Russian tourists flock to Estonia for New Year

30th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

A record number of Russian tourists will spend the New Year in the Estonian capital Tallinn in a post-Soviet tradition that is steadily growing, a tourism official said Friday.

"We had around 20,000 Russian tourists last year celebrating the arrival of the New Year in Tallinn, the number is expected to be 10 percent more this year," Feliks Magus, head of the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association told AFP.

"While the most wealthy Russians prefer Paris, London and the Swiss mountains, those coming to Tallinn this week are from the middle class," Magus said.

Tallinn hotels are fully booked for New Year's eve. Around 80 percent of the guests are middle class Russians.

After New Year, many tourists stay on to celebrate their traditional Russian Orthodox Christmas which falls on January 6.

© 2011 AFP

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