Tourists to Estonia up in September

November 12, 2014 11:40 am 

TALLINN, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — International tourists visiting Estonia in the month of September this year increased than that of last year, with 30 percent more Asian tourists while 10 percent less Russians, according to Statistics Estonia on Tuesday.

The report issued by Statistics Estonian stated that 233,000 tourists stayed in Estonia's hotels in September, which was 4 percent more compared to September last year. While in general, the number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased, the number of Russian tourists was declining.

Some 156,000 foreign tourists, the report said, stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 2 percent more than in September of the previous year. Fifty-seven percent of the foreign tourists arrived from neighboring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia, but there were 10 percent fewer Russian tourists than at the same time last year.

The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. In September, there were 30 percent more tourists from Asian countries staying in Estonia than in the same month a year ago, the report concluded.

Jevgeni Timostsuk, the sales and marketing manager at Narva-Joesuu Meresuu Spa, a stone's throw away from the border separating Estonia and Russia, confirmed that Narva-Joesuu is also seeing fewer Russian tourists. This has a negative impact on the popular resort town, usually frequently visited by Russians, the Estonian Public Broadcasting reported today. (PNA/Xinhua)



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