In October, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 155

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2012, 220,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 3% more than in October of the previous year.

In October, 144,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments or 65% of the total number of tourists using the services of accommodation establishments. Two thirds of the foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. Compared to October of the previous year, the number of tourists from Finland decreased 3% and the number of tourists from Russia and Latvia increased 18% and 11%, respectively. The number of tourists from other larger tourism partner countries – Sweden and Germany – stayed on the previous year’s level and the number of tourists from Norway decreased by 3% compared to October of the previous year. Traditionally most of the foreign tourists stayed in Tallinn – 77% of the accommodated foreign tourists. 7% of the foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments of Pärnu county, 5% in Tartu county and 3% in Ida-Viru county.

In October, 76,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 6% more than in October of the previous year. About one fifth of accommodated domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments of Tallinn, 14% in Pärnu county, 13% in Tartu county and a tenth in Ida-Viru county.

In October, 820 accommodation establishments with 18,000 rooms and 39,000 bed-places were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 45% and the bed occupancy rate was 35%. In October, 36% of bed places in sales were in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn and the bed occupancy rate was significantly higher in Tallinn than the national average – the bed occupancy rate was 50%. 13%, 7% and 6% of bed places in sales were in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu, Tartu and Ida-Viru counties, respectively; the bed occupancy rate in Tartu and Pärnu counties were equal to the national average, in Ida-Viru county, however, five percentage points higher.

In October, the average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 31 euros and it was three euros more expensive than in the same period of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was higher in Tallinn than the national average.

Accommodation by regions, October 2012
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 820 169 53 78 246 274
Rooms 17 789 8 041 1 043 1 043 4 256 3 406
Beds 39 443 16 647 2 181 2 604 9 701 8 310
Room occupancy rate, % 45 58 49 28 36 30
Bed occupancy rate, % 35 47 40 19 30 22
Tourists accommodated 219 949 134 723 11 956 8 496 34 364 30 410
Nights spent 432 007 242 388 26 952 15 669 91 117 55 881
residents of Estonia 134 088 35 293 14 931 11 263 35 986 36 615
foreign visitors 297 919 207 095 12 021 4 406 55 131 19 266
Average cost of a guest night, euros 31 35 29 28 25 24

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.