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 May, more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago
According to Statistics Estonia, 297,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in May 2017, which is 6% more than in May 2016.
In 2016, the nights spent in the accommodation establishments of the European Union countries totalled 2.8 billion, with Estonian accommodation establishments accounting for 0.2% of the EU total.
Tourism and accommodation
Traveling is popular in the world. In 2016, the number of overnight trips to foreign countries increased 4% in the world. Nearly 6 million foreign tourists visited Estonia in 2016 and more than a third of them used the services of accommodation establishments. Tourists from the neighbouring countries continue to be the main customers of Estonian accommodation establishments.
In April, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased
According to Statistics Estonia, 257,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in April 2017, which was 14% more than in April 2016.
In the 1st quarter, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased
According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2017, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments numbered 627,000, which was 9% more than in the same period of the previous year.