Estonian tourism decreases

  • 2009-04-10
  • TBT Staff
TALLINN- Estonia's tourist numbershave dropped 15 percent in the last year as visitors from Finland, Russiaand Germanyhave decreased. The only areas seeing an increase in tourism were towns wherenew spas had been opened, in Laane-Viru and Ida-ViruCounty.

The number of Swedish tourists have remained steady, according to theEstonian Statistics Bureau, though the number of Finns taking the ferry over tobuy cheap alcohol has also decreased.  

Hotels reported about 35,000 beds available for tourists with only29 percent of them being occupied. Prices of accommodation however, are goingdown. The average night in a hotel is around 429 kroons (27 euros) down 29kroons from 2008.

Tallinn currently receives the most visitors, followed by Parnu and Tartu.