In July, more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago

news release no 96

According to Statistics Estonia, 498,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in July 2017, which is 2% more than in July 2016.

312,000 foreign tourists and 186,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Less foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than in July of the previous year, but there were 8% more domestic tourists. The number of foreign tourists was mainly affected by a 9% decrease in the number of Finnish tourists. 4% less foreign tourists came also from Germany. At the same time, there were 13% more Russian tourists and 7% more Latvian tourists staying at accommodation establishments. The number of tourists from Asian countries, Sweden, Spain and the UK also increased.

188,000 foreign tourists, i.e 60% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The second most popular destination was Pärnu city, accounting for 12% of all accommodated foreign tourists, followed by Tartu city, which accounted for 7% of the accommodated foreign tourists. Saare county accounted for 5% and Ida-Viru county for 4% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services. Most (80%) of the foreign tourists were on a holiday and 13% on a business trip.

37% of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 71% of them were on a holiday and 14% on a business trip. 19% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county, 10% in Ida-Viru county and 9% in both Tartu county and Saare county.

In July, 1,364 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 24,000 rooms and 57,000 beds were available for tourists. 61% of the rooms and 53% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros, i.e. four euros more than in the same month of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was 46 euros in Harju county, 40 euros in Pärnu county, 32 euros in Saare county, 31 euros in Tartu county and 30 euros in Ida-Viru county.

Accommodation by region, July 2017
Accommodation Total Northern
Accommodation establishments 1,364 244 70 137 514 399
Rooms 23,727 8,816 1,463 1,737 6,544 5,167
Beds 56,796 19,498 3,441 4,399 16,508 12,950
Room occupancy rate, % 61 77 54 35 57 47
Bed occupancy rate, % 53 69 50 30 51 40
Tourists accommodated 498,181 233,689 30,241 25,123 125,868 83,260
Nights spent 935,068 417,977 53,852 40,353 261,247 161,639
residents of Estonia 334,298 65,163 31,289 28,783 107,590 101 473
foreign visitors 600,770 352,814 22,563 11,570 153,657 60,166
Average cost of a guest night, euros 38 46 30 24 36 25

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 August 2017. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 18 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.