Record number of domestic tourists accommodated in July

In July 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served 381,000 tourists, which is a tenth more than in the same month last year, data from Statistics Estonia shows.

The number of domestic tourists increased compared to both July 2020 and July 2019, while the number of foreign tourists remained significantly smaller than in previous years.

Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said there were still travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, which prevented a rise in tourism and the number of foreign tourists visiting Estonia was significantly lower than in the summer before the crisis.

“In July 2019, domestic tourists represented 37 percent and foreign tourists 63 percent of accommodated guests. However, in July this year, 78 percent of the accommodated guests were domestic tourists and just 22 percent were foreign tourists,” added Laurmaa.

In July, accommodation establishments served 296,000 domestic tourists, which is 41 percent more than in the same month last year and 51 percent more than in 2019 before the coronavirus crisis.

The number of foreign tourists decreased for the second year in a row: in July this year, there were 85,000 foreign tourists, compared to 136,000 in July 2020 and 328,000 in July 2019.

Read more: ERR.EE

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