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Published: 15 January 2015

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland down by 6.1 per cent in November 2014

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in November 2014 was 359,000, which was 6.1 per cent fewer than in November 2013. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 2.9 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 938,000 of them. In November 2014, the total number of nights spent in hotels was just under 1.3 million, which was 3.8 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. 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 November 2014/2013, %

Change in overnight stays in November 2014/2013, %

No end is visible for the steep decline in overnight stays by Russian visitors. Altogether, close on 94,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was still 27.1 per cent lower than in November 2013. However, they have maintained their position as the largest group of foreign tourists. Swedes came next with 29,500 overnight stays, even though the drop from 2013 amounted to 6.2 per cent. Altogether 25,000 overnight stays were recorded for German visitors, and they made up the third largest group of foreign tourists. Overnight stays by German tourists increased by 1.1 per cent compared with November 2013. Overnight stays recorded at accommodation establishments for British visitors totalled 22,000, which was 4.4 per cent down from one year before.

Nearly 15,000 overnight stays each were recorded for Norwegian and Estonian tourists. Overnight stays by Norwegian tourists increased by 12.2 per cent, while those by Estonian tourists decreased by 10.6 per cent. Inbound tourism from far-off countries also declined in November. Overall, 11,000 to 12,000 nights were recorded for visitors from the USA and Japan. Overnight stays by tourists from the USA decreased by 2.0 per cent and those by Japanese visitors by 11.7 per cent. By contrast, overnight stays recorded for Dutch visitors increased by 16.6 per cent year-on-year and totalled good 7,000. Overnight stays by Spanish tourists increased most in November, by 21.4 per cent but only 5,500 overnight stays were recorded for them.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in November most in Ostrobothnia, up by 19.6 per cent. In Kanta-Häme and North Ostrobothnia growth amounted to three to four per cent. In all other regions, the numbers of overnight stays went down. The biggest drop in overnight stays was recorded in South Karelia, 20.7 per cent. In Päijät-Häme and Kymenlaakso, the drop was nearly one-fifth in each. In Satakunta, overnight stays decreased by 15.5 per cent and in Central Finland by 8.0 per cent. Overnight stays in the whole country declined by 3.8 per cent from last year.

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

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

Nights spent in hotels decreased by 3.2 per cent in November 2014

In November 2014, the total number of nights spent in hotels was just under 1.2 million, which was 3.2 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 2.8 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded nearly 841,000 of them. The number of recorded nights spent by non-resident tourists in hotels totalled 321,000, which was 4.4 per cent fewer than in November 2013.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 50.7 per cent in November. One year earlier, it was 51.6 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 65.1 per cent, and Ostrobothnia, 55.2 per cent. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 66.8 per cent and in Vaasa to 62.5 per cent. In Joensuu, the hotel room occupancy rate also reached 68.2 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 72.8 per cent.

In November, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.14 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 91.07.

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 November

Between January and November 2014, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 18.5 million. This was 2.2 per cent lower than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Overnight stays by both resident and non-resident tourists decreased by around two per cent each. Nearly 13.3 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 5.2 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists.

Between January and November 2014, the number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled close on 1.3 million, which was 13.6 per cent down on the respective time period of last year. They were still, by far, the largest group of foreign visitors in January to November, while Swedish visitors came next with half a million overnight stays. The overnight stays of Swedish visitors remained on the same level as in the respective time period of last year. German visitors made up the third largest group with close on 470,000 overnight stays. The number of nights recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments was one per cent lower than one year earlier.

Overnight stays by British tourists decreased by 4.7 per cent from the corresponding period last year and amounted to close on 311,000. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism into Finland, overnight stays of visitors from the United States increased most, or by 8.7 per cent, and a total of nearly 194,000 overnight stays were recorded for them in January to November. Overnight stays by visitors from Estonia and Spain both increased by around six per cent. By contrast, overnight stays of Japanese visitors decreased by seven per cent from the respective time period of last year.

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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