Vilnius posts 8 pct growth to 0.53 mln in H1 tourist numbers
The Lithuanian capital saw the number of visitors rise by 8 percent in the first half of 2018 from a year earlier and the total number of overnight stays grow by 6.5 percent to almost a million, Go Vilnius, the city's tourism and business development and agency, said.
According to figures from Statistics Lithuania, a total of 536,900 visitors stayed at Vilnius' hotels and other accommodation establishments in the first half. The number of foreign guests rose by 6.2 percent year-on-year to 429,700, or 80 percent of the total number.
The largest single increase was in the number of German visitors (up by 33 percent), followed by British tourists (20.3 percent), Russians (12.9 percent), Latvians (12.1 percent) and Poles (12.1 percent). The number of visitors from Finland rose by 6.1 percent and that of Italian travelers was up by 5.9 percent.
However, the number of tourists from Belarus fell by 13.8 percent and that from the US edged down by 0.22 percent.
There were 70 hotels with around 5,600 rooms in total in Vilnius in late June, with their average occupancy rate at 62.9 percent.