The number of tourists in accommodation establishments continues to grow

news release no 6

According to Statistics Estonia, 262,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in November 2019. The total number of nights spent was 479,000. 56% of the tourists were foreign tourists and 44% were domestic tourists.

The number of tourists in accommodation establishments continues to grow

In November, a total of 146,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Compared to 2018, the number of foreign tourists increased by 13%. 37% of them came from Finland, 15% from Russia, 11% from Latvia and 5% from Asian countries. 65% of foreign tourists came to Estonia for a holiday, 28% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. Foreign tourists spent in Estonia 289,000 nights, which is 12% more than in 2018. 76% of foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 8% in Pärnu county and 6% in Tartu county.

The number of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments amounted to 116,000, which is 10% more than in November 2018. Domestic tourists spent 190,000 nights in accommodation establishments – an increase of 11% compared to November 2018. 61% of domestic tourists were on holiday and 26% on a business trip. 29% of domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in both Pärnu and Tartu counties and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In November, 1,001 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. 45% of the rooms and one third of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night at an accommodation establishment was 39 euros, i.e. two euros more than in November 2018. In Harju county, the average cost of a guest night was 46 euros, in Tartu county 38 euros, in Pärnu county 30 euros and in Ida-Viru county 32 euros.

Accommodation by region, November 2019
Accommodation Total Northern Estonia North-Eastern Estonia Central Estonia Western Estonia Southern Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1,001 219 55 110 310 307
Rooms 20,838 9,167 1,262 1,508 4,806 4,095
Bed places 47,641 19,950 2,936 3,821 11,061 9,873
Room occupancy rate, % 45 59 53 22 34 33
Bed place occupancy rate, % 33 44 42 17 27 24
Tourists accommodated 261,857 143,803 21,665 11,228 42,722 42,439
Nights spent 478,596 262,932 37,304 19,438 88,622 70,300
domestic tourists 189,981 52,364 22,062 15,229 50,478 49,848
foreign tourists 288,615 210,568 15,242 4,209 38,144 20,452
Average cost of a guest night, euros 39 46 32 32 28 33

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Accommodation”, the submission deadline of which was 10 December 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:

Kadri Kütt
Media Relations Manager
Marketing and Dissemination Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel +372 625 9181

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database.