In October the number of foreign tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 148

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2009 113,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 3% more than in the same month of the previous year.

In October 174,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments. Foreign tourists accounted for 65% of them. Compared to October of the previous year, the number of tourists from Finland and Russia using the services of accommodation establishments increased (15% and 22%, respectively). Only from these two major partner countries the number of tourists using accommodation services increased. The number of tourists from Latvia decreased by about a quarter, from Germany by a fifth and from Sweden by 7%. Sweden, wherefrom almost 7,000 tourists arrived, was the second major partner country for accommodation establishments after Finland.

As in the previous months of the year, in October compared to the same month of the previous year, the number of domestic tourists using the services of accommodation establishments decreased. 61,000 of Estonian residents stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 12% less than in October of the previous year. The number of domestic tourists on holiday trips decreased by 11% and that of tourists on business trips by 18%.

In October 732 accommodation establishments with 17,100 rooms and 37,000 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 37% and it was two percentage points less than in October 2008.

The average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 424 kroons, which was 80 kroons cheaper compared to October of the previous year.

Accommodation by regions, October 2009
Accommodation Total Northern
Estonia
North-eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 732 159 49 69 219 236
Rooms 17 133 7 982 997 969 4 048 3 137
Beds 37 044 16 414 2 057 2 259 8 932 7 382
Room occupancy rate, % 37 43 35 19 37 26
Bed occupancy rate, % 29 35 32 16 29 20
Tourists accommodated 174 119 105 609 9 430 6 895 29 769 22 416
Nights spent 334 126 176 463 20 229 11 033 81 427 44 974
residents of Estonia 109 875 23 677 14 656 8 164 29 707 33 671
foreign visitors 224 251 152 786 5 573 2 869 51 720 11 303
Average cost of a guest night, kroons 424 497 359 389 344 319

For further information:

Helga Laurmaa
Leading Statistician
Services Statistics Service
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9261

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database.