440,000 tourists stayed in Estonian hotels in July

According to Statistics Estonia, 440,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in July, which is 4% more than in the same month of the previous year. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

In July, 292,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments – this is 3% more than in July of the previous year. Foreign tourists continue to account for two thirds of the total number of tourists. 63% of the foreign tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Finland, Russia and Latvia. The number of tourists from Russia staying in accommodation establishments was 5% smaller than in July of the previous year, while the number of tourists from Latvia and Finland rose by 2% and 1%, respectively. Compared to July 2013, there was an increase in the number of tourists from several European countries – Germany (8% more), Sweden (13% more) and the United Kingdom (13% more). However, the number of accommodated tourists from Lithuania, Spain, Italy and Norway was smaller than in July 2013. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. In July, the number of accommodated tourists from the United States also grew by a fifth. 63% of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were Pärnu, Tartu and Saare county accounting for 14%, 6% and 5% of all accommodated foreign tourists, respectively.

80% of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 14% were on a business trip.

In July, 148,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is over 11,000 domestic tourists more than in July of the previous year. A fifth of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county and 10% in Saare county.

70% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 15% were on a business trip.

In July, 1,304 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds were available for tourists. So many rooms and beds have not been available for tourists in any previous year. In July the room occupancy rate was 58% and the bed occupancy rate was 50%. The room occupancy rate was higher in Tallinn and Pärnu (84% and 81%, respectively). The average cost of a guest night was 34 euros, which is two euros higher than in July 2013. The average cost of a guest night in Tallinn and in Pärnu was higher than the country’s average.

Accommodation by region, July 2014
Accommodation Total Northern
Estonia
North-Eastern
Estonia
Central
Estonia
Western
Estonia
Southern
Estonia
Accommodation establishments 1 304 215 71 126 494 398
Rooms 22 641 8 313 1 608 1 573 6 458 4 689
Beds 55 025 18 943 3 651 4 013 16 059 12 359
Room occupancy rate, % 58 77 46 32 54 40
Bed occupancy rate, % 50 66 44 29 49 35
Tourists accommodated 440 056 217 410 22 238 20 981 113 399 66 028
Nights spent 854 806 388 557 49 274 36 125 245 109 135 741
residents of Estonia 283 906 49 324 27 452 23 830 93 880 89 420
foreign visitors 570 900 339 233 21 822 12 295 151 229 46 321
Average cost of a guest night, euros 34 40 28 25 33 22

Source: Statistics Estonia

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