In January, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 26

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2018, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments numbered 206,000, which is 7% more than in January 2017.

Compared to January 2017, the number of foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments increased 12%. Foreign tourists accounted for 58% of the total number of tourists. In January 2018, a total of 118,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. 33% of the accommodated foreign tourists came from Finland, 31% from Russia and 8% from Latvia. Compared to January 2017, the number of tourists arriving from Russia increased by one fifth. The number of tourists arriving from Finland, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom also increased. There were less tourists from Norway and Germany in accommodation establishments than in January 2017. Of the accommodated foreign tourists, 68% came to Estonia for holidays, 24% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. Three quarters of foreign tourists preferred the accommodation establishments of Tallinn.

In January 2018, domestic tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments numbered 87,000, i.e. 2% more than in January 2017. Of the domestic tourists, 63% were on a holiday trip and 24% on a business trip. 28% of the domestic tourists who used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 16% in Pärnu county, 15% in Tartu county and 10% in Ida-Viru county.

In January 2018, 962 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 46,000 bed places were available for tourists. 35% of the rooms and 28% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, i.e. one euro more than in the same month of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was 43 euros in Harju county, 34 euros in Tartu county, 27 euros in Pärnu county and 34 euros in Ida-Viru county.

Accommodation by region, January 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 962 203 52 104 276 327
Rooms 19,978 8,720 1,184 1,515 4,287 4,272
Bed places 45,626 19,076 2,550 3,741 9,754 10,505
Room occupancy rate, % 35 46 43 16 27 25
Bed place occupancy rate, % 28 37 37 14 21 18
Tourists accommodated 205,540 115,604 15,778 9,267 32,013 32,878
Nights spent 389,966 220,503 29,576 16,538 64,099 59,250
residents of Estonia 147,386 41,692 14,552 12,797 36,923 41,422
foreign visitors 242,580 178,811 15,024 3,741 27,176 17,828
Average cost of a guest night, euros 37 43 34 31 27 29

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 February 2018. 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:

Piret Pukk
Leading Statistician-Methodologist
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel. +372 625 9293

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.