In October more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago

news release no 161

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2010, 191,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments or 17,000 tourists more than in the same month of the previous year.

The number of foreign tourists increased by a tenth compared to October of the previous year, which was the biggest growth in October during recent years. The number of accommodated tourists from Estonia’s neighbouring countries Russia, Finland and Latvia as well as from Germany and Lithuania increased compared to October of the previous year. The number of tourists from Sweden and Norway decreased. In total, 123,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Foreign tourists continue to account for about two thirds of the total number of tourists who used accommodation services.

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 increased. 68,000 of Estonian residents stayed in accommodation establishments – 6,000 tourists more than in October of the previous year, but 3% less than in October 2008. Compared to October of the previous year, the number of domestic tourists on holiday trips as well as on business trips increased.

In October, 788 accommodation establishments with 17,000 rooms and 38,000 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 40%, which is 3 percentage points more than in October of the previous year. Compared to the summer tourism high season the number of rooms available for tourists decreased 15% and the number of bed places decreased 19%.

In October, the average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 414 kroons (26 euros), which was 2% less than in October of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night in Tallinn was 482 kroons (31 euros), in Tartu 408 kroons (26 euros) and in Pärnu 343 kroons (22 euros).

Accommodation by regions, October 2010
Accommodation Total Northern
Estonia
North-eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 788 156 49 75 244 264
Rooms 17 257 7 740 1 043 951 4 232 3 291
Beds 37 804 15 859 2 114 2 318 9 696 7 817
Room occupancy rate, % 40 48 36 26 38 27
Bed occupancy rate, % 32 41 33 21 31 18
Tourists accommodated 191 366 114 271 9 807 8 123 34 387 24 778
Nights spent 374 464 200 050 21 693 15 048 93 370 44 303
residents of Estonia 120 406 28 402 13 996 11 312 35 228 31 468
foreign visitors 254 058 171 648 7 697 3 736 58 142 12 835
Average cost of a guest night, kroons 414 472 383 353 335 358
Average cost of a guest night, euros 26 30 24 23 21 23

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.