Hotel visits dropped by 95 pct

According to Statistics Estonia, 13,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in April. Their total number of nights spent was 43,000. The number of tourists decreased by 95% year on year.

According to Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, there were few tourists in accommodation establishments due to the emergency situation, and the prices dropped. “People were recommended to stay at home also in April and the borders were closed – this was reflected in accommodation statistics,” explained Laurmaa.

In total, 1,300 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, i.e. 1% of the total number of foreign tourists in April 2019. Of the tourists, 176 were from Latvia, 169 from Russia, 147 from Ukraine and 64 from Finland.

Half of the foreign tourists were in Estonia on business, some came for holiday and a tenth had some other reason for visiting. Foreign tourists spent in Estonia 9,000 nights, which is 97% less than in April 2019. The majority of them preferred the accommodation establishments of Harju county, followed by Tartu, Ida-Viru and Pärnu counties.

Accommodation establishments served 12,000 domestic tourists, whose nights spent totalled 34,000. The number of domestic tourists decreased by 89% and their nights spent by 81% compared to April 2019. Nearly half of the domestic tourists were on holiday and 44% on a business trip. A third of domestic tourists preferred the accommodation establishments of Harju county, followed by Tartu and Pärnu counties.

In April, 835 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. The average cost of a guest night was 19 euros. Compared to April 2019, the price dropped significantly. In Tartu county, the average cost of a guest night was 28 euros, in Harju county 20 euros, in Ida-Viru county 17 euros and in Pärnu county 16 euros.

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More hotel guests than last year in February

According to Statistics Estonia, 232,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in February. Their total number of nights spent was 415,000. 52% of the tourists were foreign tourists and 48% were domestic tourists.

In total, 121,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Compared to February 2019, the number of foreign tourists increased by 9%. The largest share of foreign tourists (46%) came from Finland, 13% came from Russia and 10% from Latvia. Year-on-year, the number of tourists from Russia grew by a fifth. The number of tourists from Finland and Latvia increased, respectively, by 7% and 4%.

Most foreign tourists came to Estonia for a holiday, some came on business and the rest had some other reason for visiting. Foreign tourists spent 234,000 nights in Estonia, which is 13% more than in February 2019. The majority of foreign tourists preferred the accommodation establishments of Harju county, followed by Pärnu and Tartu counties.

In February, 112,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments and their nights spent totalled 180,000. The number of domestic tourists increased by 3% and their nights spent by 5% compared to February 2019. Most domestic tourists were on holiday and a quarter were on a business trip. They mainly stayed in Harju county, followed by Tartu, Pärnu and Ida-Viru counties.

In February, 915 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. The average cost of a guest night was 34 euros. In Tartu county, the average cost of a guest night was 39 euros, in Harju county 36 euros, in Ida-Viru county 33 euros and in Pärnu county 29 euros.

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Passenger and goods transport through ports increased last year

According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, compared to 2018, the number of passengers on main national ship lines increased by 4% and in international traffic by 0.3%. The freight volume of ports in tonnes increased by around 5%.

In international sea traffic, 10.7 million passengers used the services of Estonian ports. The number of passengers travelling between Estonia and Finland increased slightly, reaching 9 million. Between Estonia and Sweden, 1.1 million passengers were transported, i.e. 10% less compared to 2018. On international routes, over 2.1 million vehicles were served by ports; 71% were passenger cars and 26% were trucks and trailers. During the cruise season, 676,400 cruise passengers arrived in Estonia, i.e. 4% more than the year before.

On main national ship lines, around 2.6 million passengers were transported, i.e. 104,500 passengers more than in 2018. There were 16,700 trips made and 1.1 million vehicles served, i.e. over 50,900 more vehicles than in 2018. Of the served vehicles, 71% were passenger cars and almost a fourth were trucks and trailers.

Estonian ports handled 37.6 million tonnes of cargo, which is 1.8 million tonnes more than the year before. 25.3 million tonnes of goods were loaded and 12.3 million tonnes unloaded. The volume of transit goods in Estonian ports was 20.2 million tonnes, i.e. 6% more compared to the previous year. 14.6 million tonnes of transit cargo was loaded and 5.6 million tonnes unloaded. 10.7 million tonnes of goods were exported through ports and 6.6 million tonnes of goods were imported.

Sea container transportation through ports was similar to the previous year, amounting to 242,060 TEUs in 2019. The number of containers shipped out of Estonian ports was over 120,855 TEUs, and the number received was 121,205 TEUs.

According to the Estonian Maritime Information System, 11,434 ships arrived from foreign ports. The majority were general cargo non-specialised ships (including ro-ro passenger ships), totalling 9,297. Also, 991 liquid bulk carriers, 263 container ships, 175 dry bulk carriers, 116 specialised carriers and 334 cruise ships arrived in Estonian ports.

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2.3 million foreign tourists stayed in hotels last year

According to Statistics Estonia, 3.8 million tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in 2019. The total number of nights spent was 7 million. 59% were foreign tourists and 41% were domestic tourists.

Last year, 2.3 million foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. More than half of them came from neighbouring countries Finland (36%), Russia (12%) and Latvia (8%). The majority of foreign tourists came to Estonia on holiday (71%), almost a quarter came on business (23%) and the rest had some other reason for visiting. Foreign tourists spent 4.4 million nights in Estonia. 70% stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 10% in Pärnu county and 7% in Tartu county. Compared to 2018, both the number of foreign tourists as well as their nights spent increased by 5%.

The number of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments amounted to 1.5 million, which is 6% more than in 2018. Their nights spent totalled 2.6 million, which is also a 6% increase. 65% of domestic tourists were on holiday and 22% on a business trip. They mainly stayed in Harju county (25%), Pärnu county (15%), Tartu county (13%) and Ida‑Viru county (11%).

In December 2019, there were 280,000 visitors (159,000 foreign and 121,000 domestic tourists) in accommodation establishments, where they spent 193,000 and 312,000 nights, respectively. Compared to December 2018, more tourists came from Latvia (7%) and Russia (9%), while the number of tourists from Finland decreased by 4%.

In December, 998 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. 42% of the rooms and 35% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night at an accommodation establishment was 38 euros, which is two euros less than in December 2018.

Statistical Classification of Regional Units of Estonia (EPS) based on the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS). NUTS 3 level regions in Estonia are as follows: Northern Estonia: Harju county; Western Estonia: Hiiu, Lääne, Pärnu and Saare counties; Central Estonia: Järva, Lääne-Viru and Rapla counties; Northeastern Estonia: Ida-Viru county; Southern Estonia: Jõgeva, Põlva, Tartu, Valga, Viljandi and Võru counties.

Source: Statistics Estonia

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37 pct of tourists came from Finland, 15 pct from Russia

According to Statistics Estonia, 262,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in November 2019. The total number of nights spent was 479,000. 56% of the tourists were foreign tourists and 44% were domestic tourists.

In November, a total of 146,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Compared to 2018, the number of foreign tourists increased by 13%. 37% of them came from Finland, 15% from Russia, 11% from Latvia and 5% from Asian countries. 65% of foreign tourists came to Estonia for a holiday, 28% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. Foreign tourists spent in Estonia 289,000 nights, which is 12% more than in 2018. 76% of foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 8% in Pärnu county and 6% in Tartu county.

The number of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments amounted to 116,000, which is 10% more than in November 2018. Domestic tourists spent 190,000 nights in accommodation establishments – an increase of 11% compared to November 2018. 61% of domestic tourists were on holiday and 26% on a business trip. 29% of domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in both Pärnu and Tartu counties and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In November, 1,001 accommodation establishments were available for tourists. 45% of the rooms and one third of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night at an accommodation establishment was 39 euros, i.e. two euros more than in November 2018. In Harju county, the average cost of a guest night was 46 euros, in Tartu county 38 euros, in Pärnu county 30 euros and in Ida-Viru county 32 euros.

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Half a million hotel stays in August

According to Statistics Estonia, in August, 9% more tourists stayed in accommodation establishments than in August 2018. The number of nights spent by tourists increased by 7%. 286,000 of the visitors of accommodation establishments were foreign tourists and 202,000 were domestic tourists.

In August, foreign tourists who used services of accommodation establishments spent 541,000 nights in Estonia. 29% of the accommodated foreign tourists came from Finland, 11% from Germany, 9% from Russia and 8% from Latvia. The number of tourists from Finland, which had decreased in previous months, increased for the second consecutive month (4%). The tourists came mostly from European countries, as well as from the USA and Asia. Of the accommodated foreign tourists, 78% came to Estonia for a holiday, 17% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. 65% of foreign tourists preferred an accommodation in Harju county, 11% stayed in accommodation establishments in Pärnu county and 8% in Tartu county.

The number of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments increased 9% compared to August 2018. They spent a total of 345,000 nights in accommodation establishments, which is a 7% increase compared to the previous year. Most the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip (69%) and some were on a business trip (17%). About a fifth of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county and 9% in Tartu county.

In August, 1,394 accommodation establishments served tourists, offering 24,000 rooms and 58,000 bed places. 59% of the rooms and 49% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 39 euros, i.e one euro less than in August last year. The average cost of a guest night in Harju county was 48 euros, in Pärnu county and Tartu counties 37 euros and in Ida-Viru county 32 euros.

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One third of foreign tourists came from Finland

According to Statistics Estonia, in May 2019, a total of 322,000 tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 6% more than in May 2018. There were more domestic and foreign tourists.

In May, a total of 211,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, and spent there a total of 406,000 nights. The number of foreign tourists and the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 5% compared to the previous year.

One third of foreign tourists came from Finland, 12% from Russia and 8% from Latvia. Compared to May of the previous year, the number of tourists from Russia, Latvia, Germany and Sweden increased respectively by 41%, 29%, 6% and 4%. There were 16% more Asian tourists in accommodation establishments. The number of Finnish tourists continues to decline. The number of Finnish tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments was 15% or 12,500 smaller than in May of the previous year.

Of the accommodated foreign tourists, 70% came to Estonia for holiday, 24% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting. Two thirds of foreign tourists were accommodated in Tallinn.

In May, 111,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 9% more than in May 2018. In May, domestic tourists spent a total of 182,000 nights in accommodation establishments, i.e. the number of overnight stays by domestic tourists increased by 7% compared to May 2018. 61% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 26% on a business trip. 28% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 14% and 13% respectively in Pärnu and Tartu counties, and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

1,155 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists across Estonia. 22,000 rooms and 51,000 bed places were available. 50% of the rooms and 37% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 43 euros, i.e. two euros more than in May 2018. The average cost of a guest night in Harju county was 52 euros, in Tartu county 38 euros, in Pärnu county 32 euros and in Ida-Viru county 31 euros.

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The number of Finns staying at the hotels decreased by 9 pct

According to Statistics Estonia, 3.6 million domestic and foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia in 2018, i.e. 1% more than in 2017. The number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.

Last year, 1.45 million domestic tourists and 2.14 million foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. There were 4% more domestic tourists and 1% less foreign tourists staying in accommodation establishments than in 2017. The number of Finnish tourists, who accounted for 39% of the total number of foreign tourists in accommodation establishments, decreased by 9% compared to 2017. The number of tourists from several European Union countries increased, and there were also more tourists from Russia and Asian countries. 70% of the foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments were on holiday, 23% on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. 64% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip.

In December 2018, 152,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 3% fewer than in December 2017. Compared to December 2017, the number of tourists arriving from Finland and Russia decreased by 11% and 6%, respectively. 11% more tourists came from Latvia, and there were also more tourists from several other European countries – Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany. 77% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in accommodation establishments in Tallinn. 7% of the foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Pärnu city and 5% in Tartu city. 67% of foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 26% on a business trip.

In December, 121,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 7% more than in December 2017. 64% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip. 30% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju county, 15% in both Pärnu and Tartu counties.

950 accommodation establishments offered their services in December. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 bed places were available for tourists, and 43% of the rooms and 35% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros, i.e. three euros more than in December 2017.

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36 pct of the hotel rooms sold out in January

According to Statistics Estonia, in January 2019, domestic and foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments numbered 208,000, which is 1% more than in January 2018. Compared to January 2018, the number of domestic tourists increased and the number of foreign tourists decreased.

In January 2019, 114,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 4% fewer than in January 2018. Of tourists 68%, or 77,000, arrived from Finland and Russia. Compared to the previous year, the number of tourists from these countries has decreased by 19% and 4%, respectively. 8% more tourists from Latvia stayed in accommodation establishments. More tourists came also from other European countries – Sweden, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. The number of tourists from Asian countries remained at the level of previous year. 72% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in accommodation establishments in Tallinn. 7% of the foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Pärnu city and 6% in both Tartu city and Ida-Viru county. 64% of foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 28% on a business trip.

In January, 95,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 9% more than in January 2018. 59% of domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 25% on a business trip. 31% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju county, 15% in Tartu county, 14% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In January, 999 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 47,000 bed places were available. 36% of the rooms and 27% of the bed places were occupied. In January 2019, the average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, i.e. as expensive as in January 2018. The average cost of a guest night was 42 euros in Harju county, 37 euros in Tartu county, 33 euros in Ida-Viru county and 27 euros in Pärnu county.

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Cruise tourist spends an average 80 eur in Tallinn

Over 645,000 cruise passengers visited Tallinn in 2018, spending an average €80 per person in the capital, a study carried out by Cruise Baltic suggests. The sum total spent by all cruise tourists combined in Tallinn last year was over €50 million, contributing to the employment of hundreds of people.

Passengers and cruise ship crews combined spent over €430 million in the Baltic Sea region last year. Transit passengers on one-day visits were the ones to generate the most revenue to local businesses and cultural institutions, the Baltic News Service wrote on Friday.

In Tallinn alone, tourism means employment for some 200 tour guides and 400 bus drivers. Cruise passengers also visit local sights, museums and various shows, which in turn employ several hundred more.

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