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Russian tourists take 1.7 million trips to Estonia in 2017

Russian tourists arriving in Tallinn via train at Baltic Station.
Russian tourists arriving in Tallinn via train at Baltic Station. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

Estonia was the seventh most popular destination for Russian tourists in 2017, and the number of trips by Russians to Estonia grew 14.4 percent on year to 1.7 million, Interfax reported, citing the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat).

The total number of trips by Russians abroad grew by eight million, or 25.2 percent, to 39.6 million.

The growth can be attributed to the opening of the Turkish market for Russian tourists, the stabilization of the rouble as well as an overall improvement in the economic situation, Rosstat said.

Turkey topped the list of destinations for Russian tourists with 4.5 million trips in 2017. The number surged nearly sixfold after the ban on Russian mass tourism and charter flights to Turkey was lifted in August.

The occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia was in second place with 4.3 million trips, and Finland in third place with 3.3 million trips; the number of trips to each grew two and 15.2 percent, respectively.

The number of trips to Kazakhstan rose 4.5 percent to three million, while trips to Ukraine increased 26.5 percent to 2.3 million.

The sixth most popular travel destination for Russians was China with two million trips, marking an increase of 19.5 percent.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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