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Number of accommodated tourists drops 2 pct y-o-y in August

Vene turistid Tallinnas PHOTO: Peeter Langovits / Postimees

In August 379,000 tourists stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments, 2 percent fewer than in the same month of the previous year, Statistics Estonia reports.

The number of domestic tourists increased while that of foreign tourists decreased.

Accommodated foreign tourists numbered 239,000, which marks a year-on-year decline of 4 percent. Some 55 percent of foreign tourists arrived from the neighboring countries Latvia, Finland and Russia. The number of Russian tourists was 12 percent smaller than the year before, the number of Latvian tourists declined by 5 percent and that of Finnish tourists by 9 percent. Fewer tourists arrived also from Sweden, Lithuania, Britain, Poland and Norway.

At the same time 14 percent more tourists from Germany than a year earlier stayed in accommodation establishments. The number of tourists from Asian countries continued to increase, although the growth was slower than in previous months of 2014. Around two thirds of the foreign tourists who used the services of accommodation establishments stayed in Tallinn. The next most popular destinations were the counties of Parnu, Tartu and Saare that accounted for 10 percent, 6 percent and 5 percent of all accommodated foreign tourists, respectively. Some 77 percent of the foreign tourists were on a holiday trip and 16 percent were on a business trip.

In August 140,000 domestic tourists used the services of accommodation establishments, 3 percent more than in the same month of the previous year. A fifth of accommodated domestic tourists stayed in Harju County, 17 percent in Parnu County and 8 percent in Saare County and East-Viru County each. Of domestic tourists 65 percent were on a holiday trip and 20 percent were on a business trip.

During the month 1,295 accommodation establishments with 23,000 rooms and 55,000 beds were available to tourists. The room occupancy rate was 52 percent and the bed occupancy rate 42 percent. The average cost of a guest night was 33 euros, one euro more than in August 2013.