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Accommodation statistics for Tallinn in May point to a hopeful summer season

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Compared to 2020, the newly published accommodation statistics for Tallinn in May have noticeably higher figures. According to Statistics Estonia, 30,242 tourists stayed in Tallinn accommodation establishments in May 2021, which is 231% more than in the previous year. However, the number of accommodated people in May this year was only 19%, or one fifth of the tourists in May 2019.

34% of all tourists who stayed in Estonian accommodation establishments stayed in Tallinn, spending a total of 69,560 nights (+ 198%) in accommodation establishments in the capital. Overnight stays by international tourists in Tallinn increased by 201% (a total of 33,271 nights) and overnight stays by domestic tourists by 196% (a total of 36,289 nights). In May 2021, 10,847 international tourists stayed in Tallinn, which is 214% more than in the same period of the previous year. There were 19,395 domestic tourists, 242% more than in the previous year. Domestic tourists accounted for 64% of all accommodated persons, international tourists accounted for 36%. The demand for accommodation in Tallinn has therefore increased among Estonians. Most international tourists came from Finland, which together accounted for 20% of all foreign tourists. The share of international tourists from Latvia was 11% and the share from Germany came 7%.

This year's figures compared to 2020, it must be taken into account that in the first half of May last year there was still an emergency situation in Estonia (from 12 March to 18 May), in the second half of May only the borders with Latvia and Lithuania and labor migration to Finland was open. The positive developments this year were certainly influenced by both the absence of an emergency situation and the constant easing of restrictions.

In light of the positive numbers of May, we may look towards the rest of the tourism summer with hope. In July and August, several more exciting events will take place in Tallinn, and Visit Tallinn’s campaigns will continue in Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden.