In September a lot of tourists stayed in accommodation establishments

news release no 139

According to Statistics Estonia, in September, 212,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments of Estonia, which was 15% more than in September a year ago. Compared to September of the previous year, the number of tourists from Russia and the United Kingdom increased the most.

In September, 151,000 foreign tourists or 71% of the total number of tourists using the services of accommodation establishments stayed in accommodation establishments of Estonia. 13,000 tourists came from Russia. The number of tourists from Russia among the clients of accommodation establishments has increased rapidly during the year. September was not an exception, when 47% more tourists came from Russia compared to September of the previous year. 71% of tourists from Russia used the services of accommodation establishments of Tallinn, 12% of Ida-Viru county and 5% of Tartu county. More than 8,000 tourists came from the United Kingdom, and compared to September of the previous year their number doubled. The main tourism partner country of Estonia is continually Finland. 62,000 tourists or 41% of the total number of foreign tourists using the services of accommodation came from Finland.

In September, 61,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 8% more than in the same month of the previous year. 47% of accommodated domestic tourists were on holiday and 39% on a business trip. Harju, Tartu and Pärnu counties were the most favoured destinations for domestic tourists, but they also liked to stay in accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county.

In September, 915 accommodation establishments or 16% less than in a high tourism month July provided services for tourists. 18,500 rooms and 42,000 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 44% and the bed occupancy rate 33%. Compared to July the room occupancy rate decreased 19 and the bed occupancy rate 22 percentage points.

The average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 30 euros being two euros more expensive compared to September 2010.

Accommodation by regions, September 2011
Accommodation Total Northern
Estonia
North-eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 915 180 54 90 288 303
Rooms 18 517 8 166 1 107 1 103 4 502 3 639
Beds 42 014 16 975 2 378 2 876 10 612 9 173
Room occupancy rate, % 44 61 37 25 33 29
Bed occupancy rate, % 33 48 32 18 26 19
Tourists accommodated 212 440 134 726 9 830 8 269 30 252 29 363
Nights spent 419 527 245 591 22 595 15 219 82 750 53 372
residents of Estonia 110 133 28 901 12 614 10 908 24 031 33 679
foreign visitors 309 394 216 690 9 981 4 311 58 719 19 693
Average cost of a guest night, euros 30 35 23 24 24 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.