In January, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 27

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2019, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments numbered 208,000, which is 1% more than in January 2018. Compared to January 2018, the number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.

In January 2019, 114,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 4% fewer than in January 2018. Of tourists 68%, or 77,000, arrived from Finland and Russia. Compared to the previous year, the number of tourists from these countries has decreased by 19% and 4%, respectively. 8% more tourists from Latvia stayed in accommodation establishments. More tourists came also from other European countries – Sweden, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. The number of tourists from Asian countries remained at the level of previous year. 72% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in accommodation establishments in Tallinn. 7% of the foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Pärnu city and 6% in both Tartu city and Ida-Viru county. 64% of foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 28% on a business trip.

In January, 95,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 9% more than in January 2018. 59% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 25% on a business trip. 31% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju county, 15% in Tartu county, 14% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In January, 999 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 47,000 bed places were available. 36% of the rooms and 27% of the bed places were occupied. In January 2019, the average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, i.e. as expensive as in January 2018. The average cost of a guest night was 42 euros in Harju county, 37 euros in Tartu county, 33 euros in Ida-Viru county and 27 euros in Pärnu county.

Accommodation by region, January 2019
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 999 214 57 108 303 317
Rooms 20,355 9,014 1,222 1,501 4,477 4,141
Bed places 46,569 19,694 2,649 3,787 10,284 10,155
Room occupancy rate, % 36 46 46 18 27 29
Bed place occupancy rate, % 27 35 40 14 20 21
Tourists accommodated 208,405 113,184 17,476 9,443 30,878 37,424
Nights spent 394,683 214,635 32,996 16,415 64,578 66,059
residents of Estonia 155,230 45,509 17,140 12,416 36,371 43,794
foreign visitors 239,453 169,126 15,856 3,999 28,207 22,265
Average cost of a guest night, euros 37 42 33 31 27 32

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 February 2019. 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.