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The number of tourists remained at the previous year’s level

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According to Statistics Estonia, 194,000 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in March 2014. The number of foreign tourists remained at the level of the previous year and there were 1% fewer domestic tourists.

In March, 116,000 foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, i.e. the same number as in March 2013. Three-quarters of the foreign tourists come from neighboring countries, Latvia, Finland and Russia. More tourists from Latvia and Finland stayed in accommodation establishments than in March of the previous year, the number of tourists from Russia decreased by 5%. Also from several other European countries, fewer tourists arrived than in March of the previous year. The number of tourists arriving from Asian countries continues to increase; in March, there were 30% more tourists arriving from Asian countries than a year ago. 77% of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in the accommodation establishments of Tallinn. The following most popular destinations were Pärnu, where 6% of the foreign tourists using the services of accommodation establishments stayed, and Tartu city and Ida-Viru county, which both accounted for 4% of the accommodated foreign tourists.

In March, 78,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which was 1,000 domestic tourists less than in March of the previous year. 55% of the domestic tourists were on a holiday trip and 27% on a business trip. 30% of the domestic tourists using the services of accommodation establishments stayed in Harju county, 16% in Pärnu county, 11% in Tartu county and 9% in Ida-Viru county.

In March, 858 accommodation establishments offered services for tourists. 18,000 rooms and 39,000 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 36% and the bed occupancy rate was 30%. The average cost of a guest night was 31 euros and was one euro more expensive than in March 2013. The average cost of a guest night was higher than the Estonian average only in Harju county. In Ida-Viru county, the average cost of a guest night was 29 euros, in Pärnu and Tartu counties – 24 and 26 euros, respectively.

Accommodation by region, March 2014
AccommodationTotalNorthern

Estonia

North-Eastern

Estonia

Central

Estonia

Western

Estonia

Southern

Estonia

Accommodation establishments8581765887224313
Rooms17 9347 9181 1081 1643 7843 960
Beds39 46016 6362 3172 7568 3629 389
Room occupancy rate, %364741243122
Bed occupancy rate, %303936192817
Tourists accommodated194 162114 72512 0879 32531 35726 668
Nights spent362 169199 38225 61516 45572 39948 318
residents of Estonia132 36937 58813 01410 92337 09133 753
foreign visitors229 800161 79412 6015 53235 30814 565
Average cost of a guest night, euros313529302426
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