In October, the number of tourists using the services of accommodation establishments increased

news release no 142

According to Statistics Estonia, 238,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in October, which was 4% more than in October of the previous year. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.

In October, 150,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 1,400 foreign tourists more than in October of the previous year. The neighbouring countries are continually the largest tourism partner countries of accommodation establishments. 51% of the foreign tourists using the services of accommodation establishments arrived from Finland, 11% from Russia and 7% from Latvia. Compared to October 2013, the number of tourists arriving from Finland and Latvia increased by 2% and 12%, respectively. Also, compared to October 2013, there was an increase in the number of accommodated tourists from Sweden, the United Kingdom and Lithuania. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries has increased during the entire year. 14% fewer tourists from Russia and 13% fewer tourists from Germany stayed in accommodation establishments than in October 2013.

73% of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were the cities of Pärnu and Tartu, accounting for 7% and 4% of all accommodated foreign tourists, respectively. More than two-thirds of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and about a quarter was on a business trip.

In October, 88,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 9% more than in October of the previous year. 30% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county and 11% in Tartu county. 57% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 29% were on a business trip.

In October, 957 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 19,000 rooms and 44,000 beds were available for tourists. In October, the room occupancy rate was 41% and the bed occupancy rate was 32%. Compared to the summer high season, 14% fewer rooms and 20% fewer beds were available for tourists. The average cost of a guest night was 34 euros, which is one euro more than in October 2013. The average cost of a guest night in Tallinn was higher than the country’s average.

Accommodation by region, October 2014
Accommodation Total Northern
Estonia
North-Eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 957 187 58 98 286 328
Rooms 19 485 8 226 1 306 1 345 4 539 4 069
Beds 44 149 18 035 2 738 3 296 10 265 9 815
Room occupancy rate, % 41 58 36 24 33 25
Bed occupancy rate, % 32 45 29 19 29 19
Tourists accommodated 238 105 144 708 12 176 10 716 36 483 31 067
Nights spent 444 283 250 271 24 804 18 968 92 957 57 283
residents of Estonia 147 378 41 230 15 023 13 456 39 240 38 429
foreign visitors 296 905 209 041 9 781 5 512 53 717 18 854
Average cost of a guest night, euros 34 39 32 29 28 26

For further information:

Helga Laurmaa
Leading Statistician
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel. +372 625 9261

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database.