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Published: 18 September 2014

Overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments decreased by 3.3 per cent in July

The total number of overnight stays decreased by 3.3 per cent in July 2014. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded 2.9 million overnight stays. Overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by the same amount and accommodation establishments recorded close on 722,000 of them. Overnight stays by resident tourists at accommodation establishments numbered good 2.2 million. The number was 3.2 per cent lower than in July 2013. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.

Change in overnight stays in July 2014/2013, %

Change in overnight stays in July 2014/2013, %

July did not alleviate the steep drop in overnight stays by Russian tourists. Altogether, 146,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 13.9 per cent lower than one year before. However, Russians made up the largest group of foreign tourists in July 2014. Swedes came next with 121,000 nights spent. The number was nearly the same as one year earlier. Accommodation establishments recorded 77,500 overnight stays for German visitors and they were the third largest group of foreign tourists, even though the number of nights spent decreased by 7.1 per cent year-on-year. Overnight stays by Norwegian visitors declined almost as much, or by 6.9 per cent, and a total of 36,000 stays were recorded for them. Overnight stays by Japanese tourists contracted by 11.1 per cent and they spent nearly 21,000 nights at Finnish accommodation establishments in July.

Around 27,000 overnight stays were recorded for visitors from Great Britain and the United States at accommodation establishments, which was good one per cent more than one year before. Overnight stays by French and Spanish tourists both increased by five per cent, but the number of overnight stays recorded for French visitors was good 19,000, while the number of nights spent by Spanish tourists was 11,000 in July 2014. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by visitors from China increased most, however. Overnight stays recorded at accommodation establishments for them, totalled 19,000, which was 11.7 per cent up from one year before.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in July most in North Ostrobothnia, up by 14.7 per cent. Overnight stays increased by 5.1 per cent in Central Finland and by 2.9 per cent in Kymenlaakso. In Varsinais-Suomi and Åland, overnight stays increased by 1.2 per cent in both regions. The biggest decreases in overnight stays were recorded in Ostrobothnia, 13.3 per cent, and in Pirkanmaa, 12.7 per cent. Approximately 12 per cent fewer overnight stays were recorded in both North Karelia and Päijät-Häme than twelve months earlier. In Etelä-Savo and Kainuu, the decrease in overnight stays amounted to between nine and ten per cent. Overnight stays in the whole country dropped by 3.3 per cent from last year.

Change in overnight stays in July by region 2014 / 2013, %

Change in overnight stays in July by region 2014 / 2013, %

Nights spent in hotels decreased by 3.9 per cent in July 2014

In July 2014, the total number of nights spent in hotels was just under 1.9 million, which was 3.9 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by the same amount and accommodation establishments recorded 1.4 million of them. Overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by 3.8 per cent and hotels recorded close on 501,000 of them.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 59.0 per cent in July. One year earlier, it was 59.4 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Åland, 78.8 per cent, Varsinais-Suomi, 73.6 per cent, and in South Karelia, 73.5 per cent. In Mariehamn, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 91.6 per cent and in Lappeenranta to 84.4 per cent. Hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 69.7 per cent.

In July 2014, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 84.90 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously it was EUR 84.39.

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 fell by 2.2 per cent in January to July 2014

Between January and July 2014, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 12.2 million. This was 2.2 per cent lower than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 2.7 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded a total of 8.7 million of them. Overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered almost 3.5 million, which was 1.2 per cent lower than in January to July 2013.

Overnight stays by Russians have been falling throughout the year and in January to July, their stays at accommodation establishments were down by 10.8 per cent from the corresponding period of last year. Russians were still by far the largest group of foreign visitors in January to July with nearly 888,000 stays, while Swedish visitors came next with 335,000 overnight stays. The overnight stays of Swedish visitors increased by 1.2 per cent from the respective time period of last year. German visitors made up the third largest group with 313,000 overnight stays. The number of nights recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments was 3.3 per cent fewer than one year earlier.

The heavy increase in overnight stays by Estonian visitors seen in May that continued with less force in June, turned the change in their overnight stays positive, and in January to July 5.1 per cent more stays were recorded for them, rising to 112,000 overnight stays. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism into Finland, overnight stays of visitors from the United States increased most, however, or by 9.5 per cent, and a total of 122,000 overnight stays were recorded for them in January to July.

Change in overnight stays in January-July 2014/2013, %

Change in overnight stays in January-July 2014/2013, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 18.9.2014

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