Estonia registers bigger growth in Russian tourists than Europe in general (3)
Eestlased Eestis 06 Feb 2017  EWR
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The number of Russian tourists visiting Estonia grew faster last year than in Europe on the average and expectations concerning Russian visitors are high for the future too, the chief tourism development executive of Enterprise Estonia said LETA/BNS.

"Compared with our neighbors in the Nordic region, our growth has been faster," Tarmo Mutso, director for tourism development at Enterprise Estonia, said at a press briefing on Monday. He said growth in Estonia was also faster than in Europe on the average.

The number of Russian tourists visiting Estonia moved up last year after two years of decline. The number of Russian tourists visiting Estonia was 394,000 in 2015 and 413,000 in 2016. Even the latter represents a drop of 40 percent from the all time high of 679,000 registered in 2013.

For the first time since 2013, extra cars were added to trains bringing Russian visitors to Estonia for the year-end holiday at the end of 2016. Other key events attracting Russian visitors here are sports, cultural and gastronomy events.

"We continue to consider Russian tourists as important and make efforts toward getting back to the record levels that we used to have," Mutso said. "Speaking about the potential for sudden growth, our expectations concerning the Russian market remain very high," Mutso said.
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