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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 321.8 thousands
-14.8%
I QUARTER 2021
Outbound overnight trips of Estonian residents 41.3 thousands
-84.2%
I QUARTER 2021
Expenditure on domestic overnight trips of Estonian residents 158.6 euros
35.7%
I QUARTER 2021
Expenditure on outbound overnight trips of Estonian residents 897.7 euros
-23.4%
I QUARTER 2021
Accommodated tourists in accommodation establishments 380,716
9.8%
JULY 2021
Accommodation establishments 1,211
-2.2%
JULY 2021
Rooms in accommodation establishments 22,823
-0.2%
JULY 2021
Bed places in accommodation establishments 54,256
-2.7%
JULY 2021
Nights spent by accommodated tourists 700,899
7.5%
JULY 2021
Outbound and domestic overnight trips of Estonian residents | 2007 - 2020
Capacity of accommodation establishments | 2012 – 2020
Accommodation establishments Rooms Beds
2012 1,238 22,106 52,979
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

Overnight domestic trips of Estonian residents by main purpose of trip | 2006 – 2020
Unit: thousand
Total Professional, business Holidays, leisure and recreation Visits to friends and relatives Other
2006 .. .. .. .. 15.8
2007 885.3 113.9 291.5 450.0 30.0
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

Outbound overnight trips of Estonian residents by main purpose of trip | 2006 – 2020
Unit: thousand
Total Professional, business Holidays, leisure and recreation Visits to friends and relatives Other
2006 .. .. .. .. 19.9
2007 677.0 203.4 318.2 142.3 ..
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 ..

News

Record number of domestic tourists accommodated in July

According to Statistics Estonia, in July 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served 381,000 tourists, which is a tenth more than in the same month last year. The number of domestic tourists increased compared to both July 2020 and July 2019, while the number of foreign tourists remained significantly smaller than in previous years.
Read more 8. September 2021