from Russia (26,000).
But this dramatic decline was almost made up for in increases from other markets as well as a rise in domestic tourists. The number of tourists from neighbouring Finland and Latvia increased by 8% and 17%, respectively. Estonia also welcomed more tourists from countries like Sweden, Lithuania, Germany and the UK and arrivals from Asia increased by a fifth.
[photo courtesy Tallinn Tourism]

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