Foreign tourists spend 5% more money in Estonia during second quarter of 2016

Tourists in Town Hall Square in Tallinn's medieval Old Town. (Siim Lõvi/ERR)
8/9/2016 2:15 PM
Source: BNS
Category: Business

Over 1.6 million foreign tourists visited Estonia in the second quarter of 2016, which is 4 percent more than during the same period a year earlier, spending 390 million euros in the country, a 5 percent or 20 million increase over the second quarter of 2015.

Although the amount of tourists from Finland, whose visits make up a third of all visits, decreased by one percent compared to last year, the number of visits made by EU citizens grew by two percent. The number of visits made from Spain and Portugal, for example, increased by more than a quarter, the Bank of Estonia reported.

Russian citizens made 200,000 visits to Estonia, a figure which did not change compared to the previous year. The number of visits from Asian countries continued to grow, with 15 percent more visits taking place in the second quarter of this year than a year ago. Visits from the US and Norway have also become more frequent, while visits from Turkey and Belarus have decreased in number.

The number of overnight visits grew by 6 percent during the second quarter compared to the same time last year, and the average length of an overnight visit was four days. Of all visits, 48 percent were daytrips. Foreign tourists spent an estimated 390 million euros in Estonia during the second quarter of 2016, a five-percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Estonian residents themselves made almost 950,000 trips to foreign countries in the second quarter, a one-percent increase compared to the same period. Estonian residents visited all neighboring countries slightly more often than during the second quarter of last year, but the number of trips made to Belgium, France and Italy fell by more than 10 percent.

Estonians' vacation destination preferences have also changed since last year: the number of trips to Turkey fell by one third, while visits to Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia became significantly more frequent.

The number of overnight visits remained the same, however, with the average length of overnight visits coming to 3.6 days. Daytrips accounted for 15 percent of the total number of trips abroad, an increase in number of 6 percent compared to the same period last year.

Estonian tourists spent an estimated 185 million euros abroad in the second quarter.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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