According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2017 the number of both domestic and foreign tourists to Estonia amounted to 192,000, 8 percent more than in January the previous year.
Compared to January 2016, the number of foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments in Estonia increased by 8 percent. Foreign tourists accounted for 55 percent of the total. In January 2017, a total of 106,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, 62 percent of which came from European Union countries.
Of all the foreign tourists acommodated, 35 percent were from Finland, 29 percent from Russia, and 8 percent from Latvia. Compared to January 2016, the number of tourists arriving from Russia and Latvia increased by 15 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
There was an increase in the number of tourists arriving from Sweden, Norway, and the United Kingdom as well.
In terms of the purpose of travel, 70 percent of foreign visitors came to Estonia on holiday, and 23 percent were here on business. Foreign tourists mainly stayed in Tallinn (75 percent), Pärnu (7 percent), Tartu (5 percent) and Ida-Viru County (5 percent).
Domestic tourists in January amounted to 86,000, which is 6,000 more than in January the previous year. Of those, 62 percent were on a holiday trip, and 25 percent travelled on business. 29 percent stayed in Harju County, 17 percent in Pärnu County, 14 percent in Tartu County, and 8 percent in Ida-Viru County.
954 accommodation establishments offered services to tourists. 19,000 rooms and 43,000 beds were available. 34 percent of the rooms and 27 percent of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was €36, which is one euro more than in the same month of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was €42 in Harju County, €32 in Tartu County, €27 in Pärnu County, and €30 in Ida-Viru County.
Editor: Dario Cavegn
Source: Statistics Estonia