In January, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 27

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2017, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments numbered 192,000, which was 8% more than in January 2016.

Compared to January 2016, the number of foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments increased 8%. Foreign tourists accounted for 55% of the total number of tourists. In January 2017, a total of 106,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. 62% of the foreign tourists came from European Union countries. 35% of the accommodated foreign tourists came from Finland, 29% from Russia and 8% from Latvia. Compared to January 2016, the number of tourists arriving from Russia and Latvia has increased by 15% and 22%, respectively. Also, there was an increase in the number of tourists arriving from Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom. The number of tourists from Finland remained at the level of January 2016. Of the accommodated foreign tourists, 70% came to Estonia for holidays, 23% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. Foreign tourists mainly preferred the accommodation establishments of Tallinn (75% of accommodated foreign tourists), Pärnu city (7%), Tartu city (5%) and Ida-Viru county (5%).

In January 2017, domestic tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments numbered 86,000, i.e. 6,000 domestic tourists more than in January 2016. Of the domestic tourists, 62% were on a holiday trip and 25% on a business trip. 29% of the domestic tourists who used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 17% in Pärnu county, 14% in Tartu county and 8% in Ida-Viru county.

In January, 954 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 19,000 rooms and 43,000 beds were available for tourists. 34% of the rooms and 27% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 36 euros, i.e. one euro more than in the same month of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was 42 euros in Harju county, 32 euros in Tartu county, 27 euros in Pärnu county and 30 euros in Ida-Viru county.

Accommodation by region, January 2017
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 954 206 54 107 266 321
Rooms 19,240 8,399 1,107 1,507 4,193 4,034
Beds 43,173 17,954 2,366 3,735 9,512 9,606
Room occupancy rate, % 34 44 35 19 26 26
Bed occupancy rate, % 27 36 30 15 20 20
Tourists accommodated 191,899 106,763 11,735 8,793 32,008 32,600
Nights spent 359,505 201,262 22,215 17,027 60,131 58,870
residents of Estonia 144,300 41,991 11,024 13,104 36,956 41,225
foreign visitors 215,205 159,271 11,191 3,923 23,175 17,645
Average cost of a guest night, euros 36 42 30 29 27 29

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 February 2017. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 14 working days. For the statistical activity “Accommodation”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

For further information:

Helga Laurmaa
Leading Statistician
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel. +372 625 9261

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database.