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TOURISM - Baltics maturing as tourist destination

Jun 27, 2007
By Joel Alas

TOURISM - Baltics maturing as tourist destination
GETTING OUT: Whereas traditionally visitors to the Baltic region would stick to the capitals, more tourists are now discovering smaller destinations like Kaunas, Tartu, Liepaja and Saaremaa (pictured), with their castles and quiet charm.
TALLINN - Baltic nations are losing their novelty appeal for international travelers, but according to one expert on inbound tourism, that's not necessarily a bad thing. "The novelty factor has definitely worn off," says Neil Taylor, tour group operator and author of several Baltic travel guides. "People are coming here for a conventional European holiday, not an adventure." When the borders first fell open, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were viewed as prime destinations for adventurous disco ...

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