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In March, fewer tourists than last year

Posted on 7. May 2021 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, Estonian accommodation establishments served 51,000 tourists in March, which is a decrease of 43% compared to the same month of 2020. The numbers of both foreign and domestic tourists dropped.

Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that most of the accommodated guests were again domestic tourists. “In March 2020, half of the customers of accommodation establishments were foreign tourists, but the impact of the coronavirus reduced their share to 17% this March,” said Laurmaa.

Accommodation establishments served 9,000 foreign tourists, who spent there 32,000 nights in total. Compared to last year’s March, the number of foreign tourists dropped by 81% and their nights spent by 66%. The number of visitors from Russia fell by 93%, from Finland by 92% and from Latvia by 71%. The majority of foreign tourists stayed in Harju county, followed by Tartu, Ida-Viru and Pärnu counties.

42,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 5% less than in March 2020. However, their number of nights spent increased by 6%. Of the domestic tourists, 43% stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 13% in Tartu county, and 7% in Pärnu and Ida-Viru counties each.

In March, there were 897 accommodation establishments open for tourists in Estonia, which is 1% less than the year before. There were 19,000 rooms and 43,000 bed places available for guests. 14% of the rooms were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 26 euros, which is seven euros cheaper than in March 2020. An overnight stay cost more than the Estonian average in Harju and Tartu counties, respectively 29 and 27 euros. The average cost of a guest night in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru and Pärnu counties was 24 euros.


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.

See also the dedicated section on tourism, accommodation and food service and the tourism industry dashboard.

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.


For further information:

Kaia-Liisa Tabri
Communications Partner
Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 507 0521