Tourism declined by a third in July compared to 2019 ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Business class room at Tallink City Hotel. Photo is illustrative.
Business class room at Tallink City Hotel. Photo is illustrative. Source: AS Tallink Grupp

In July, 346,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments, data from Statistics Estonia shows. Compared to July 2019, the number of tourists dropped by a third, but the number was higher than in the last few months.

Helga Laurmaa, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, said July is the high point of the tourist season in Estonia.

"Compared to last year, domestic tourism recovered faster and even grew. 210,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, and their nights spent totaled 393,000. Compared to July 2019, the number of domestic tourists increased by 8 percent and their nights spent by 7 percent," Laurmaa explained.

Of the domestic tourists, 77 percent were on holiday and 11 percent were on a business trip. The largest share, 17 percent of domestic tourists stayed in Pärnu county, 13 percent stayed in Harju county, 12 percent in Ida-Viru county, 11 percent in Tartu county and 10 percent in Saare county.

Foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments numbered 136,000, which is 58 percent less than in July 2019. The largest number, 81,000, came from Finland, 19,000 tourists came from Latvia and 10,000 from Lithuania. 

While the number of Finnish tourists decreased by 41 percent year on year and the number of Latvian tourists by 5 percent, there were 7 percent more tourists from Lithuania.

Of foreign tourists, 83 percent came to Estonia for holiday, 13 percent came on business and the rest had some other reason for visiting.

Foreign tourists spent 259,000 nights in Estonia, which is 59 percent less than in July 2019. Of foreign tourists, 58 percent stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 18 percent in Pärnu county, 9 percent in Tartu county and 6 percent in Saare county.

In July, 1,238 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. The average cost of a guest night was €32. Compared to July 2019, the cost was €8 euros lower. In Pärnu county, the average cost of a guest night was €40, in Tartu county €34, in Harju county €33, in Ida-Viru county €32 and in Saare county €31.

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