In August, more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments

news release no 108

According to Statistics Estonia, 435,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in August 2017, which is 4% more than in August 2016.

In August 2017, there were 18,000 tourists more using the services of accommodation establishments of Estonia than in the same month of the previous year. The number of foreign and domestic tourists increased by 3% and 7%, respectively, compared to August 2016. Foreign tourists accounted for 60% of the total number of tourists. In August 2017, a total of 263,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. 78% of the foreign tourists came from EU countries, 8% from Russia and 5% from Asian countries. 165,000 foreign tourists, i.e. 63% 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 10% 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 3% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services. Most (77%) of the foreign tourists were on a holiday and 17% on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia.

40% of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. In August 2017, the number of domestic tourists using the services of accommodation establishments was 172,000, of which 67% were on a holiday and 18% on a business trip. 21% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 13% in Pärnu county, 10% in Tartu county and 8% in both Ida-Viru county and Saare county.

In August, 1,357 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 24,000 rooms and 56,000 beds were available for tourists. 55% of the rooms and 46% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros, i.e. the same as in August 2016. The average cost of a guest night was 46 euros in Harju county, 37 euros in Pärnu county, 32 euros in Ida-Viru county and 31 euros in both Tartu county and Saare county.

Accommodation by region, August 2017
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,357 238 69 137 520 393
Rooms 23,678 8,712 1,444 1,819 6,572 5,131
Beds 56,370 19,124 3,417 4,627 16,470 12,732
Room occupancy rate, % 55 74 46 37 47 42
Bed occupancy rate, % 46 64 42 35 38 34
Tourists accommodated 435,240 208,225 23,029 28,695 99,021 76,270
Nights spent 801,927 379,139 44,481 49,486 193,346 135,475
residents of Estonia 301,741 61,492 26,604 38,633 90,187 84,825
foreign visitors 500,186 317,647 17,877 10,853 103,159 50,650
Average cost of a guest night, euros 38 46 32 22 34 26

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 September 2017. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 19 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.