In September fewer tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than a year ago

news release no 114

According to Statistics Estonia, in September 2018, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments numbered 276,000, which is 2% fewer than in September 2017. Compared to September of the previous year, the number of both domestic and foreign tourists decreased.

178,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 2% fewer than in September 2017. In September, 85,000 tourists, i.e. almost a half of the foreign tourists arrived from Finland, Russia and Latvia. Compared to September of the previous year, the number of tourists arriving from Finland and Russia decreased by 10% and 8%, respectively, while the number of tourists from Latvia increased by 5%. There was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from several European and Asian countries. 69% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. 9% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu city and 7% in Tartu city. 4% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county. 67% of foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 25% on a business trip.

98,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 1% fewer than in September 2017. 60% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 28% on a business trip. 28% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 14% in both in Pärnu and Tartu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In September, 1,146 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 22,000 rooms and 51,000 bed places were available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and a third of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros, i.e. one euro less than in September 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 47 euros in Harju county, 31 euros in Pärnu county, 36 euros in Tartu county and 32 euros in Ida-Viru county.

Accommodation by region, September 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,146 221 60 117 401 347
Rooms 22,033 8,922 1,355 1,595 5,335 4,826
Bed places 51,470 19,828 3,173 3,982 12,791 11,696
Room occupancy rate, % 46 66 46 22 35 31
Bed place occupancy rate, % 33 48 35 18 26 22
Tourists accommodated 276,301 154,247 18,621 12,659 48,028 42,746
Nights spent 515,926 285,354 32,937 21,471 99,837 76,327
residents of Estonia 165,470 46,496 17,285 15,244 40,164 46,281
foreign visitors 350 456 238,858 15,652 6,227 59,673 30,046
Average cost of a guest night, euros 40 47 32 28 31 31

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 October 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
Analyst
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel. +372 625 9261

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.