Last year, the number of foreign tourists fell to the level of 1997, while domestic tourism set a record

Posted on 10 February 2022, 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served over two million tourists, which is 8% more than in 2020, but 44% less than in 2019. The number of domestic tourists increased, while the number of foreign tourists decreased.

Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that 1.6 million domestic tourists and approximately 600,000 foreign tourists were accommodated in Estonia last year. The number of domestic tourists increased by 22% compared to 2020 and by 3% compared to 2019. The number of foreign tourists was 17% lower than in 2020, far below the pre-crisis level. “Accommodation establishments have never served so many domestic tourists in a year, but the number of foreign tourists was comparable to 1997,” explained Laurmaa.  

Domestic tourists spent 2.7 million nights in accommodation establishments and foreign tourists 1.3 million nights. In comparison with 2020, nights spent by domestic tourists increased by 20%, while nights spent by foreign tourists fell by 9%.

The most foreign tourists came from neighbouring countries: 144,000 from Finland and 89,000 from Latvia. 42,000 tourists came from Germany and 29,000 tourists from both Lithuania and Russia. Both domestic and foreign tourists were mainly accommodated in Harju county, followed by Pärnu, Tartu and Ida-Viru counties. In 2021, the average cost of a guest night was 34 euros, which is 6% more than the year before.

In December 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served 195,000 tourists, of whom 123,00 came from Estonia and 71,000 from other countries. Their total number of nights spent was 206,000 and 149,000, respectively. In December 2020, travelling was more complicated than in December 2021; therefore, at the end of last year, both the number of domestic and foreign tourists rose significantly. There were 889 accommodation establishments open for tourists. 33% of the rooms and 25% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, which is seven euros more than in December 2020.

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:

Kadri Kütt
Media Relations Manager

Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9181

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