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.
Due to a 10.9% increase in the number of foreign tourists, our country is in the seventh place in the European Union. The fastest increase last year was recorded in Cyprus (20.1%), Slovakia (18%), and Bulgaria (13,5%). Portugal received 12.6% more tourists; an 11.5% increase was recorded in Slovenia and 11% in Ireland. Other countries included in the top ten countries according to the number of tourists after Lithuania were Romania (+10.6%), Spain (+9.9%), and Malta (+9.4%). Estonia ranks 14th (6.3%), while Latvia is the 15th(6.2%).
The growth of inbound tourism flows to EU countries has been recorded for seven years in a row and already exceeds pre-crisis indicators of 2008.