In April, fewer tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago

news release no 65

According to Statistics Estonia, in April 2018, domestic and foreign tourists staying in accommodation establishments numbered 251,000, which is 3% less than in April 2017. The number of foreign tourists decreased, while the number of domestic tourists stayed at the level of the previous year.

151,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 4% fewer than in April 2017. In April, 97,000 tourists, or 64% of the foreign tourists arrived from Latvia, Finland and Russia. Compared to April of the previous year, the number of tourists arriving from Latvia and Finland decreased by 2% and 16%, respectively, while the number of tourists from Russia increased by one fifth. The number of Finnish tourists fell for the third month in succession compared to the same month of the previous year. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase: in April, there were 7% more tourists arriving from Asian countries than in the same month a year ago. 71% 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 7% in Tartu city. 5% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county.

100,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. as much as in April 2017. The number of nights spent by domestic tourists increased by 3%, which means that the duration of stay of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments increased somewhat. 63% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip. 30% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 16% in Tartu county, 14% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In April, 956 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 bed places were available for tourists. 44% of the rooms and 35% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 36 euros, i.e. one euro less than in April 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros in Harju county, 39 euros in Tartu county and 30 euros in Pärnu county.
Accommodation by region, April 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 956 205 53 101 280 317
Rooms 19,778 8,563 1,181 1,483 4,334 4,217
Bed places 44,889 18,440 2,560 3,708 9,875 10,306
Room occupancy rate, % 44 56 48 22 38 31
Bed place occupancy rate, % 35 47 41 18 30 23
Tourists accommodated 250,576 140,357 18,139 11,686 39,694 40,700
Nights spent 472,753 261,506 31,401 19,807 89,654 70,385
residents of Estonia 170,601 52,006 17,950 14,040 43,174 43,431
foreign visitors 302,152 209,500 13,451 5,767 46,480 26,954
Average cost of a guest night, euros 36 40 32 29 29 33

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 May 2018. 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.