According to information released by Statistics Estonia on Friday morning, the number of foreign and domestic tourists to stay at accommodation establishments in Estonia in November 2017 increased ten percent on year to 236,000.
A total of 139,000 foreign and 97,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments last November, up seven and 13 percent, respectively, from the previous year.
Tourist numbers from most EU countries increased, as did those from Russia and Asian countries. The total number of Finnish tourists, however, who accounted for 42 percent of the total number of foreign tourists to stay at accommodation establishments in Estonia in November, decreased by seven percent on year.
104,000 foreign tourists, or 75 percent of the total number of foreign tourists to use accommodation services that month, stayed at the accommodation establishments of the capital city of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were the cities of Pärnu and Tartu, which accounted for respectively seven and six percent of accommodated tourists, while another five percent of foreign tourists stayed at accommodation establishments in Ida-Viru County.
61 percent of foreign tourists were on vacation, another 30 percent traveling for business, and the remainder had some other reason for visiting Estonia.
41 percent of the customers of accommodation establishments in November were domestic tourists, 60 percent of whom were on vacation and 28 percent of whom were traveling for business. 28 percent of accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju County, 15 percent each in Tartu and Pärnu Counties, and another 11 percent in Ida-Viru County.
In November 2017, a total of 968 accommodation establishments offered their services to visitors, offering 46,000 beds in 20,000 rooms overall at an occupancy rate of 31 and 42 percent, respectively. The average cost of a guest night was €38, up €2 on year. The average cost was slightly higher at €46 in Harju County, but lower at €36, €31 and €26 in Tartu, Ida-Viru and Pärnu Counties, respectively.
Editor: Aili Vahtla