RIGA – In the first half of this year the number of travelers to the Baltic states has risen. Most often tourists prefer to go to Tallinn, followed by Riga and the Vilnius region, according to the Baltic statistics offices.
In the first half of this year 779,600 travelers stayed in Estonian capital Tallinn, which is by 6 percent more than a year ago, 704,700 stayed overnight in Riga, up 9.7 percent, and 548,700 stayed in the Vilnius region, up 6 percent year-on-year.
Among the ten most popular destinations in the Baltic states there was also Klaipeda region in Lithuania with 253,900 tourists, Kaunas region in Lithuania with 197,700 guests, Alytus region in Lithuania with 167,700 visitors, Parnu region in Estonia with 153,800 tourists, Tartu in Estonia with 127,800 visitors, Ida-Viru region in Estonia with 91,100 guests, and Jurmala in Latvia with 88,400 guests.
The majority of travelers are local residents or citizens of the neighboring countries. Riga hotels in the first half of this year accommodated 89,500 travelers from Latvia, 83,800 travelers from Russia, 68,000 tourists from Germany, 49,200 from Estonia, and 46,600 from Lithuania.
Tallinn reported that 298,200 of its tourists came from Finland, 115,700 from Estonia, 68,700 from Russia, 35,500 from Germany, 25,900 from Latvia. Meanwhile, in Vilnius, 126,600 travelers came from Lithuania, 58,300 from Belarus, 43,600 from Poland, 41,900 from Russia, and 35,800 from Germany.