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Tourist Calculator for the First Half of the Year: The Number of Tourists in Lithuania Keeps Growing

2017-09-15

Residents of Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Japan, China, the US and Israel. Changes in the flows of these particular tourists to Lithuania are closely monitored by the Department of Tourism. According to the newest statistical data of the first quarter of 2017, 210.7 thousand tourists from the aforementioned countries spent 1.059 million nights in our country from January to June. These two indicators are constantly increasing.  

In general, the number of tourists in Lithuania during the first half of 2017 increased by 7.7%. During the first six months, 1.29 million travellers visited our country and spent at least one night here. Of the aforementioned number, tourists from abroad comprised 692.6 thousand, i.e. 6.1% more than during the same period last year, while local tourists comprised 601.3 thousand, i.e. 9,7% more than in 2016.

According to the statistics of accommodation establishments of the first half of 2017, particularly rapid growth was observed in the number of tourists from the United Kingdom: 28.2 thousand tourists came from the UK, i.e. 8.4% more than during the first half of 2016. The flows of tourists from France (+6.6%), Italy (+5.0%), and Sweden (+1.4%) increased as well. The number of nights that tourists from France spent in the accommodation establishments of Lithuania increased by 13.8%.

“Why are tourist flows from Germany, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway particularly relevant to us? Since these countries are the target markets of inbound tourism of Lithuania, we are particularly interested in attracting tourists from these countries as well as tourists from distant markets, such as the US and Japan. We present Lithuania as an attractive vacation destination in all these countries with the help of professional local tourism marketing and public relations companies, with which we have concluded contracts. By the way, an even more relevant indicator is the number of nights spent by tourists in Lithuania. Already in the first half of 2017, it increased by 7.2%,” Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė, the temporary Director of the State Department of Tourism, is happy about the statistical results.

The numbers of tourists from distant markets increased as well: the US (+24.3%), Israel (19.8%), China (+45.1%). Tourists from all distant inbound tourism markets, where tourism marketing professionals from the Department of Tourism carry out intensive activity, spent more nights in the accommodation establishments of Lithuania during the first half of 2017: tourists from China spent 49.5% more nights, tourists from Israel: +34.9%, tourists from the US: +6.2%, and tourists from Japan: +1.9%. 

Huge numbers of tourists from important markets visited Lithuania as well: Belarus – 78.8 thousand (+3%), Russia – 77.1 thousand  (+10.5%), Poland – 73.6 thousand (+5%), Latvia – 64 thousand (+8.5%), Ukraine – 38.7 thousand (+0.2%), and Estonia – 27.1 thousand (+9.2%). 



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