Helga Laurmaa, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, said the majority of those staying in tourist accommodation are domestic tourists, with only around 10 percent of the total being foreign tourists.
Laurmaa said: “The number of foreign tourists staying in Estonia has been reduced significantly by the second wave of coronavirus and the restrictions imposed by countries that have severely affected the accommodation sector.”
A total of 158,000 tourists stayed in hotels and other accommodations in October for a total of 248,000 nights.
According to Statistics Estonia, there were 139,000 domestic tourists who spent a total of 230,000 nights. By nature, domestic tourists are likely to spend fewer nights per stay than foreigners, despite staying 16 percent overnight than in October 2019.
Domestically, domestic tourism increased by 20 percent, with the largest proportion being housed in Harju County, followed by Pärnu, Tartu and Ida-Viru Counties.
19,000 foreign tourists spent nights in Estonia in October, an 89 percent decrease from the previous year.
Most of them came from Finland (5,000), 2,500 from Latvia and 1,300 from Germany.
According to Estonia, foreign tourists spent a total of 54,000 nights in Estonia, a decrease of 85 percent compared to the previous year. Foreign tourists mostly visited the same four counties as local visitors.
In October a total of 975 hotels, guest houses and other accommodation facilities were open at an average price of € 32 per guest – a decrease of € 6 on average compared to the previous year.
Tartu County was slightly more expensive at an average of € 38 per night, compared to € 32 in Harju County and € 31 per night in Ida-Viru County, according to Statistics Estonia.
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