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Published: 22 March 2012

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland up by 13 per cent in January 2012

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in January 2012 was 607,000, which was 13 per cent more than in January 2011. The total number of overnight stays increased by five per cent from last year and altogether 1.4 million overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments. The number of nights spent by resident tourists remained on level with the year before, totalling 775,000 in January 2012. 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 January 2012/2011, %

Change in overnight stays in January 2012/2011, %

As usual, Russians were by far the largest group of foreign tourists in January 2012. Accommodation establishments recorded 314,000 overnight stays for them. Britons were next with 40,000 recorded nights spent. Both these numbers of overnight stays grew by 16 per cent from January 2011. Visitors from Germany came third with nearly 31,000 nights spent, which was eight per cent up year-on-year. Overnight stays by Norwegian and Estonian visitors both increased by six per cent. However, overnight stays by visitors from Japan increased most, or by 66 per cent, and almost 16,000 of them were recorded at accommodation establishments in January 2012. By contrast, nights spent by visitors from Spain decreased by 17 per cent and those of visitors from Italy by seven per cent from January of the year before. Smaller changes took place in the nights spent by visitors from the other most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland.

By region, the total number of overnight stays in January 2012 increased most in South Karelia, up by 36 per cent, and Etelä-Savo, up by 16 per cent. In Lapland, recorded overnight stays increased by 13 per cent and in North Karelia and Uusimaa by nine per cent from January 2011. Overnight stays increased by eight per cent in Päijät-Hame. Nights spent decreased most in Central Ostrobothnia, 19 per cent down, and in Satakunta, 12 per cent down. In Pirkanmaa and South Ostrobothnia, the decrease in overnight stays amounted to between eight and nine per cent. In the whole country, overnight stays increased by five per cent from January 2011.

Change in overnight stays in January by region 2012 / 2011, %

Change in overnight stays in January by region 2012 / 2011, %

Nights spent in hotels increased by six per cent in January 2012.

The total number of nights spent in hotels rose to 1.2 million in January 2012, which was six per cent up on the year before. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 15 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded a total of 535,000 of them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 683,000. The number was nearly the same as in January 2011.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 47.7 per cent in January. One year earlier, it was 46.1 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 57.6 per cent, and South Karelia, 54.8 per cent. In Lapland, the hotel room occupancy rate was 52.0 per cent. The highest hotel room occupancy rate in towns, or 73.5 per cent, was recorded in Rovaniemi. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate was 67.8 per cent and in Lappeenranta 61.0 per cent. Hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 60.5 per cent.

In January, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 90.87 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 88.17.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Source: Accommodation Statistics 2012. Statistics Finland

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Updated 22.3.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
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