Number of overnight tourists up by 11 pct in May

The number of overnight tourists at Estonian accommodation establishments was 213 000 in May 2010, 11% more than in the same period last year. In May 152 000 foreign and 62 000 domestic tourists stayed overnight at accommodation establishments, with the number increasing by respectively 13 and 7 percent, Statistics Estonia said.
Of the overnight foreign tourists, 70% came to Estonia on holiday, 20% on business, and the rest had some other reasons to visit Estonia. Nearly 5 000 overnight foreign tourists said that the aim of their stay was to take part in a conference, training course or congress.
The most popular destination for foreign tourists was Tallinn, and the number of overnight tourists from Finland, Russia, Germany and Latvia increased in the hotels of the city, while the number of tourists from Sweden and Norway declined. Most of the conference tourists (72%) also remained in Tallinn.
Contrary to the two previous years, the number of domestic tourists also increased this May. Nearly 4 000 Estonian residents more than last year used the services of accommodation establishments.
The average price of an overnight stay was 28 euros, 10% lower than in May 2009. In Tallinn the cost of an overnight stay was 32 euros, 15% down from last year.

Source: Estonian Review