Estonian accommodation establishments serviced over 227,000 tourists in October, up by 44% YoY, data from Statistics Estonia showed.
Statistics Estonia analyst Helga Laurmaa said foreign tourists found their way to Estonia once again in October.
“Compared to October 2020, there were three times more foreign tourists, although their number was still almost two times smaller than in October 2019 before the crisis. The number of domestic tourists increased by 4% YoY and by 25% compared to October 2019,” Laurmaa said.
Accommodation establishments serviced nearly 145,000 domestic tourists who spent a total of 241,000 nights. For 67% of domestic tourists, the purpose of their trip was holiday, and 22% were on business trips. The biggest share of domestic tourists (30%) was accommodated in Harju County, 17% in Parnu County, 11% in Tartu County and 11% in Ida-Viru County.
There were nearly 83,000 accommodated foreign tourists and they spent a total of almost 180,000 nights in Estonia. Compared to October 2020, there was an increase in the number of tourists from European countries as well as from countries farther away. There were 31,000 tourists from Finland, 10,000 tourists from Latvia, 5,000 tourists from Germany and nearly 4,000 tourists from Russia.
Still, the number of foreign tourists was much lower than in October 2019 before the crisis. 76% of the foreign tourists were accommodated in Harju County, followed by Parnu (9%) and Tartu (7%) counties.
In October, there were 956 accommodation establishments open for tourists in Estonia, down by 19 establishments. There were 21,000 rooms and 48,000 bed places available for guests. The room occupancy rate was 39%.
The average cost of a guest night was EUR 36 per person, up by EUR 4 YoY, but EUR 3 cheaper than in October 2019. The average cost of an overnight stay per person was EUR 43 in Tartu County, EUR 37 in Harju County and EUR 31 in Parnu County. (ERR/Business World Magazine)