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Last year turned out the best for Estonia’s tourism industry in the last five years

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUData compiled by Estonian Tourism Council for 2014 shows that there has been a significant increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting the country. There was a significant increase in the number of German tourists in 2014. Visitors from Latvia are on the second place.

According to this data, 2014 was the most successful year for Estonia’s tourism industry in the past five years. 1.98 million foreign tourists used services provided by Estonian hotels in 2014. In total, hotel services were used 3.92 million times. This means the majority of tourists spend more than one night in Estonia. Tourists from Germany form the largest increase in the use of hotel services in Estonia. Other major increases are noted among tourists from Latvia, USA and Japan.

Furthermore, last year also marked an increase in the number of tourist trips with overnight stay, especially in the category of leisure trips. 2.63 million nights out of 3.92 million were spent during leisure trips (1.6% increase in comparison with 2013). Furthermore, the success of the year is confirmed with data from the Bank of Estonia: 2014, which brought the country EUR 1.39 billion as revenue from tourism, was the most successful year in the past 4 years.

Latvian tourists formed a total of 4.3% of all travellers to Estonia in 2014, which is 3% more in comparison with 2013.

«Last year, Estonia experienced a major increase in the number of visiting tourists. We are especially happy with the increased interest of Latvian tourists. Lately we’ve also noticed an especially large increase in the category of students and families – these tourists are especially interested in Estonia’s museums and thematic leisure sites. In spite of the fact that Tallinn has always been the most popular destination for Latvian tourists, Pärnu county has been experiencing a rise in popularity lately. This is largely because of the recent opening of Lotte Country – a thematic leisure park,» – noted Director of Estonian Tourism Council Tarmo Mutso.

Pärnu, which is often called Estonia’s summer capital because of its beautiful beach and resorts, is also attractive during cold seasons, because there are many different SPA-centres. The Lotte Country, which opened its doors last year, also makes for a very attractive destination for families with children. Tartu has been on a rise in terms of popularity lately as well. The Ahhaa interactive science centre is one of the most popular tourist destinations there.

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