Tourism in Estonia

Tourism in Estonia

Estonia recorded a total of 6 million tourists in 2019, ranking 63rd in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Estonia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 4.6 tourists per resident, Estonia ranked 28th in the world. In Northern Europe, it ranked 3rd.

Estonia generated around 2.32 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 7.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 8 percent of all international tourism receipts in Northern Europe.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 332 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Estonia spend as much as 935 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in Estonia

Development of the tourism sector in Estonia from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Estonia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 10 countries in Northern Europe.

Tourists per year in Estonia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 452.00 million USD, or about 10.33 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.11 million tourists at that time and roughly 214 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.32 billion USD, accounting for 7.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 379 USD for his holiday in Estonia.

Tourism receipts in Estonia per year

All data for Estonia in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20196.10 m2.32 bn $7.5 %379 $
20186.03 m2.33 bn $7.6 %386 $
20176.15 m2.13 bn $7.9 %346 $
20165.94 m1.91 bn $7.9 %322 $
20155.70 m1.89 bn $8.3 %332 $
20145.80 m2.28 bn $8.6 %392 $
20135.74 m2.02 bn $8.1 %352 $
20125.01 m1.29 bn $5.6 %257 $
20114.91 m1.26 bn $5.4 %256 $
20104.37 m1.07 bn $5.4 %244 $
20093.83 m1.09 bn $5.5 %284 $
20083.83 m1.64 bn $6.8 %429 $
20071.90 m1.42 bn $6.4 %745 $
20061.94 m1.36 bn $8.0 %702 $
20051.92 m1.23 bn $8.8 %641 $
20041.75 m1.11 bn $9.2 %635 $
20033.38 m883.00 m $9.0 %261 $
20023.25 m737.00 m $10.07 %227 $
20013.23 m661.00 m $10.58 %205 $
20003.31 m657.00 m $11.56 %198 $
19993.18 m702.00 m $12.26 %221 $
19982.91 m668.00 m $11.89 %230 $
19972.62 m597.00 m $11.78 %228 $
19962.44 m565.00 m $11.90 %231 $
19952.11 m452.00 m $10.33 %214 $

Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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