According to newly released data from Statistics Estonia, Estonian accommodation establishments (hotels, hostels, B&Bs, etc) served 170,000 tourists in February 2022. This is 70% more than in the same month last year.
“60,000 foreign tourists and 110,000 domestic tourists were accommodated in Estonia in February. The number of foreign tourists was four times bigger than in February 2021, but it was still nearly two times lower than in February 2019. The number of foreign tourists was comparable to February 2009, when the Estonian hotel industry was suffering from the recession. On the other hand, there were 26% more domestic tourists and their number increased slightly even compared to February 2019,” explained Helga Laurmaa, an analyst at StatisticsEstonia.
When compared to February 2021, there was a significant increase in the number of tourists from European countries as well as from countries outside of Europe. One of the reasons for the significant change was the very low number of visitors to Estonia in 2021. The biggest number of tourists in February came from Finland (18,000) and Latvia (12,000). There were also 5,000 tourists from Russia, 2,000 from Lithuania, and 2,000 from Germany.