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Published: 18 August 2011

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland increased by 9 per cent in June

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in June 2011 was 516,000, which was nine per cent higher than in June 2010. The total number of overnight stays increased by good three per cent from last year and altogether two million overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by two per cent and totalled 1.5 million in June 2011. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.

Change in overnight stays in June 2011/2010, %

Change in overnight stays in June 2011/2010, %

Russians were the largest group of foreign tourists in June with 78,000 overnight stays. The number of nights recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments was 28 per cent higher than one year earlier. Visitors from Germany came next with 73,000 nights spent, which was 12 per cent up on June 2010. The third largest group were Swedish tourists for whom accommodation establishments recorded 57,000 nights spent. The number was seven per cent higher than one year previously. Nights spent by visitors from almost all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in June. Besides for Russian visitors, significant growths were also recorded in the nights spent by visitors from Spain; up by 21 per cent, and the U.S. for whom 19 per cent more overnight stays were recorded than in June 2010. By contrast, overnight stays by Dutch visitors at accommodation establishments decreased by 12 per cent, those by French tourists by 11 per cent and those by British visitors by six per cent from the year before.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased most in the regions of Etelä-Savo, up by 25 per cent, and Varsinais-Suomi, up by 12 per cent. In North Ostrobothnia, recorded overnight stays went up by eight per cent and in Uusimaa by six per cent from the year before. Overnight stays in both Päijät-Häme and Ostrobothnia increased by five per cent. Overnight stays decreased most in Satakunta, by 12 per cent, and in Pohjois-Savo, by 11 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2011 / 2010, %

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2011 / 2010, %

Overnight stays in hotels increased by nearly four per cent in February

The total number of nights spent in hotels rose to 1.4 million, which was nearly four per cent up on the year before. Compared with June 2010, the number of nights spent by foreign tourists increased by 7.5 per cent and that of nights spent by domestic tourists by two per cent.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 55.0 per cent in June. One year earlier it was 54.3 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 71.2 per cent, and Varsinais-Suomi, 65.6 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 78.4 per cent and in Turku 69.9 per cent.

In June, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 87.35 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously it was EUR 88.05.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent at all accommodation establishments went up by four per cent in the January to June 2011 period

From January to June, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled nine million, which was four per cent up on the respective time period of last year. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by ten per cent and accommodation establishments recorded a total of 2.5 million of them. Overnight stays by resident tourists numbered good 6.5 million, which was two per cent more than in the same time period last year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Spanish visitors increased most, or by 24 per cent, in the January to June period. Overnight stays of visitors from both the United States and Russia increased by 21 per cent from the respective time period of last year. Accommodation establishments recorded 14 per cent more overnight stays for Norwegian visitors and ten per cent more overnight stays for visitors from Sweden. By contrast, overnight stays of visitors from the UK decreased by six per cent from the respective time period of last year.

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2011/2010, %

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2011/2010, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics 2011. Statistics Finland

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Updated 18.8.2011

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