In August, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 116

According to Statistics Estonia, in August, domestic and foreign tourists having stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments numbered 417,000, which was 6% more than in August 2015.

In August 2016, 24,000 tourists more used the services of accommodation establishments of Estonia than in the same month of the previous year. The number of foreign and domestic tourists increased by 6% and 5%, respectively, compared to August 2015. Foreign tourists accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total number of tourists. In August 2016, 256,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments or 15,000 foreign tourists more than in August 2015. 38% of the foreign tourists came from Finland, 10% from Germany, 8% from Russia and 7% from Latvia. 78% of the accommodated foreign tourists came to Estonia for holidays, 17% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. Foreign tourists mainly prefer the accommodation establishments of Tallinn (63% of the accommodated foreign tourists), Pärnu city (10%), Tartu city (6%) and Saare county (5%).

In August 2016, domestic tourists having used the services of accommodation establishments numbered 162,000, which were 8,000 domestic tourists more than in August of the previous year. 65% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 18% on a business trip. 20% of the domestic tourists having used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county, 9% in Ida-Viru county and 8% in Saare county.

In August 2016, 1,311 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds (1,300 beds more than in August 2015) were available for tourists. 56% of the rooms and 47% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 35 euros or two euros more than a year earlier. The average cost of a guest night was 42 euros in Harju county, 36 euros in Pärnu county, 32 euros in Saare county, and 30 euros in Tartu county.

Accommodation by region, August 2016
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,311 230 73 132 492 384
Rooms 22,961 8,590 1,548 1,776 6,493 4,554
Beds 55,289 18,792 3,753 4,498 16,399 11,847
Room occupancy rate % 56 75 45 39 47 43
Bed occupancy rate % 47 64 40 37 40 34
Tourists accommodated 417,242 201,616 23,608 28,010 96,389 67,619
Nights spent 799,710 375,533 46,921 51,073 201,873 124,310
residents of Estonia 300,085 58,836 27,984 38,146 94,249 80,870
foreign visitors 499,625 316,697 18,937 12,927 107,624 43,440
Average cost of a guest night euros 35 42 27 22 33 25

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation” the deadline of which was 10 September 2016. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 21 working days.

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.