In February, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 40

According to Statistics Estonia, in February 2019, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments numbered 219,000, which is 4% more than in February 2018. The number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.

Compared to February 2018, the number of foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments decreased by 4%. Foreign tourists accounted for 51% of the total number of tourists. In February 2019, in total 111,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. 46% of the accommodated foreign tourists came from Finland, 12% from Russia and 10% from Latvia. Compared to the same period of the previous year, more tourists arrived from Latvia, the number of tourists arriving from Finland remained at the same level and the number of tourists from Russia decreased by one fifth. More tourists arrived also from Germany and the United Kingdom. Of the accommodated foreign tourists, 62% came to Estonia for holidays, 31% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. About three quarters of foreign tourists preferred the accommodation establishments of Tallinn.

In February, 108,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 15% more compared to February 2018. 63% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip. 27% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju county, 16% and 14% respectively in Pärnu and Tartu counties, 11% in Ida-Viru county and 7% in Valga county.

In Estonia, 953 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 bed places were available. 38% of the rooms and 30% of the bed places were occupied. In February 2019, the average cost of a guest night was 36 euros, i.e. as expensive as in February 2018. The average cost of a guest night was 41 euros in Harju county, 37 euros in Tartu county, 33 euros in Ida-Viru county and 28 euros in Pärnu and Valga counties.

Accommodation by region, February 2019
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 953 211 57 101 290 294
Rooms 19,773 8,812 1,216 1,445 4,351 3,949
Bed places 45,411 19,149 2,676 3,657 10,414 9,515
Room occupancy rate, % 38 45 46 20 32 33
Bed place occupancy rate, % 30 36 40 17 24 25
Tourists accommodated 218,936 114,581 17,825 10,510 36,043 39,977
Nights spent 379,649 195,561 30,162 17,162 71,018 65,746
residents of Estonia 171,453 45,079 19,229 14,766 45,275 47,104
foreign visitors 208,196 150,482 10,933 2,396 25,743 18,642
Average cost of a guest night, euros 36 41 33 30 28 32

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 March 2019. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 20 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
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel. +372 625 9261

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.