In March, more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago

news release no 48

According to Statistics Estonia, in March 2018, domestic and foreign tourists staying in accommodation establishments numbered 239,000, which is 5% more than in March 2017. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

133,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 5% more than in March 2017. In March, 92,000 tourists, or 69% of the foreign tourists arrived from Finland, Russia and Latvia. Compared to March of the previous year, the number of tourists arriving from Latvia and Russia increased 10% and 39%, respectively, while the number of tourists from Finland decreased 10%. There was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from several European and Asian countries. 72% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. 8% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu city and 5% in Tartu city. 6% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county.

107,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 5% more than in March 2017. The number of nights spent by domestic tourists increased 4%, which means that the duration of stay of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments decreased somewhat. 63% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% were on a business trip. 27% of the domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 17% in Pärnu county, 14% in Tartu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In March, 957 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 bed places were available for tourists. 40% of the rooms and 31% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 35 euros, i.e. one euro more than in March 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros in Harju county, 34 euros in Tartu county and 29 euros in Pärnu county.

Accommodation by region, March 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 957 205 52 103 279 318
Rooms 19,746 8,552 1,180 1,489 4,275 4,250
Bed places 44,759 18,404 2,516 3,692 9,782 10,365
Room occupancy rate, % 40 50 49 19 35 28
Bed place occupancy rate, % 31 41 43 19 28 21
Tourists accommodated 239,423 128,595 18,849 12,171 41,717 38,091
Nights spent 435,902 231,289 33,195 21,803 83,711 65,904
residents of Estonia 175,597 47,626 17,774 17,608 47,079 45,510
foreign visitors 260,305 183,663 15,421 4,195 36,632 20,394
Average cost of a guest night, euros 35 40 34 27 27 31

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 April 2018. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 17 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.