The number of accommodated tourists increased in October
According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served over 227,000 tourists, which is 44% more than in the same month last year. The numbers of domestic tourists and foreign tourists both increased.
Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that, in October, foreign tourists found their way to Estonia once again. “Compared to October 2020, there were three times more foreign tourists, although their number was still almost two times smaller than in October 2019 before the crisis. The number of domestic tourists increased by 4% year on year and by 25% compared to October 2019,” noted Laurmaa.
Accommodation establishments served nearly 145,000 domestic tourists who spent a total of 241,000 nights. For 67% of domestic tourists, the purpose of their trip was holiday, and 22% were on business trips. The biggest share of domestic tourists (30%) were accommodated in Harju county, 17% in Pärnu county, 11% in Tartu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.
There were nearly 83,000 accommodated foreign tourists, and they spent a total of almost 180,000 nights in Estonia. Compared to October 2020, there was an increase in the number of tourists from European countries as well as from countries farther away. There were 31,000 tourists from Finland, 10,000 tourists from Latvia, 5,000 tourists from Germany and nearly 4,000 tourists from Russia. Still, the number of foreign tourists was much lower than in October 2019 before the crisis. 76% of the foreign tourists were accommodated in Harju county, followed by Pärnu (9%) and Tartu (7%) counties.
In October, there were 956 accommodation establishments open for tourists in Estonia, which is 19 establishments less than last year. There were 21,000 rooms and 48,000 bed places available for guests. The room occupancy rate was 39%. The average cost of a guest night was 36 euros per person, which is four euros more than in the same month last year but three euros cheaper than in October 2019. The average cost of an overnight stay per person was 43 euros in Tartu county, 37 euros in Harju county and 31 euros in Pärnu county.
Statistics Estonia collects and analyses accommodation data for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications with the aim to determine the economic situation in Estonia.
More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.
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