In April, there were fewer tourists accommodated than a year earlier

Posted on 7 June 2024, 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, accommodation establishments served nearly 234,000 tourists in April 2024, which is 7% less than in April last year. There were fewer domestic as well as foreign tourists accommodated.

Helga Laurmaa, leading analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that 115,700 foreign and 118,100 domestic tourists were accommodated in Estonia in April. “Compared with April 2023, there were 8% fewer foreign tourists and 5% fewer domestic tourists. The number of foreign tourists was 26% smaller than in April 2019 before the pandemic, but the number of domestic tourists was now 11% higher than in April 2019,” explained Laurmaa.

The largest numbers of tourists arrived from neighbouring countries – nearly 42,000 from Finland and 15,000 from Latvia. 6,000 people travelled to Estonia from Germany, 5,300 from Lithuania, and nearly 3,900 from Sweden. Compared with April last year, there were 32% more tourists from Germany, 19% more tourists from Sweden, 3% more tourists from Lithuania, and 82% more tourists from Asian countries. On the other hand, there was a fall in the number of tourists from the neighbouring countries Finland (down by 28%) and Latvia (down by 21%). The majority of tourists (75%) preferred to stay overnight in Harju county, followed by Pärnu and Tartu counties.

68% of the domestic tourists were on holiday and 23% were travelling on business. The biggest share of domestic tourists were accommodated in Harju county (34%), followed by Pärnu (14%), Tartu (13%) and Ida-Viru (10%) counties.

Tourists spent a total of 432,500 nights in accommodation establishments, of which domestic tourists accounted for 200,600 nights and foreign tourists for 231,900 nights.

In April, 917 accommodation establishments served visitors in Estonia. There were 21,100 rooms and 47,800 bed places available for guests. The room occupancy rate was 42%. The average cost of a guest night was 46 euros per person, which is 1 euro more than in April 2023 and 9 euros more than in April 2019 before the crisis. The average cost of an overnight stay per person was 53 euros in Tartu county, 48 euros in Harju county, 47 euros in Lääne-Viru county, 45 euros in Ida-Viru county, and 40 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.

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.

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Heidi Kukk
Media Relations Manager
Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9181
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