Helga Laurmaa, analyst at Statistics Estonia, said most of the clients staying were again domestic tourists.
“In March 2020, half of the clients of accommodation establishments were foreign tourists, but the impact of the coronavirus reduced their share to 17% in March,” Laurmaa said.
Accommodation establishments received 9,000 foreign tourists, who spent 32,000 nights in total. Compared to March of last year, the number of foreign tourists fell by 81% and their nights spent by 66%.
The number of visitors from Russia fell by 93%, Finland by 92% and Latvia by 71%. The majority of foreign tourists stayed in Harju County, followed by Tartu, Ida-Viru and Pärnu counties.
42,000 national tourists stayed in accommodation establishments, 5% less than in March 2020. However, their number of overnight stays increased by 6%. Among domestic tourists, 43 percent stayed in accommodation establishments in Harju County, 13 percent in Tartu County and 7 percent in Pärnu and Ida-Viru counties each.
In March, 897 accommodation establishments were open to tourists in Estonia, down 1% from the previous year. There were 19,000 rooms and 43,000 beds available for guests. 14 percent of the rooms were occupied.
The average cost of an overnight stay was 26 euros, which is seven euros less than in March 2020. An overnight stay was more expensive than the Estonian average in Harju and Tartu counties, respectively 29 and 27 euros. The average cost of a night in accommodation establishments in Ida-Viru and Pärnu counties was 24 euros.