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Foreign tourists spend €1.2 billion in Estonia in 2017

Number of visits to Estonia by foreign tourists over the past decade.
Number of visits to Estonia by foreign tourists over the past decade. Source: (Bank of Estonia)

Foreign tourists making more than six million visits to the country are estimated to have spent approximately €1.2 billion in Estonia last year, three percent more than 2016, according to the Bank of Estonia.

The number of foreign visitors to Estonia was up three percent in 2017, when more than six million visits were made to Estonia, according to a Thursday morning press release from the central bank.

Although still accounting for 35 percent of all visitors, the number of tourists from Finland was down to a ten-year low of five percent last year. The number of visitors from other EU countries, however, was up by ten percent. Notable increases of 54 and 20 percent, respectively, were recorded in the number of visits from Belgium and the U.K., which could be associated in part with Estonia's presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of 2017.

The number of tourists from Asian countries has continued to rise, reaching an all-time record of five percent of all visitors in 2017, with total numbers increasing fivefold over the past decade.

There were some 900,000 visits from Russia to Estonia, indicating a four-percent increase compared to 2016 numbers. Slightly fewer visitors, meanwhile, came from other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries; a substantial drop of one third was recorded in the number of visits to Estonia by Belarusians.

Three percent more overnight visitors to Estonia were registered last year than the year before, with the average overnight traveler staying for 4.2 days. Daytrips accounted for 47 percent of visits.

Overall, foreign tourists are estimated to have spent some €1.2 billion in Estonia, three percent more than in 2016. Estonian exports of travel services were also estimated at €1.4 billion in 2017, 70 percent more than a decade ago.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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