The number of accommodated tourists was boosted by foreign tourists

Posted on 8 September 2022, 8:00

According to Statistics Estonia, in July 2022, Estonian accommodation establishments served over 479,000 tourists, which is 26% more than in July last year. The number of domestic tourists fell, while the number of foreign tourists* increased.

Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said that over 229,000 foreign and nearly 250,000 domestic tourists were accommodated in Estonia in July. “There were 169% more foreign tourists than in July 2021. However, the number of foreign tourists was still 30% smaller than in July 2019 before the pandemic. The number of domestic tourists grew fast in the two previous years, but in July 2022 there was a 16% decrease year on year,” added Laurmaa.

Compared to July 2021, there was an increase in the number of tourists from European countries as well as from countries outside of Europe. 52% of foreign tourists (118,000) came from Finland. There were about 22,000 tourists from Latvia, 14,000 tourists from Germany and 8,000 tourists from Lithuania. 68% of the foreign tourists were accommodated in Harju county, followed by Pärnu (13%), Tartu (6%) and Saare county (5%). Foreign tourists spent a total of 440,000 nights in Estonia.

For 76% of domestic tourists, the purpose of their trip was holiday, and 15% were on business trips. The largest share of domestic tourists (19%) were accommodated in Harju county. 17% of domestic tourists stayed overnight in Pärnu county and 10% in Saare county, while Tartu and Ida-Viru counties each accommodated 9% of domestic tourists. Domestic tourists spent a total of 459,000 nights in accommodation establishments.

In July, 1,212 accommodation establishments served visitors – this is 33 more than in June. There were 23,000 rooms and 55,000 bed places available for guests. The room occupancy rate was 58%. The average cost of a guest night was 43 euros per person, which is two euros more than in June. The average cost of an overnight stay per person was 51 euros in Harju county, 47 euros in Tartu county, 45 euros in Pärnu county, 41 euros in Saare county and 37 euros in Ida-Viru county.

* The number of foreign tourists does not include refugees from Ukraine.

Tourists accommodated in Estonia, 2019–2022

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:

Helen Maria Raadik
Media Relations Manager

Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9191


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