In October, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 129

According to Statistics Estonia, 271,100 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia in October 2017, which is 1% more than in October 2016.

166,000 foreign tourists and 105,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Fewer foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than in October of the previous year, but there were 5% more domestic tourists. The number of foreign tourists was mainly affected by a 13% decrease in the number of Finnish tourists. Fewer tourists came also from Sweden (-16%), Denmark (-14%) and Norway (-11%). At the same time, the number of tourists from several EU countries, as well as from Russia and Asian countries increased. 120,000 foreign tourists, i.e. 73% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services, stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were Pärnu and Tartu cities, where respectively 8% and 6% of the accommodated foreign tourists stayed. 4% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county. 65% of foreign tourists were on a holiday, 27% on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia.

39% of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 60% of them were on a holiday trip and 26% on a business trip. 28% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 14% in both Tartu county and Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In October 2017, 1,014 accommodation establishments offered their services. 20,000 rooms and 47,000 bed places were available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and 35% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros, which is three euros more than in October 2016. The average cost of a guest night was 45 euros in Harju county, 35 euros in Tartu county, 30 euros in Ida-Viru county and 29 euros in Pärnu county.

Accommodation by region, October 2017
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,014 209 60 108 310 327
Rooms 20,462 8,484 1,329 1,594 4,668 4,387
Bed places 46,819 18,240 3,097 4,042 10,743 10,697
Room occupancy rate, % 46 62 48 25 39 29
Bed place occupancy rate, % 35 49 37 19 31 21
Tourists accommodated 270,822 153,214 19,006 12,970 46,354 39,278
Nights spent 508,470 276,750 35,770 24,102 103,507 68,341
residents of Estonia 179,339 49,509 20,481 17,901 47,722 43,726
foreign visitors 329,131 227,241 15,289 6,201 55,785 24,615
Average cost of a guest night, euros 38 45 30 32 29 32

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 November 2017. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 17 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.