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

news release no 105

According to Statistics Estonia, in August 2018, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments numbered 448,000, which is 3% more than in August 2017. Compared to August of the previous year, the number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists stayed at the level of the previous year.

263,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. as much as in August 2017. Fewer tourists than in August 2017 arrived from neighbouring countries – Latvia, Finland and Russia. More tourists arrived from Germany, Spain, Italy and Sweden. The number of tourists from Asian countries increased by 18% compared to the same month of the previous year. 62% of foreign tourists preferred to stay in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn, 10% stayed in Pärnu city, 8% in Tartu city and 3% of foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county. 77% of foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 17% on a business trip.

185,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 8% more than in August 2017. 67% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 19% on a business trip. 19% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 16% in Pärnu county, 11% in Ida-Viru county and 10% in Tartu county.

In August, 1,387 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 24,000 rooms and 58,000 bed places were available for tourists. 56% of the rooms and 46% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros, i.e. two euros more than in August 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 51 euros in Harju county, 37 euros in Pärnu county, 35 euros in Tartu county and 28 euros in Ida-Viru county.

Accommodation by region, August 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,387 242 68 138 543 396
Rooms 24,174 9,071 1,532 1,802 6,582 5,187
Bed places 58,197 20,031 3,719 4,681 17,028 12,738
Room occupancy rate, % 56 75 55 34 47 42
Bed place occupancy rate, % 46 61 48 32 39 35
Tourists accommodated 448,125 208,211 30,022 27,301 105,338 77,253
Nights spent 825,996 379,372 55,885 46,659 206,033 138,047
residents of Estonia 323,388 59,988 34,651 34,862 104,772 89,115
foreign visitors 502,608 319,384 21,234 11,797 101,261 48,932
Average cost of a guest night, euros 40 51 28 25 34 27

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 September 2018. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 19 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.