In January the number of tourists staying in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 43

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2012, 154,000 tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia, which was 5% more than in January the year earlier. For the first time, the number of tourists from Russia exceeded the number of tourists from Finland.

In January, 95,000 foreign and 59,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments – that is respectively 8% and 2% more than in January last year. The growth in the number of tourists was considerably lower than in January 2011, when the number of foreign tourists increased about a quarter and the number of domestic tourists by 12% compared to January 2010.

38,000 tourists from Russia, representing 40% of the total number of accommodated foreign tourists, used the services of accommodation establishments. 27% more tourists from Russia stayed in accommodation establishments than in January a year ago. 30,000 tourists came from Finland and their number decreased 7%. The number of tourists from Latvia, Norway and Germany also increased. The number of tourists from Sweden and United Kingdom stayed on the same level as in January in the previous year.

38% of the clients of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. About 1,000 domestic tourists more used the services of accommodation establishments, compared to January 2011. 29% of domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju county, 12% in Tartu county, 13% in Pärnu county, and 10% in Valga county. 52% of the domestic tourists were on holiday and almost a third were on business trips.

In January, 771 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 16,900 rooms and 37,300 bed-places were available for tourists, which is about 900 bed-places more than in January a year ago. The room occupancy rate was 34% and the bed occupancy rate was 28%.

The average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 30 euros, which is 3 euros more than in January 2011.

Accommodated tourists in accommodation establishments, January 2007–2012

Diagram: Accommodated tourists in accommodation establishments, January 2007–2012

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.