Baltic tourism set to thrive on taboo of Soviet culture

  • 2003-02-20
  • Howard Jarvis
VILNIUSThe Baltic countries just can't get away from their past. Thousands of tourists who come here every year are thrilled to be visiting a corner of the old Soviet empire. They're as happy standing in awe at the foot of a Soviet-era image of repression as they are taking snaps of locals in national costume.Having experienced little in the way of invasions, mass arrests and torture over the last 50 years, many Western tourists find the idea of "Soviet tourism" exotic. The notion that the detritus of the region's past could be kept and used as a viable tourist draw may seem insensitive. Ac...
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