According to information released by Statistics Estonia on Friday, 13,000 tourists stayed a total of 43,000 nights at Estonian accommodation establishments in April, indicating a 95 percent decrease on year in the number of accommodated tourists.
Helga Laurmaa, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, noted that there were few tourists at accommodation establishments due to the emergency situation, and prices dropped.
"People were recommended to stay at home in April as well, and the borders were closed," Laurmaa said. "This was reflected in accommodation statistics."
In all, 1,300 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in April, 1 percent of the total number of foreign tourists in April 2019. Of these, 176 were from Latvia, 169 from Russia, 147 from Ukraine and 64 from Finland.
Half of these foreign tourists were in Estonia on business, some came to vacation and one tenth had some other reason for visiting.
Foreign tourists spent 9,000 nights in Estonia in April, down 97 percent on year. The majority preferred the accommodation establishments of Harju County, followed by Tartu, Ida-Viru and Pärnu Counties.
A total of 12,000 domestic tourists spent 34,000 nights at accommodation establishments in April, marking decreases of 89 percent and 81 percent on year, respectively. Nearly half of domestic tourists were on vacation, while 44 percent were traveling for business. One third of domestic tourists preferred the accommodation establishments of harju County, followed by Tartu and Pärnu Counties.
This April, 835 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. The average cost of a guest night was €19, indicating a significant drop in price on year. The cost of a guest night averaged €28 in Tartu County, €20 in Harju County, €17 in Ida-Viru County and €16 in Pärnu County.
Editor: Aili Vahtla