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

news release no 132

According to Statistics Estonia, in September, 295,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments, where they spent more than 544,000 nights. 64% of the tourists were foreign tourists and 36% were domestic tourists.

In September, more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments

In September, a total of 190,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, where they spent a total of 368,000 nights. Compared to the previous year, the number of foreign tourists increased by 7% and the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists by 5%. 31% of foreign tourists came from Finland, 9% from both Germany and Russia, and 7% from Latvia. 67% of foreign tourists came to Estonia for a holiday, 26% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. 73% of foreign tourists stayed in Harju county and most of them preferred accommodation establishments in Tallinn. 9% of foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu county and 6% in Tartu county.

The number of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments amounted to 105,000, which is 7% more than in September 2018. Domestic tourists spent 176,000 nights in accommodation establishments – an increase of 6% compared to September of the previous year. 60% of domestic tourists were on holiday and 28% on a business trip. 26% of domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 14% in Tartu county, 13% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In September, 1,177 accommodation establishments had 22,000 rooms and 53,000 bed places available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and 34% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night at an accommodation establishment was 40 euros – as much as in September 2018. In Harju county, the average cost of a guest night was 47 euros, in Tartu county 39 euros, in Pärnu county 32 euros and in Ida-Viru county 31 euros.

Accommodation by region, September 2019
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,177 240 58 123 409 347
Rooms 22,427 9,409 1,377 1,732 5,538 4,371
Bed places 52,844 20,873 3,217 4,551 13,312 10,891
Room occupancy rate, % 46 61 47 22 36 35
Bed place occupancy rate, % 34 48 36 18 27 24
Tourists accommodated 295,464 165,222 20,069 14,274 50,101 45,798
Nights spent 544,075 298,164 35,032 24,698 107,798 78,383
domestic tourists 175,897 43,682 19,894 17,993 45,989 48,339
foreign tourists 368,178 254,482 15,138 6,705 61,809 30,044
Average cost of a guest night, euros 40 47 31 28 30 34

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 October 2019. Statistics Estonia published the monthly summary in 19 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.