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

news release no 128

According to Statistics Estonia, in October 2018, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments numbered 274,000, which is 1% more than in October 2017. Compared to October of the previous year, the number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.

163,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 2% fewer than in October 2017. In October of this year, 98,600 tourists, i.e. 61% of the foreign tourists arrived from Finland, Russia and Latvia. Compared to October of the previous year, the number of tourists arriving from Finland and Russia decreased by 9% and 1%, 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 countries – from Germany, Lithuania, Norway and Spain. Fewer tourists came from Asian countries than in October 2017. 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 6% in Tartu city. 4% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county. 65% of foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 27% on a business trip.

111,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 6% more than in October 2017. 58% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 30% on a business trip. 28% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 16% in Tartu county, 13% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In October 2018, 1,005 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 47,000 bed places were available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and 35% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros, i.e. as expensive as in October 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 44 euros in Harju county, 31 euros in Pärnu and in Ida-Viru counties and 36 euros in Tartu county.

Accommodation by region, October 2018
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,005 207 57 105 319 317
Rooms 20,489 8,802 1,204 1,485 4,671 4,327
Bed places 47,055 19,123 2,619 3,672 11,099 10,542
Room occupancy rate, % 46 60 53 27 38 33
Bed place occupancy rate, % 35 46 45 22 29 23
Tourists accommodated 273,780 152,020 19,633 13,286 44,551 44,290
Nights spent 510,537 273,397 36,635 25,234 98,496 76,775
residents of Estonia 190,461 50,837 21,995 19,516 46,965 51,148
foreign visitors 320,076 222,560 14,640 5,718 51,531 25,627
Average cost of a guest night, euros 38 44 31 28 30 32

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