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Lithuania has secured its positions in China as an attractive tourist destination. The advertising campaign conducted by the State Department of Tourism in the greatest Chinese travel platform CTRIP and the most popular social networks WeChat and Weibo has resulted in an increase in the sales of trips to Lithuania even by 169 per cent!
Where do the bats migrate? Which lake in Lithuania is the cradle for swans? How can one distinguish the voices of owls? How will birds contribute to the commemoration of the centenary of Lithuania?.. Lithuania is appreciated by a number of enthusiasts of ornitological tourism from foreign countries due to the unique bird migration paths intersecting the country and the variety of the species of birds spending the winters here. It seems that Lithuanians know less what are the places of the country where the birds that return from warm climate countries like nesting. Spring is the high season for hatching. Hence the Department of Tourism offers discovering these special places of Lithuania this spring, when the life of birds is active and a new cycle of live nature starts.
Last year, the number of tourists who visited the countries of the European Union amounted to 0.5 billion, i.e. 4% more than in 2015. Lithuania is one of the countries that experienced a record increase of inbound tourism, which exceeded the EU average 2.7 times.
Tourists spend more nights in Lithuania than in Latvia or Estonia. According to EUROSTAT, the official statistical office of the European Union, in 2016 the number of overnight stays of tourists (local as well as foreign) who stayed in Lithuanian accommodation establishments, including rural tourism farmsteads, was the largest in the Baltic states and comprised 7 million, while in Estonia and Latvia this number amounted to 6.2 million and 4.4 million respectively.
According to the statistical data of accomodation establishments of 2016, last year, Lithuania recorded 1.49 million tourists from abroad who visited Lithuania and spent here at least one night. This is 9.4% more than in 2015. Meanwhile, the number of local tourists increased by 10.2% – as many as 1.26 million of Lithuanian population travelled and spent at least one night in accomodation establishments last year. The overall increase in Lithuania’s tourism in 2016 amounts to 9.8% (compared to 5.9% in 2015).
Starting the year of traveling in January has already become a tradition. This year, the international tourism, travel and active leisure exhibition “Adventur” marks its fifth anniversary. “The trends of food tourism have been growing throughout the world and also in Lithuania. Culinary experience for travellers has increasingly become the aim of traveling. However, tasting is not only flavours of local dishes; we also taste using ears, eyes and the heart. Impressions collected this way stir up the inner and outer limits of our personality, teach us openness” - Jurgita Kazlauskienė, Head of the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy, explained the invitation to taste the world and Lithuania. The exhibition will take place in Vilnius, in the exhibition and congress centre Litexpo on January 20-22.
Expropriation of the Lithuanian tourism trademark and its use for purposes discrediting the country is a reprehensible act and violation of intellectual property, and the State Tourism Department under the Ministry of Economy (hereinafter - SDT) strictly dissociates itself from anonymous “Lituania – imperfect perfection” page on Facebook.
Restaurants in Lithuania were classed as excellent by the “White Guide”, the leading restaurant guide in the Nordic countries. Among restaurants in the Baltic states that were rated for the first time, as many as six Lithuanian restaurants gained the highest ratings!
In the first quarter this year, organisations providing accommodation services in Lithuania received as many as 11 per cent more tourists compared to the same period last year. In the period from January to June, around 1.2 million tourists stayed in Lithuania. Lithuanians accounted for slightly less than half of them, namely, 46 per cent (548,000), meanwhile, foreigners accounted for 54 per cent (652,000) of all tourists coming to Lithuania. Most tourists arrived from Belarus (76,500), Germany (72,000) and Poland (70,000).
International tourism receipts in destinations around the world grew by 3.6% in 2015, in line with the 4.4% increase in international arrivals. For the fourth consecutive year, international tourism grew faster than world merchandise trade, raising tourism’s share in world’s exports to 7% in 2015. The total export value from international tourism amounted to US$ 1.4 trillion.