August was successful for accommodation establishments
In August, 249,100 foreign tourists used the services of accommodation establishments and compared to August 2012 the number of foreign tourists increased by 11%.
More tourists arrived from the neighbouring countries Latvia, Finland and Russia (32%, 19% and 12%, respectively). More tourists than in August last year also arrived from Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and Ukraine. Fewer tourists from Germany and from several other European countries stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia than in August a year ago.
However, Asian tourists’ interest in Estonia has increased in recent years. 44% more tourists from Asian countries stayed in accommodation establishments than in August 2012.
66% of accommodated foreign tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn, 17% in Western Estonia, 9% in Southern Estonia and 8% in Central Estonia, North-Eastern Estonia and Harju county. Most of the foreign tourists came to Estonia for a holiday trip, one fifth had another reason for visiting Estonia.
In August, 136,400 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 15% more than in the same month of the previous year. About two thirds of the accommodated domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 23% on a business trip. Compared to July, the share of business trips increased and the share of holiday trips decreased.
60% of the domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Western and Southern Estonia and one fifth stayed in Northern Estonia. The accommodation establishments located in North-Eastern and Central Estonia were used less.
In August, 1,182 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 21,400 rooms and 50,300 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 56% and the bed occupancy rate was 47%. In Tallinn, the room occupancy rate and the bed occupancy rate were higher than Estonia’s average.
The average cost of a guest night was 32 euros, which is two euros more than in August of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was 39 euros in Tallinn.