Estonia had 6 pct more hotel visitors in August than a year before

According to Statistics Estonia, in August, domestic and foreign tourists having stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments numbered 417,000, which was 6% more than in August 2015.

In August 2016, 24,000 tourists more used the services of accommodation establishments of Estonia than in the same month of the previous year. The number of foreign and domestic tourists increased by 6% and 5%, respectively, compared to August 2015. Foreign tourists accounted for nearly two-thirds of the total number of tourists. In August 2016, 256,000 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments or 15,000 foreign tourists more than in August 2015. 38% of the foreign tourists came from Finland, 10% from Germany, 8% from Russia and 7% from Latvia. 78% of the accommodated foreign tourists came to Estonia for holidays, 17% were on a business trip and the rest had some other reason for visiting Estonia. Foreign tourists mainly prefer the accommodation establishments of Tallinn (63% of the accommodated foreign tourists), Pärnu city (10%), Tartu city (6%) and Saare county (5%).

In August 2016, domestic tourists having used the services of accommodation establishments numbered 162,000, which were 8,000 domestic tourists more than in August of the previous year. 65% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 18% on a business trip. 20% of the domestic tourists having used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 15% in Pärnu county, 9% in Ida-Viru county and 8% in Saare county.

In August 2016, 1,311 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds (1,300 beds more than in August 2015) were available for tourists. 56% of the rooms and 47% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 35 euros or two euros more than a year earlier. The average cost of a guest night was 42 euros in Harju county, 36 euros in Pärnu county, 32 euros in Saare county, and 30 euros in Tartu county.

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St. Peter Line to sell cruise ships operating on Baltic Sea

Russian shipping company St. Peter Line, which operates a Tallinn-St. Petersburg route with a fleet of two ships, the Princess Anastasia and the Princess Maria, is to sell the ships to Italian cruise ship operator Moby Lines, reported lemarin.fr.

According to initial information, the new owner is to relocate the Princess Anastasia away from the Baltic Sea, while thePrincess Maria is scheduled to continue operating cruises in the region, Port of Tallinn Chief of Communications Sirle Arro told BNS.

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Estonia has been an attractive tourist destination

Tourism: can the success be sustained?

• Estonia has been an attractive tourist destination
• Growth despite fewer visitors from Russia and Finland
• Challenges and opportunities in 2017

Estonia has been an attractive tourist destination
Estonia has been rather successful in attracting tourists. The number of tourists per person has been higher than in Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, or Sweden, or the European Union (EU) average. Estonia’s net occupancy rates are also above the European average. Local tourism has been more active in Estonia than in other Baltic countries, but more sluggish than in Finland or Sweden or the EU average, where higher living standards enable higher expenditure on leisure and entertainment, and longer distances mean greater need for accommodation services.

Growth despite fewer visitors from Russia and Finland
The number of domestic tourists (40% of clients) has increased substantially in recent years, offsetting smaller flows from Russia and Finland. During the first six months of 2016, the number of tourists from Russia stabilised, while the number of tourists from Finland started to grow again. The sector’s economic indicators also improved: turnover was 17% and profits 10% higher during the first six months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015.

Challenges and opportunities in 2017
Next year will bring some challenges and opportunities for Estonia’s tourism sector. Estonia will raise the value-added-tax (VAT) on accommodation services, thereby accelerating the convergence of average prices with Western Europe. The recovery of the Finnish and Russian economies, the expected strengthening of the Russian rouble against the euro, and the EU presidency should support tourism flows next year. The number of nights spent by Estonian tourists could grow less quickly in 2017 as the Estonians’ purchasing power is forecast to grow more slowly than in 2016.

Source: Swedbank

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Port of Tallinn to expand terminals

Over the next 15 years, the Port of Tallinn is slated to carry out major reconstruction in the vicinity of the capital’s Old City Harbor, build new entertainment and retail areas near the planned Reidi Road, expand the port’s A and D terminals as well as change the area’s traffic solution.

Port of Tallinn Real Estate Development Manager Ahto Ader told BNS that the company is planning to make the area surrounding the Old City Harbor a more active city space which can be more easily traversed.

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Foreigners spend more money in Estonia

Over 1.6 million foreign tourists visited Estonia in the second quarter of 2016, which is 4% more than at the same time a year earlier.Although the amount of tourists from Finland, whose visits make up a third of all visits, decreased by 1% compared to last year, the number of visits made by European Union citizens grew by 2% in a year. The number of visits made from Spain and Portugal, for example, increased by more than a quarter. Russian citizens came to Estonia on 200,000 occasions and that figure stayed the same as last year. The number of visits from Asian countries continued to grow, with 15% more visits taking place in the second quarter of this year than a year ago. Visits from the USA and Norway have also become more frequent, while visits from Turkey and Belarus have decreased in number.

The number of overnight visits grew by 6% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, and the average length of an overnight visit was four days. 48% of all visits were same-day trips. Foreign tourists spent an estimated 390 million euros in Estonia in the second quarter, which is 5% more than in the second quarter of 2015.

Estonian residents made almost 950,000 trips to foreign countries in the second quarter, which was 1% more than a year earlier1.Estonian residents visited all neighbouring countries slightly more often than in the second quarter of last year, but the number of trips made to Belgium, France and Italy fell by more than 10%.

The holiday destination preferences of Estonian people have changed: the number of trips to Turkey fell by one third, while visits to Greece, Bulgaria and Croatia became significantly more frequent.

The number of overnight visits remained the same, and the average length of one such visit was 3.6 days. Same-day trips accounted for 15% of the total, and they increased in number by 6%.

Estonian tourists spent an estimated 185 million euros abroad in the second quarter.


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

The movement of travellers has a noticeable effect on the export and import of travel services in the Estonian balance of payments, which will be published on 8 September.

Source: Bank of Estonia

The number of tourists increased in May

According to Statistics Estonia, 280,000 domestic and foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments in May 2016, which was 4% more than in May 2015. The number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased.

191,000 foreign tourists and 89,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments. Compared to May of the previous year, the number of both domestic and foreign tourists increased by 4%. 59% of the foreign tourists having used the services of accommodation establishments came from neighbouring countries Finland, Latvia and Russia. Compared to May of the previous year, 4% more tourists from Finland stayed in accommodation establishments, while the number of tourists from Latvia and Russia decreased. There was also an increase in the number of tourists arriving from several other European countries – Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, etc. Among tourists using the services of accommodation establishments, the number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase. Compared to May 2015, 10% more tourists arrived from Japan and 8% more tourists arrived from China. 30% of the foreign tourists having used accommodation services stayed in accommodation establishments located outside of Tallinn, 30% of them stayed in the accommodation establishments of Pärnu county, 20% in Tartu county and 12% in Ida-Viru county.

32% of the clients of accommodation establishments were domestic tourists, of whom 57% were on a holiday trip and 29% on a business trip. 27% of the domestic tourists having used accommodation services stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 13% in Pärnu county, 12% in Tartu county and 10% in Ida-Viru county. In most counties, the number of domestic tourists staying in accommodation establishments increased compared to May 2015.

In May, 1,108 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 20,000 rooms and 46,000 beds (800 beds more than in May 2015) were available for tourists. 46% of the rooms and 36% of the beds were occupied. The average cost of a guest night was 38 euros or 2 euros more than in May a year earlier. The average cost of a guest night was 44 euros in Harju county, 32 euros in Tartu county, 31 euros in Pärnu county and 30 euros in Ida-Viru county.

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Tourists spent 1.3 bEUR in Estonia in 2015

  • The number of foreign visitors was the same in 2015 as it was in 2014, as 6.2 million trips were made to Estonia and around 1.3 billion euros were spent here
  • Estonian residents made some 4 million trips to other countries, which was 3% more than in 2014, and they spent around 800 million euros abroad

The number of foreign visitors was the same in 2015 as it was in 2014, as 6.2 million trips were made to Estonia. Foreign visitors consumed around 1.3 billion euros of goods and services in Estonia.

The number of visitors from Finland was about the same as in the previous year, as was their share of all visits at 39%. The number of visitors from other European Union countries increased by an average of 6%1. The biggest growth was of 21% in the number of tourist visits from Austria, 17% in the number from Spain, and 15% in those from Germany, while 15% fewer tourists came from Portugal and 17% fewer from the Czech Republic.

One visit to Estonia in four was made from outside the European Union. The biggest fall was the drop of one quarter in the number of visitors from Russia, who made some 836,000 visits to Estonia altogether, accounting for 13% of the total. The number of visitors from the USA increased by 70%, mainly due to same-day visits, of which there were 90,000 more. The number of tourists from Asia has increased for several consecutive years, and their numbers increased by one third in 2015, though they account for only a small part of the total number of tourists.

The number of same-day visits increased by 5% and made up 55% of the total number of visits, while the number of tourists staying overnight was down by 5%. Some 70% of visitors on multi-day visits stayed with accommodation providers in Estonia, and they stayed for an average of 4.8 days, making the average visit 7% longer than in 2014.

Estonian residents made some 4 million trips to other countries, which was 3% more than in 20142. Visitors from Estonia to foreign countries spent an estimated 800 million euros there.

There was not much change from 2014 in the preferred travel destinations for Estonian residents, and the top ten destinations remained the same. Three quarters of those visits were made to the European Union. The number of visits to Finland was down 7%, while 5% more visits were made to the rest of the European Union, and those visits made up more than half of the total. There was a notable increase of 15% in the number of trips by Estonian residents to Austria, of 16% in trips to Croatia, 21% in trips to Italy and 68% in trips to Slovakia.

The growth of the previous year continued in trips to sunny destinations, with 30% more trips to the United Arab Emirates, 14% more to Greece, 22% more to Turkey and 6% more to Thailand. Egypt has been losing popularity as a travel destination for six years, and last year there were one quarter as many trips there as in 2009.

Trips to Russia stayed constant at 380,000 and the number of visits to other countries in the CIS increased by one third.

Single-day visits accounted for a little more than one quarter of the total, and there were 4% fewer such visits. There were 6% more multi-day visits by Estonian residents, but their average length remained constant at 4.6 days.

1 All comparisons have been drawn on an annual basis, if not indicated otherwise.

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

Visits abroad by Estonian residents

 

Visits to Estonia by non-residents

Visits abroad by Estonian residents in 2015

Visits to Estonia by non-residents in 2015


More detailed information can be found on the Eesti Pank website under International travel statistics. The methodology for collecting International travel statistics was designed by researchers at Eesti Pank and the University of Tartu in partnership with OÜ Positium LBS. The mobile positioning data are collected and processed by OÜ Positium LBS, which gets the data from the telephone network operators in an anonymised form so as to protect fully the privacy of the telephone users. Statistical methods for the use, processing and presentation of the data do not permit identification of any individual telephone or user and comply with the law on personal data protection. A more detailed description of the methodology can be found on the Eesti Pank website under International travel statistics.

Source: Bank of Estonia

Author: Tarass Snitsarenko, Eesti Pank Statistics Department