According to data released by Statistics Estonia on Thursday, a total of 207,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed at Estonian accommodation establishments in February, up 13 percent on year.
Compared to February 2016, the number of foreign tourists who utilized the services of accommodation establishments, accounting for 55 percent of total tourist numbers, increased 18 percent to 113,000.
Of these, 54,000 tourists were from Finland, 17,000 were from Russia and 10,000 from Latvia, indicating that 72 percent of all foreign tourists who used accommodation services in February came from neighboring countries, an increase over 2016 figures. There was also an increase in the number of tourists coming from Lithuania, Germany and Sweden.
68 percent of accommodated foreign tourists came to Estonia on vacation, while 25 were traveling for business; the remaining seven percent cited some other reason for visiting Estonia. Foreign tourists mainly preferred the accommodation establishments of Tallinn (75 percent), Pärnu (7 percent), Tartu (5 percent) and Ida-Viru County (4 percent).
In February of this year, a total of 94,000 domestic tourists utilized accommodation services in Estonia, an increase of 6,000 year over year. Of these, 64 percent were on vacation while 23 percent traveled for business. 28 percent of domestic tourists using accommodation services stayed in the establishments of Harju County, while 18 percent stayed in Pärnu County, 12 percent in Tartu County and 9 percent in Ida-Viru County.
A total of 947 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists in February, offering 19,000 rooms and 43,000 beds with an occupancy rate of 39 percent of rooms and 31 percent of beds, respectively. The average cost of a guest night was €33, an increase of €1 on year, with average costs ranging from €38 in Harju County to just €26 in Pärnu County.
Editor: Aili Vahtla