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Estonia was visited by more than 60,000 Latvian tourists this year

Estonia remained one of the most popular destinations for Latvia tourists this year. In the first six months of 2016, Estonia was visited by more than 60,000 tourists from Latvia.

Latvian residents, along with tourists from Russia and Finland, are one of the main tourist target groups in Estonia. According to information compiled for the first six months of 2016, 7% of all foreign tourists who visited Estonia this year were Latvians. In total, Estonia was visited by 61,610 tourists from Latvia in the January-June period of this year. Compared with the same period of 2015, the number of tourists staying in the country for a single day has increased significantly (16%), as has the number of tourists that spend at least one night in Estonia (11%).

«Results of Estonia’s tourism industry reached new records in the first half-year of 2016. We are always happy to see unyielding interest from our nearest neighbours. It proves that our neighbours still find many interesting and attracting reasons to visit our country. There has been an especially big increase of tourists among families, who are interested in museums and thematic leisure options. What is particularly great is that Latvians have reopened Pärnu as a great destination – the main destination for families with children this summer was Lottemaa Theme Park. During the quiet season, Pärnu is often visited by tourists for its many SPA centres,» – comments Director of the Tourism Board of Estonia Tarmo Mutso.

Tallinn and Tartu remain some of the most popular destinations in Latvia. Tourists who stayed there for the night visited those two destinations 6% and 4% more often in summer. The biggest increase of tourists from Latvia was noticed in Pärnu – especially during the quiet season.

There were 67% more tourists who stayed in Estonia one night in the first half year of 2016 than there were in the same period of 2015. In addition, the increase of tourists had reached 100% in February and March. This demonstrates that Latvian residents value the wide range of SPA services and other healthcare services offered by Pärnu.

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