Estonia has recorded a 34 percent rise in visitors from the UK and Ireland for January compared to last year. The increase in travellers has been announced during Tallinn’s year as the European Capital of Culture, which is said to have helped boost interest in the country. Ryanair and easyJet’s flights from have also been cited as a helpful push. “Tallinn is also benefitting from the new Ryanair flights. The company established a hub in Tallinn and opened five routes to Tallinn in December and two routes in January, including three from the UK and Ireland, with new direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh and Luton and a fourth new route from East Midlands started on 1st January,” said Tamro Mutso, director of tourism for Estonia. “In addition we’re delighted that easyJet are also extending their flying schedule with a new flight from Liverpool to Tallinn starting on 26th April to supplement the existing Stansted route.” The country’s total number of international bed nights increased by 24 percent, with high demand from the Russian and Finnish markets.