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.
Tourism, accommodation and catering
In August, fewer tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than in the same month a year ago
According to Statistics Estonia, 379,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in August, which was 2% less than in August of the previous year. The number of foreign tourists decreased and the number of domestic tourists increased.
In July, the peak month for tourism, more tourists than a year ago stayed in accommodation establishments
According to Statistics Estonia, 440,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in July, which is 4% more than in the same month of the previous year. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.
In June, the number of tourists staying in accommodation establishments increased
According to Statistics Estonia, 335,000 tourists or 6% more than in the same month of the previous year stayed in accommodation establishments in June. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.
Tourism and accommodation
Travelling is popular worldwide. In 2013, according to the preliminary data of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of overnight foreign trips exceeded the result of the previous record year (2012) by 5% and amounted to a record-high 1.09 billion. In European countries, there were 563 million overnight foreign trips, meaning that the number of foreign tourists visiting European countries increased by 29 million during the year. Estonia received more than six million visitors in 2013. The total number of visitors increased 13% compared to 2012. The foreign visitors consumed more than a billion euros’ worth of goods and services while in Estonia. Compared to 2012, foreign visitors spent 95 million euros or a tenth more. Estonia’s income from foreign tourism (i.e. exports of tourism services) in 2013 amounted to 1.35 billion euros.
In May more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago
According to Statistics Estonia, 274,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in May. There were 2% more foreign tourists and 9% more domestic tourists than in the same month of the previous year.