In 2021, Estonia witnessed a drop in international tourists

 Saturday, February 12, 2022 

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Statistics Estonia has recently disclosed that during 2021 the Estonian accommodation establishments served more than two million tourists. This is exactly 8 per cent more than the figures registered in 2020.


However, as per SchengenVisaInfo.com reports, in 2021, the number of tourists who visited Estonia remains 44 per cent below the figures registered during 2019.


While the number of foreign tourists was not as high as back when there were no COVID-19 restrictions, the number of domestic tourists increased. This showed that Estonian people preferred to travel within the country rather than other countries.


In 2021, while commenting on the data gathered, Helga Laurmaa, the analyst at Statistics Estonia, explained that in 2021, 1.6 million domestic tourists and around 600,000 foreign tourists were accommodated in Estonia.


This signifies that the domestic tourists increased by 22 per cent compared to 2020 and by 3 per cent compared to 2019. On the other hand, the number of foreigners was 17 per cent lower than in 2020, comparable to the one registered in 1997.


To quote Laurmaa, “Accommodation establishments have never served so many domestic tourists in a year, but the number of foreign tourists was comparable to 1997.”


The data also disclosed the fact that in Estonia, international tourists spent 1.3 million nights which is 9 per cent less than in 2020.


In 2021, the majority of foreign travellers who visited Estonia were from the neighbouring countries – Finland (144,000) and Latvia (89,000). In addition, 42,000 travellers were from Germany, and 29,000 tourists were from both Lithuania and Russia.

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