Tourism, accommodation and food service

Travelling is a great way to see life in neighbouring countries or in faraway places. Hundreds of millions of people travel every day – for work, vacation or to broaden one’s horizons. Visa-free travel in the Schengen area and the adoption of the euro have encouraged people to visit Estonia and made it easier for Estonian people to travel abroad. World Tourism Day is celebrated each year on September 27.

Statistics Estonia publishes the following tourism statistics:

  • travelling of Estonian residents, including number of domestic and foreign trips, purposes of trips, destination countries and expenditures on trips;
  • accommodated tourists and their nights spent;
  • number of accommodation establishments, rooms and bed places;
  • border crossings of non-residents, including their countries of residence, purposes of visit and expenditures on the trip;
  • economic indicators of tourism, accommodation and food service activities.

In-depth knowledge on tourism volumes, the characteristics of tourists and costs and benefits for the national economy allow assessing the role of tourism in general economic development. Evaluating the impact of seasonal demand helps to develop a strategy for alleviating seasonality. The statistics on border crossings are an important basis for developing tourism, as they provide information on the countries of residence of tourists and their reasons for visiting.

Domestic overnight trips of Estonian residents 684.3 thousands
45.1%
2022 Q2
Outbound overnight trips of Estonian residents 309.1 thousands
219.0%
2022 Q2
Expenditure on domestic overnight trips of Estonian residents 159.0 euros
-13.5%
2022 Q2
Expenditure on outbound overnight trips of Estonian residents 943.7 euros
-7.3%
2022 Q2
Accommodated tourists in accommodation establishments 269,837
18.6%
2022 OCTOBER
Accommodation establishments 973
1.8%
2022 OCTOBER
Rooms in accommodation establishments 21,482
4.5%
2022 OCTOBER
Bed places in accommodation establishments 49,732
4.4%
2022 OCTOBER
Nights spent by accommodated tourists 501,217
19.2%
2022 OCTOBER
Outbound and domestic overnight trips of Estonian residents | 2008–2021
Capacity of accommodation establishments | 2013 – 2021
Accommodation establishments Rooms Beds
2013 1,320 23,083 55,482
2014 1,419 23,971 58,095
2015 1,417 23,754 58,072
2016 1,454 24,503 59,471
2017 1,500 25,222 61,663
2018 1,535 24,983 61,193
2019 1,424 25,168 60,957
2020 1,327 24,556 59,640
2021 1,324 24,489 59,486

Overnight domestic trips of Estonian residents by main purpose of trip | 2008 – 2021
Unit: thousand
Total Professional, business Holidays, leisure and recreation Visits to friends and relatives Other
2008 802.5 93.1 256.1 431.3 22.0
2009 881.5 93.1 317.8 459.8 ..
2010 1,925.6 113.4 725.8 1,073.2 ..
2011 1,561.2 147.3 519.0 879.5 ..
2012 1,761.1 157.1 685.0 899.1 ..
2013 1,733.6 177.2 676.2 866.9 13.3
2014 2,572.3 316.3 831.5 1,406.4 18.2
2015 2,704.4 321.7 1,029.7 1,275.2 77.7
2016 3,253.6 427.0 1,265.6 1,485.3 75.7
2017 3,276.7 406.3 1,366.5 1,376.3 127.6
2018 4,399.1 445.1 2,030.9 1,795.2 127.8
2019 3,486.3 410.9 1,600.6 1,330.3 144.5
2020 2,135.6 190.1 1,198.7 689.4 57.5
2021 2,266.5 206.4 1,354.6 633.8 71.7

Outbound overnight trips of Estonian residents by main purpose of trip | 2008 – 2021
Unit: thousand
Total Professional, business Holidays, leisure and recreation Visits to friends and relatives Other
2008 691.5 160.6 365.1 152.8 ..
2009 752.1 150.2 371.7 211.4 ..
2010 955.2 137.4 598.7 219.1 ..
2011 1,054.2 232.3 457.8 359.6 ..
2012 1,146.8 236.9 574.7 312.4 22.8
2013 1,165.8 272.4 652.4 233.4 ..
2014 1,425.5 395.6 701.1 311.2 17.6
2015 1,249.9 338.9 686.8 213.2 ..
2016 1,339.3 422.7 684.6 223.3 ..
2017 1,279.4 318.9 753.0 194.6 ..
2018 2,068.5 502.0 1,228.4 305.1 33.0
2019 1,701.5 400.3 999.6 251.4 50.2
2020 558.1 140.7 337.8 65.3 ..
2021 574.5 135.5 335.8 89.2 ..

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