In 2016, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 16

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2016, more than 3 million domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 7% more than in 2015. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.

In 2016, 1.3 million domestic tourists and 2 million foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Compared to 2015, the number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased 7%. Of the foreign tourists using the services of accommodation establishments 46% arrived from Finland, 10% from Russia and 7% from Latvia. Compared to 2015, the number of tourists arriving from Finland, Russia and Latvia increased by 5%, 8% and 11%, respectively. Also, there was an increase in the number of accommodated tourists from Germany, Sweden and Lithuania. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries increased throughout the year. 73% of the accommodated foreign tourists came to Estonia for holidays, 21% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. 62% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip.

In December 2016, 255,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 9% more than in December 2015. 151,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 11% more than in December 2015. More tourists came from neighboring countries as well as from other major partners for Estonian tourism - Germany, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and Asian countries. 41% of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 104,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 8% more than in December 2015.

In December, 908 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 19,000 rooms and 43,000 beds were available for tourists. 42% of the rooms and 34% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, remaining at the level of December 2016.
Accommodation by region, December 2016
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 908 195 54 105 249 305
Rooms 19,196 8,364 1,153 1,582 4,130 3,967
Beds 42,953 17,789 2,443 3,947 9,332 9,442
Room occupancy rate, % 42 58 36 20 32 28
Bed occupancy rate, % 34 50 32 16 25 21
Tourists accommodated 255,036 155,437 14,209 11,223 37,973 36,194
Nights spent 455,309 278,017 24,452 19,672 71,788 61,380
residents of Estonia 166,011 46,616 15,872 16,447 42,729 44,347
foreign visitors 289,298 231,401 8,580 3,225 29,059 17,033
Average cost of a guest night, euros 37 41 33 28 31 31

On Monday, 6 February at 9:30 a.m. a meeting with the media will take place at Kultuurikatel (Põhja pst 27a). Statistics Estonia together with Enterprise Estonia, the Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association and Estonian Travel and Tourism Association will present the developments of the Estonian tourism sector in 2016.

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the deadline of which was 10 January 2017. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 18 working days. For the statistical activity “Accommodation”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

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.