International Visitors Boosted Number of Accommodated Tourists in Estonia, Statistics Reveal
A total of 479,000 international visitors have been welcomed in Estonian accommodation establishments in July this year, marking a total 26 per cent increase compared to the figures of the same period last year.
Such figures have been provided by Statistics Estonia, while the same source shows that the number of domestic tourists marked a decrease while the number of international tourists rose during the same period, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In this regard, the analyst at Statistics Estonian, Helga Laurmaa, has stressed that more than 229,000 internationals, as well as about 250,000 domestic tourists, were accommodated in Estonia in July this year.
“There were 169 per cent more foreign tourists than in July 2021. However, the number of foreign tourists was still 30 per cent smaller than in July 2019 before the pandemic. The number of domestic tourists grew fast in the two previous years, but in July 2022, there was a 16 per cent decrease year on year,” Laurmaa pointed out.
In comparison to July last year’s figures, there has been marked a notable increase in the number of international visitors from European countries as well as those from countries outside Europe.
The report reveals that the majority of international tourists, or a total of 52 per cent (118,000), came from Finland, followed by those from Latvia (22,000), Germany (14,000) and Lithuania (8,000).
At the same time, it was reported that a total of 68 per cent of international visitors were accommodated in Harju county, followed by Pärnu (13 per cent), Tartu (6 per cent) and Saare county (5 per cent), while international visitors spent a total of 440,000 nights in Estonia.
“For 76 per cent of domestic tourists, the purpose of their trip was a holiday, and 15 per cent were on business trips. The largest share of domestic tourists (19 per cent) was accommodated in Harju county. 17per cent of domestic tourists stayed overnight in Pärnu county and 10 per cent in Saare county, while Tartu and Ida-Viru counties each accommodated 9 per cent of domestic tourists,” the statement reads.
Domestic visitors spent a total of 459,000 nights in accommodation establishments.
At the same time, the report shows that in July, a total of 1,212 accommodation establishments served visitors, which means that this is 33 more compared to June figures. There were a total of 23,000 rooms as well as 55,000-bed places available for guests, while the room occupancy rate was 58 per cent.