In April, the number of accommodated tourists dropped by 95%

news release no 70

According to Statistics Estonia, 13,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in April. Their total number of nights spent was 43,000. The number of tourists decreased by 95% year on year.

According to Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, there were few tourists in accommodation establishments due to the emergency situation, and the prices dropped. “People were recommended to stay at home also in April and the borders were closed – this was reflected in accommodation statistics,” explained Laurmaa.

In total, 1,300 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, i.e. 1% of the total number of foreign tourists in April 2019. Of the tourists, 176 were from Latvia, 169 from Russia, 147 from Ukraine and 64 from Finland.

Half of the foreign tourists were in Estonia on business, some came for holiday and a tenth had some other reason for visiting. Foreign tourists spent in Estonia 9,000 nights, which is 97% less than in April 2019. The majority of them preferred the accommodation establishments of Harju county, followed by Tartu, Ida-Viru and Pärnu counties.

Accommodation establishments served 12,000 domestic tourists, whose nights spent totalled 34,000. The number of domestic tourists decreased by 89% and their nights spent by 81% compared to April 2019. Nearly half of the domestic tourists were on holiday and 44% on a business trip. A third of domestic tourists preferred the accommodation establishments of Harju county, followed by Tartu and Pärnu counties.

In April, 835 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. The average cost of a guest night was 19 euros. Compared to April 2019, the price dropped significantly. In Tartu county, the average cost of a guest night was 28 euros, in Harju county 20 euros, in Ida-Viru county 17 euros and in Pärnu county 16 euros.

Statistics Estonia collects and analyses accommodation data for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications with the aim to determine the economic situation in Estonia.

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.