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

news release no 75

According to Statistics Estonia, in May 2018, domestic and foreign tourists staying in accommodation establishments numbered 304,000, which is 2% more than in May 2017. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

202,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 3% more than in May 2017. In May, 111,000 tourists, or more than a half of the foreign tourists arrived from Latvia, Finland and Russia. Compared to May of the previous year, the number of tourists arriving from Latvia, Finland and Russia decreased by 7%, 3% and 13%, respectively. The number of Finnish tourists fell for the fourth month in succession compared to the same month of the previous year. More tourists arrived from Germany, Lithuania, Poland, the United Kingdom and several other European countries. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase: in May, there were 6% more tourists arriving from Asian countries than in the same month a year ago. 69% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. 8% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu city and 7% in Tartu city. 4% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county.

102,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 2% more than in May 2017. 61% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 26% on a business trip. 29% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 13% in both Tartu county and Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In May, 1,153 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 22,000 rooms and 50,000 bed places were available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and 36% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 41 euros, i.e. one euro more than in May 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 48 euros in Harju county, 35 euros in Tartu county and 31 euros in both Pärnu county and Ida-Viru county.

Accommodation by region, May 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,153 223 58 121 388 363
Rooms 21,766 8,773 1,311 1,609 5,245 4,828
Bed places 50,104 19,057 2,866 4,079 12,330 11,772
Room occupancy rate, % 46 67 41 22 36 30
Bed place occupancy rate, % 36 53 36 17 28 22
Tourists accommodated 303,911 175,090 18,875 13,467 49,765 46,714
Nights spent 555,396 314,312 31,838 21,404 107,487 80,355
residents of Estonia 169,959 50,448 18,153 14,599 41,076 45,683
foreign visitors 385,437 263,864 13,685 6,805 66,411 34,672
Average cost of a guest night, euros 41 48 31 31 31 31

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