The Estonian Tourist Board has announced a 90% rise in British and Irish holidaymakers visiting the country in the first six months of the year, compared to the same period in 2010.
The increase in popularity to this Baltic destination could mainly be put down to the increased accessibility through low cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet but also the fact that its capital city Tallinn has been awarded the European Capital of Culture status for 2011.
The Director of the Estonian tourist Board in Tallinn; Tarmo Mutso said “Estonia and the capital city Tallinn appeal greatly to the British and Irish guests for our great variety of historical and cultural activities, the unspoilt countryside, national parks, attractive towns and villages, beautiful beaches and spa resorts which draw in city break guests, birdwatchers, walkers, hikers, water sports enthusiasts and those looking for peace and relaxation.”
He explained that the increase in the number of flights available from UK and Irish airports had greatly helped to boost tourism in Estonia, especially in such an important year for its capital city, with flights departing form London Gatwick, Liverpool, East Midlands, Luton, Dublin and Edinburgh on a regular basis.
With over 30,000 people travelling from Britain and Ireland to Estonia already this year, and the introduction of flights from Manchester in April 2012, Mutso anticipates that visitor numbers will be even higher next year.