Estonia’s statistics revealed that during 2021, Estonian accommodation establishments served more than two million tourists, which is 8 percent more than the figures recorded in 2020.
However, the number of tourists who visited Estonia during 2021 is still 44 percent lower than the numbers recorded during the pre-pandemic period in 2019, TheSchengen.com reports.
While the number of foreign tourists was not as high as it used to be when there were no coronavirus restrictions, the number of domestic tourists increased significantly, indicating that Estonia’s citizens chose to travel within the country rather than abroad.
Commenting on the data collected over the past year, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, Helga Laura, said that 1.6 million domestic tourists and about 600,000 foreign tourists were accommodated in Estonia last year.
This means that the number of domestic tourists increased by 22 percent compared to 2020 and by 3 percent compared to 2019. On the other hand, the number of foreigners was 17 percent lower than in 2020, when compared to the number recorded in 1997. .
Laurmaa added, “The accommodation establishments did not serve that many domestic tourists in one year, but the number of foreign tourists was similar to 1997.”
The data further revealed that foreign tourists spent 1.3 million nights in Estonia, which is 9 percent less than in 2020.
Most of the foreign travelers who visited Estonia last year were from neighboring countries – Finland (144,000) and Latvia (89,000). In addition, 42,000 passengers were from Germany, and 29,000 tourists each from Lithuania and Russia.
In contrast, the number of nights spent by domestic tourists in accommodation establishments was twice that of foreigners. Domestic tourists spent about 2.7 million nights, which is 20 percent more than in 2020.
Domestic tourists spent 2.7 million nights in accommodation establishments, while foreign tourists spent 1.3 million nights. Compared to 2020, nights spent by domestic tourists increased by 20 percent, while nights spent by foreign tourists decreased by 9 percent.”
It was also revealed that foreigners and domestic travelers were mainly accommodated in the country of Harjo, followed by the provinces of Pärnu, Tartu and Ida Viru.
Previously, Estonian authorities announced that the country would remove COVID certification requirements for all events from February 14.
This means that the country may record positive trends in the travel and tourism sector, as travelers and citizens of the country will not be subject to strict COVID-19 restrictions when traveling within Estonia.