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Foreign tourists spend EUR 37 mln less in Estonia in Q1

BC, Tallinn, 25.05.2020.Print version
The number of foreign tourists that visited Estonia during the first quarter of 2020 was smaller by 21% than in the same quarter of 2019 and the tourists spent 184 million euros in Estonia, 37 million euros less than in the first quarter of last year, informs LETA/BNS.

The number of trips by residents of the European Union to Estonia declined by more than 20% year on year. When it comes to individual countries, the drop was steepest for citizens of Italy, whose numbers fell 40%, it appears from statistics made available by Statistics Estonia. 

The number of Finns, who accounted for one in three foreign tourists visiting Estonia, was smaller by one-fifth than in the first quarter of 2019. Russian tourists accounted for a quarter of the total number of foreign tourists and their number was down by only 10% on year. 

The number of one-day trips to Estonia declined by a quarter and such visits accounted for 43% of the total number of foreign tourist visits to Estonia. Multiple-day visits numbered fewer by 100,000 than a year ago, but the average duration of such visits increased.  

Estonian residents visited foreign countries on 620,000 occasions during the quarter, which is 15% less than during the first quarter of 2019, and travel by Estonian residents to other EU member states dropped 17%.

The biggest decrease was registered in the number of trips to the Netherlands. On the other hand, more trips were made to Thailand and the number of trips to Egypt declined minimally.  

The number of one-day foreign trips by residents of Estonia declined 12% and such visits made up 15% of the total number of trips. Of multiple-day trips 16% fewer took place and the average duration of a trip was 4 nights. 

Estonian residents left 190 million euros, 35 million euros less than in the first quarter of 2019, abroad on foreign travel during the first three months of 2020.

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