Less tourists in Estonian hotels in April

According to Statistics Estonia, in April 2018, domestic and foreign tourists staying in accommodation establishments numbered 251,000, which is 3% less than in April 2017. The number of foreign tourists decreased, while the number of domestic tourists stayed at the level of the previous year.

151,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. 4% fewer than in April 2017. In April, 97,000 tourists, or 64% of the foreign tourists arrived from Latvia, Finland and Russia. Compared to April of the previous year, the number of tourists arriving from Latvia and Finland decreased by 2% and 16%, respectively, while the number of tourists from Russia increased by one fifth. The number of Finnish tourists fell for the third month in succession compared to the same month of the previous year. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase: in April, there were 7% more tourists arriving from Asian countries than in the same month a year ago. 71% of the foreign tourists preferred to stay in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. 8% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu city and 7% in Tartu city. 5% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county.

100,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. as much as in April 2017. The number of nights spent by domestic tourists increased by 3%, which means that the duration of stay of domestic tourists in accommodation establishments increased somewhat. 63% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip. 30% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 16% in Tartu county, 14% in Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In April, 956 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 bed places were available for tourists. 44% of the rooms and 35% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 36 euros, i.e. one euro less than in April 2017. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros in Harju county, 39 euros in Tartu county and 30 euros in Pärnu county.

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The number of tourists arriving from Finland was 8 pct lower than a year previously

A little over one million foreign tourists came to Estonia in the first quarter of 2018, which was the same as in the first quarter of 2017. The number of tourists arriving from Finland was 8% lower than a year previously, and accounted for 37% of the total. In contrast the number of visits by residents of other European Union countries was up 6%.

There were some 209,000 visits to Estonia by residents of Russia, accounting for one fifth of the total number of visitors, and that number was unchanged over the year. The number of visitors from Asia continued to rise, and was 10% higher than a year before. Trips from Belarus were down by one third though.

There were 2% more overnight visitors to Estonia in the first quarter than in the same quarter of last year, and the average length of overnight visits was 4.2 days. Same day visits accounted for 44% of visits. Foreign tourists visiting Estonia spent an estimated 220 million euros in the first quarter.

In the same quarter, residents of Estonia made 800,000 visits to foreign countries, a number that has not changed over the year.Trips to countries in the European Union were down by 4%, while those to CIS countries were up 8%, with people from Estonia visiting Belarus one third more than a year earlier. There were notable rises in the numbers of trips to Egypt, India, Greece and France. The numbers of visits to the US, Belgium, Lithuania, Denmark and the Czech Republic were down by a tenth on average.

The number of overnight visits fell by 1% and the average length of the stays was 3.6 days. Same-day trips accounted for 14% of the total, and they increased in number by 2%.

Estonian tourists spent an estimated 200 million euros abroad in the first quarter of 2018.

Eesti Pank collects data on the movement of travellers as it has a noticeable effect on the export and import of travel services in the Estonian balance of payments, which will be published on 7 June.

Source: Bank of Estonia

Author: Tarass Snitsarenko, Eesti Pank Statistics Department

 

The number of tourists increased by 7 pct in 2017

According to Statistics Estonia, 3.5 million domestic and foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia in 2017, i.e. 7% more than in 2016.

In 2017, 1.39 million domestic tourists and 2.15 million foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. There were 9% more domestic tourists and 5% more foreign tourists staying in accommodation establishments than in 2016. Compared to the previous year, tourist numbers from most of the European Union countries increased. There were also more tourists from Russia and Asian countries. The number of Finnish tourists, who accounted for 42% of the total number of foreign tourists in accommodation establishments, decreased by 4% compared to 2016. 72% of the foreign tourists who stayed in accommodation establishments were on holiday, 21% on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. 64% of domestic tourists were on holiday and 23% on a business trip.

In December 2017, 270,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 6% more than in December 2016. 157,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 4% more than in December 2016. 73% of foreign tourists arrived from EU countries, 17% from Russia and 3% from Asian countries. The number of tourists from the European Union countries remained at the level of December last year, 15% more tourists came from Russia and 10% more from Asian countries. 124,000 foreign tourists, i.e. 79% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services, stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. Most (71%) of the foreign tourists were on holiday, 22% on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. 113,000 domestic tourists i.e. 9% more than in December 2016 used the services of accommodation establishments.

In December 2017, 966 accommodation establishments offered their services. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 bed places were available for tourists, 41% of the rooms and 34% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, remaining at the level of December 2016.

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10 pct more tourists in November

According to Statistics Estonia, 236,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia in November 2017, i.e. 10% more than in November 2016.

139,000 foreign tourists and 97,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. There were 7% more foreign tourists and 13% more domestic tourists staying in accommodation establishments than in November 2016. Tourist numbers from most of the European Union countries increased. There were also more tourists from Russia and Asian countries. The number of Finnish tourists, who accounted for 42% of the total number of foreign tourists in accommodation establishments, decreased by 7% compared to November 2016.

104,000 foreign tourists, i.e. 75% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services, stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were Pärnu and Tartu cities, where respectively 7% and 6% of the accommodated foreign tourists stayed. 5% of the foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county. 61% of foreign tourists were on a holiday, 30% on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia.

41% of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 60% of them were on a holiday trip and 28% on a business trip. 28% of the accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju county, 15% in both Tartu county and Pärnu county and 11% in Ida-Viru county.

In November 2017, 968 accommodation establishments offered their services. 20,000 rooms and 46,000 bed places were available for tourists. 42% of the rooms and 31% of the bed places were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros, which is two euros more than in November 2016. The average cost of a guest night was 46 euros in Harju county, 36 euros in Tartu county, 31 euros in Ida-Viru county and 26 euros in Pärnu county.

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Spending by inbound visitors up by 20 mEUR in Q2

There were close to 1.8 m visitors from abroad, an increase of 7% when compared with Q2 of 2016.  While the number of visitors from Finland remained stable, accounting for one-third of the total, the trips made by residents of other EU Member States increased by one-tenth.

Residents of Russia made 210 000 visits to Estonia, representing a 3% rise over the past year. The number of tourists from the US increased by a quarter and there were more visitors from Spain (a 40% rise), Latvia (15%) and the UK (27%). Trips from Poland and Belarus have, by contrast, fallen.

The number of visitors staying overnight was up 5%, compared with Q2 of 2016. The average length of stay was the same as a year earlier at 4 days. Same-day visitors accounted for around a half (49%) of the total inbound visitors and their number increased by 9% compared to a year ago.

Visitors from abroad spent an estimated total of 415,000,000 euros, which was 20,000,000 euros more than a year ago.

In the second quarter of 2017, residents of Estonia made around 1,000,000 visits to foreign countries, which was 13% more than a year earlier1.80% of the visits were made to other EU Member States. There was a notable increase in the number of visits to Belgium and Greece. The number of trips to CIS countries increased by one-fifth: there were 75% more visits to Ukraine compared to a year ago. As usual, Finland was the top destination, with 170,000 visits, which, however, represented a 8% decline from a year ago. Trips to Norway also fell by 11%.

Outbound overnight visits increased by 13%, while their average length remained at 3.5 days. Same-day visits accounted for 14% of the total, showing a 9% increase.

Visitors from Estonia spent an estimated total of 300,000,000 euros, which was 20,000,000 euros more than in Q2 of 2016.


The number of trips abroad and the number of visits abroad are not the same, as one trip abroad may include visits to several countries.

The movement of travellers has a noticeable effect on the exports and imports of travel services in the Estonian balance of payments. The balance of payments statistics for the second quarter of 2017 will be published on September 7.

Source: Bank of Estonia

Domestic tourists were a third of customers at hotels in May

According to Statistics Estonia, 297,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in May 2017, which is 6% more than in May 2016.

197,000 foreign tourists and 100,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments; their numbers increased 3% and 13%, respectively, compared to May of the previous year. 59% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services came from the neighbouring countries – 84,000 tourists came from Finland, 20,000 from Russia and 13,000 from Latvia. Compared to May 2016, the number of tourists from neighbouring countries increased 3%. The number of Finnish tourists in accommodation establishments fell 4% but the number of Russian and Latvian tourists increased 23% and 36%, respectively, compared to the same month of the previous year. Compared to May 2016, there was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from Lithuania, the United Kingdom and the United States, while fewer tourists arrived from Sweden, Germany and Norway. 136,000 foreign tourists, or 69% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The second most popular destination was Pärnu city, accounting for 9% of all accommodated foreign tourists, followed by Tartu city, which accounted for 7% of the accommodated foreign tourists. Ida-Viru county and Saare county both accounted for 3% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services. 71% of the foreign tourists were on a holiday and 22% on a business trip.

One-third of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 59% of them were on a holiday and 30% on a business trip. 29% of the domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 12% in Pärnu county, 14% in Tartu county and 9% in Ida-Viru county.

In May, 1,130 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 21,000 rooms and 49,000 beds were available for tourists. Compared to May of the previous year, there were 22 additional accommodation establishments with more than 1,000 rooms and 3,000 beds. 46% of the rooms and 36% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 40 euros, i.e. two euros more than in the same month of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was 49 euros in Harju county, 33 euros in Tartu county, 32 euros in Pärnu county and 30 euros in Ida-Viru county.

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14 pct more hotel visitors than in April 2016

According to Statistics Estonia, 257,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments in April 2017, which was 14% more than in April 2016.

157,000 foreign tourists and 100,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments; their numbers increased 12% and 16%, respectively, compared to April of the previous year. 67% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services came from the neighbouring countries – 77,000 tourists came from Finland, 16,000 from Russia and 13,000 from Latvia. Compared to April 2016, the number of tourists from neighbouring countries increased 12%. There was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from several European countries – from Sweden, Germany and Lithuania. 15% more tourists arrived from Asian countries. 44,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments located outside of Tallinn, including nearly a third of them in Pärnu and a quarter in Tartu. 4% of the foreign tourists who used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Ida-Viru county and 2% in those of Saare county.

39% of the customers of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists. 62% of them were on a holiday and 26% on a business trip. 30% of the domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county and 16% in Tartu county. In most counties, the number of domestic tourists staying in accommodation establishments increased compared to April 2016.

In April, 972 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 45,000 beds were available for tourists. 45% of the rooms and 35% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 37 euros, i.e. three euros more than in the same month of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was 43 euros in Harju county, 35 euros in Tartu county and 30 euros in Pärnu county.

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