During the first half of 2012, Kaunas has been visited by more than 79, 000 tourists. Just as previous years have showed, most of Kaunas visitors are from Germany, United Kingdom, Russia as well as Scandinavian countries.
Kaunas Tourism Information Centre director Sigitas Sidaravičius in the official municipality’s press announcement has affirmed that this tourist season for Kaunas has been satisfactory. Moreover, he claims that an intensification of the intellectual tourism tendency has been noticed. During this season foreign travellers were particularly interested in Pažaislis Music Festival, high numbers of tourists visited Kaunas for the festival of living/ interactive history ‘Europe. Napoleon I in Kaunas. 1812’. Kaunas tourists are interested and eager to experience city’s cultural life, explore historical routes and visit museums.
S. Sidaravičius has also indicated that the main goal for the next year’s tourism season is to maintain the markets that have already been engaged – the relationships with Spain and France which have been established during the past year.
In 2011 Kaunas, also known as the temporary capital city of Lithuania, greeted over 172,000 travellers. Tourist traffic tends to escalate in May and continues to grow throughout the busiest time of tourism season in Lithuania – months of summer and September.
According to the prognosis by the National Department of Tourism director Raimonda Balnienė, in 2012, Lithuania is expecting a record number of 2 million tourists, or in other words – overall 15 percent higher numbers than in 2011.