According to Statistics Estonia, during the first nine months of this year, 1.9 million foreign and domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Estonia, which was 11% more than at the same time of 2009. 13% more foreign tourists and 8% more domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments.
From January to September 2010, 1.2 million foreign tourists stayed in accommodation establishments. This exceeds the same period results of 2008, the best year for accommodation establishments of the past decade, by 7%. Foreign tourists continue to account for two thirds of the total number of tourists and they use services of the accommodation establishments of Tallinn most of all. 53% of foreign tourists arrived from Finland, 100,000 from Russia and 75,000 from Germany. From all major tourism partner countries there arrived more tourists than during nine months of the previous year.
From January to September, more than 600,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, which is 8% more than in same period of the previous year but less than in the same period of 2007 and 2008. 22% of domestic tourists stayed in the accommodation establishments of Harju county, 13% in Pärnu county and 11% in Tartu county.
In September, 880 accommodation establishments with 18,000 rooms and 40,000 beds were available for tourists. The room occupancy rate was 40%, which is 6 percentage points higher than in September of the previous year. 128,000 foreign and 57,000 domestic tourists stayed in accommodation establishments which makes 19% more of both than in September 2009.
In September, the average cost of a guest night in an accommodation establishment was 446 kroons (29 euros), which was 3% less than in September of the previous year. The average cost of a guest night was the highest in Tallinn (538 kroons or 34 euros). In Pärnu the average cost of a guest night was 365 kroons (23 euros) being 6% cheaper than in September 2009.
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