More than 100 representatives of Russia's national and local media have visited Lithuania this year at the invitation from the State Tourism Department.
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"By inviting the Russian media, we wanted to show that Lithuania remained hospitable, safe and open to tourists from all countries, regardless of tense political situation," the department's director Raimonda Balnienė said in a press release on Monday.

The journalists were offered trips to present Lithuania's tourism infrastructure and places of interest, namely, major cities, resorts and resort territories, SPA centres, rural tourism sites and cultural, active and culinary tourism opportunities in Lithuania.

According to the press release, over 113,000 Russian tourists visited Lithuania in the first half of this year, making it the largest flow of incoming tourists in Lithuania.

The Statistics Department has said that 57,600 Russian tourists stayed in hotels and hostels in Lithuania in April-June of this year, indicating a drop by 4.3 percent year-on-year.

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