Peak season brings 6% more tourists to Estonia ({{commentsTotal}})

The peak season in July brought the Estonian hospitality industry 488,000 overnight stays, which is 29,000 or 6% more than in July last year. The number of domestic tourists increased as well, Statistics Estonia reported.

Foreign tourists made up about two thirds of the total number. 315,000 tourists from abroad stayed in Estonian hotels and guesthouses in July, 51% of which Finns, 8% Germans, 6% Russians, and 5% Latvians.

Of foreign visitors, 83% came to Estonia for leisure, and 12% on business. Of all the nights spent in Estonia by visitors, 63% were registered in Tallinn, followed by Pärnu with 12%, Tartu with 5%, and Saaremaa County with 5%.

Hotels and guesthouses registered overnight stays of more than 172,000 domestic tourists as well, which is 6% more than in the same period last year. 72% of them were travelling for leisure, 15% for work.

The distribution of domestic tourists across counties saw 18% of them stay in Harju County, 15% in Pärnu, 10% in Ida-Viru County, and 9% in Saaremaa County.

A total of 1,334 companies offered 23,000 rooms with a total of 56,000 beds, which is an increase of 1,800 beds compared to last year. Of available rooms, 60% were occupied, of available beds, 54%.

On average an overnight stay cost €34, with €40 in Harju County, €39 in Pärnu County, €31 in Saaremaa County, and €30 in Tartu County.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn



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