Accommodation establishments did well in October

news release no 153

According to Statistics Estonia, in October, 289,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments, which is 5% more than in October 2018. The number of nights spent by tourists increased by 7%.

Accommodation establishments did well in October

As opposed to a few prior years, in October, the number of foreign tourists increased year on year. They numbered 173,000 (an increase of 6%) and accounted for 60% of the tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments. There was an increase in the number of tourists from Russia and Finland as well as from Germany, Lithuania and Sweden.

Foreign tourists spent 346,000 nights in accommodation establishments. Two thirds came to Estonia for a holiday, 27% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. The majority of foreign tourists (75%) stayed in accommodation establishments of Harju county, 8% in Pärnu county, 6% in Tartu county and 5% in Ida-Viru county.

In October, 116,000 Estonian residents stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 5,000 more than in the same month of the previous year. Domestic tourists spent 199,000 nights in accommodation establishments, which is an increase of 4% year on year. 60% of domestic tourists were on holiday and 27% on a business trip. 28% of domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 14% in Pärnu county, 15% in Tartu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In October, 1,032 accommodation establishments had 21,000 rooms and 49,000 bed places available for tourists. 47% of the rooms and 36% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 38 euros, which is as much as in October 2018. In Harju county, the average cost of a guest night was 43 euros, in Tartu county 39 euros, in Pärnu county 31 euros and in Ida-Viru county 32 euros.

Accommodation by region, October 2019
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,032 227 55 106 326 318
Rooms 21,032 9,304 1,278 1,429 4,861 4,160
Bed places 48,631 20,383 2,952 3,970 11,281 10,045
Room occupancy rate, % 47 58 53 27 41 34
Bed place occupancy rate, % 36 47 44 19 31 25
Tourists accommodated 288,742 161,616 21,171 12,634 47,941 45,380
Nights spent 545,030 295,803 39,807 23,808 108,137 77,475
residents of Estonia 198,889 53,546 22,899 17,170 52,495 52,779
foreign visitors 346,141 242,257 16,908 6,638 55,642 24,696
Average cost of a guest night, euros 38 43 32 31 30 34

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

More detailed data have been published in the Statistical Database.