In May, the number of tourists in accommodation establishments increased

news release no 84

According to Statistics Estonia, in May 2019, a total of 322,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 6% more than in May 2018. There were more domestic and foreign tourists.

In May, a total of 211,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, and spent there a total of 406,000 nights. The number of foreign tourists and the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 5% compared to the previous year.

One third of foreign tourists came from Finland, 12% from Russia and 8% from Latvia. Compared to May of the previous year, the number of tourists from Russia, Latvia, Germany and Sweden increased respectively by 41%, 29%, 6% and 4%. There were 16% more Asian tourists in accommodation establishments. The number of Finnish tourists continues to decline. The number of Finnish tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments was 15% or 12,500 smaller than in May of the previous year.

Of the accommodated foreign tourists, 70% came to Estonia for holiday, 24% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. Two thirds of foreign tourists were accommodated in Tallinn.

In May, 111,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 9% more than in May 2018. In May, domestic tourists spent a total of 182,000 nights in accommodation establishments, i.e. the number of overnight stays by domestic tourists increased by 7% compared to May 2018. 61% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 26% on a business trip. 28% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 14% and 13% respectively in Pärnu and Tartu counties, and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

1,155 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists across Estonia. 22,000 rooms and 51,000 bed places were available. 50% of the rooms and 37% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 43 euros, i.e. two euros more than in May 2018. The average cost of a guest night in Harju county was 52 euros, in Tartu county 38 euros, in Pärnu county 32 euros and in Ida-Viru county 31 euros.

Accommodation by region, May 2019
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,155 234 60 118 389 354
Rooms 21,732 9,094 1,334 1,576 5,344 4,384
Bed places 50,839 19,963 2,943 4,032 12,849 11,052
Room occupancy rate, % 50 67 49 22 40 37
Bed place occupancy rate, % 37 52 41 18 29 26
Tourists accommodated 322,059 177,008 22,013 13,312 57,523 52,203
Nights spent 587,683 321,497 37,428 22,998 117,185 88,575
residents of Estonia 181,785 52,429 18,267 15,743 46,249 49,097
foreign visitors 405,898 269,068 19,161 7,255 70,936 39,478
Average cost of a guest night, euros 43 52 31 27 31 33

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

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.