Tourism, accommodation and catering

Travelling is people’s need and way of communication. The reasons for which people travel have been the same for already thousands of years: religion and work, recreation and holiday. The elements of modern tourism could be observed already in the bathing areas in Old Egypt where the first hotels were established. Near trade roads accommodation and catering establishments were located; the vehicles of that time enabled only slow motion.

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Foreign visitors in Estonia

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Anu Tõnurist, Kaja Sõstra
– Eesti Statistika Kvartalikiri. 2/15. Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics Estonia (p. 26)

The tourism sector has an important role in the Estonian economy as it is connected to many other economic sectors. The development of this sector requires information about foreign visitors. In 2014, Enterprise Estonia and Statistics Estonia conducted the Foreign Visitors Survey to collect information about the purpose of visiting Estonia, the main activities here, the travel expenditure of foreign visitors and their assessment of the visit, among other things. The article presents the main findings of the survey and describes the methodology.

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In April, the number of accommodated tourists stayed on the level of the previous year

news release no 69

According to Statistics Estonia, 209,400 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in April 2015. The number of foreign tourists decreased and the number of domestic tourists increased.

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In March, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments decreased

news release no 50

According to Statistics Estonia, 188,000 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in March 2015, which is 3% fewer than in March 2014. The number of foreign tourists decreased and the number of domestic tourists increased.

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Tourism

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Minifacts about Estonia 2015 (p. 56)

In 2014, 6 million foreign visitors arrived in Estonia, 47% of whom stayed in Estonia for more than one night. 68% of foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. In 2014, over 3 million domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 4% more than in 2013. Tourists spent a total of 5.8 million nights in Estonian accommodation establishments. In 2014, the nights spent in the accommodation establishments of European Union countries totalled 2.7 billion. Tourist nights spent in Estonian accommodation establishments make up 0.2% of the number of nights spent in the accommodation establishments of the EU countries.

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In February, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments decreased

news release no 41

According to Statistics Estonia, 177,000 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in February 2015, which is 1% fewer than in February 2014. The number of foreign tourists decreased and the number of domestic tourists increased.

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