Lithuania has experienced a dramatic growth in the number of tourists who came to Lithuania in the first quarter of 2011. According to the State Tourism Department under the Ministry of Economy this increase was 39.4 per cent in comparison to the previous year.
Ukraine accounted for the biggest increase; 104 per cent more Ukrainians visited Lithuania in the first three months of 2011 than in comparison to the same period of 2010. “We were glad to see the Finnish indicator – growth by 85 percent, as well as 71 percent from Iceland,” the department said in a press release on 2 June.
The department reported an increase in tourist flows from tourist markets of utmost importance for Lithuania, namely, Russia (61 per cent increase), Belarus (53 per cent), Poland (28 per cent), Germany (31 per cent), Estonia (34 per cent), Great Britain (21 per cent), Norway (57 per cent), the Netherlands (34 per cent), Belgium (31 per cent) and the United States (68 per cent).
A total of about 1.5 million tourists came to Lithuania last year.