Tourism in Estonia from January to June 2019

Source: Visit Estonia

Tourism in Estonia from January to June 2019

During the first half of 2019, 1.65 million foreign and domestic tourists stayed overnight in the accommodation establishments of Estonia (70,100 or 4% more than a year ago). This means a new record. The number of foreign tourists amounted to 970,600 (20,300 or 2% more than a year ago) and the number of domestic tourists to 681,500 (49,800 or 8% more than a year ago).

The number of nights spent by foreign and domestic tourists in the accommodation establishments amounted to 3 million (83,000 or 3% more than during the same period of 2018). Foreign tourists spent 1.89 million overnights (20,600 or 1% more than a year ago) and domestic tourists spent 1.12 million nights (62,400 or 6% more than a year ago).

Skywheel of Tallinn

Photo by: Artur Ivlijev
  • Overnights by foreign tourists reached a new record for the third consecutive year and overnights by domestic tourists for the 7th consecutive year.
  • Of all the nights spent in the accommodation establishments, domestic overnights accounted for 37%, Finnish overnights 21%, and Russian overnights 9%. German and Latvian overnights both accounted for 4%.
  • Among all foreign overnights, the share of Finland was 34%. Russia accounted for 14%, Germany and Latvia for 7% each. Sweden and the UK accounted for 4% of all foreign overnights each.
  • In absolute figures, domestic tourism showed the biggest increase. The growth in domestic tourism was fuelled by the increasing income of the Estonian residents as well as more varied supply of tourism services and facilities.
  • Although tourism from the biggest inbound market, Finland, decreased, the loss was made up by an increase from a number of other markets. The number of Finnish tourists fell 11% to 341,700 and the number of nights spent fell 10% to 632,100). In absolute figures, the decrease was more severe in Tallinn (where their overnights fell 14%). Outside Tallinn, Finnish overnights decreased by 5%.
  • Tourism from the second biggest market, Russia, also decreased slightly (the number of tourists fell 1% to 126,200 and the number of nights spent fell 2% to 256,400).
  • Of the foreign markets, tourism from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, and the UK showed the biggest increase. Besides these countries, tourism from a number of other source markets – including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland and China – showed a good increase. Tourism from Latvia reached a new record for the 7th consecutive year. During the first half of 2019, 83,300 Latvian tourists stayed overnight in the accommodation establishments of Estonia, spending 126,900 nights. Both figures increased by 14%. Tourism from Germany increased thanks to additional touring holidays, with German overnights increasing in a number of destinations in Estonia. Tourism from the UK benefitted from additional low-cost flights from London to Tallinn.

For a full overview with charts or a detailed Excel file, please visit visitestonia.com/en/for-tourism-professional/reviews.

Last updated : 12.08.2019
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