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Published: 17 December 2015

Overnight stays at accommodation establishments increased by 2.5 per cent in October

The total number of overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments was good 1.4 million in October, which was 2.5 per cent more than one year previously. Overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 3.1 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 1.1 million of them. The number of overnight stays by non-resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments remained on level with the previous year and their recorded number of nights spent was 311,000, which was only 0.2 per cent up on October 2014. 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.

Change in overnight stays in October 2015/2014, %

Change in overnight stays in October 2015/2014, %

Russians were the largest group of foreign tourists in October with good 34,000 overnight stays. However, this was 36.0 per cent less than in the year before. Swedes came next with nearly 34,000 nights spent, which was 1.3 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. Germans were in the third position with almost 26,000 overnight stays. The number was 6.1 per cent higher than one year previously. Good 21,000 overnight stays were recorded for British visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 13.1 per cent more than in October 2014. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Japanese visitors increased most, by 34.5 per cent. A total of nearly 18,000 overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments were recorded for them.

Overnight stays by Chinese tourists have increased throughout the year and in October they grew by 23.6 per cent. Overnight stays by Chinese visitors went up to 10,500 nights. Nights spent by visitors from Italy also increased strongly, by 26.5 per cent from last year. Their number of overnight stays was good 7,000. In contrast, overnight stays by Estonian tourists, as those by Russians, continued to decrease strongly in October, to nearly 14,500 nights, which is 11.0 per cent lower than one year earlier.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in October most in Åland, up by 15.9 per cent. The number of overnight stays grew by 15.6 per cent in Lapland and by 6.6 per cent in Uusimaa. The biggest decreases in overnight stays were measured in Kanta-Häme, Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia, around nine per cent in each. In the whole country, overnight stays increased by 2.5 per cent from last year's October.

Change in overnight stays in October by region 2015 / 2014, %

Change in overnight stays in October by region 2015 / 2014, %

Overnight stays in hotels increased by 2.3 per cent

In October 2015, the total number of nights spent in hotels was good 1.2 million, which was 2.3 per cent higher than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 2.5 per cent and hotels recorded nearly 962,000 of them in October 2015. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists grew by 1.7 per cent and hotels recorded 285,000 of them.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 51.6 per cent in October. One year earlier, it was 50.9 per cent. Among the regions, the biggest occupancy rate of hotel rooms was measured in Uusimaa, 67.4 per cent. A hotel occupancy rate of 56.2 per cent was recorded in Pirkanmaa. In Varsinais-Suomi, 54.6 per cent of hotel rooms were in use. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 74.1 per cent and in Oulu to 65.7 per cent. An occupancy rate of over 60 per cent was also measured in Tampere, where 60.8 per cent of hotel rooms were in use. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 74.1 per cent.

In October, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 90.38 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 91.41.

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 0.6 per cent in January to October

Between January and October 2015, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 17.1 million. This was 0.6 per cent lower than in the corresponding period one year earlier. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by one per cent while that of nights spent by foreign tourists decreased by 4.6 per cent. In all, 12.5 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 4.6 million for non-resident tourists at all accommodation establishments.

Between January and October, the number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled close on 670,000 overnight stays, which was 42.7 per cent down on the respective time period of last year. Russians still kept their position as the largest group of foreign visitors in January to October, while Swedish visitors came next with 498,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays of Swedes went up by 3.9 per cent. In January to October, nearly 481,000 overnight stays were recorded for German visitors and 299,000 for British ones. The overnight stays of visitors from Germany increased by 7.8 per cent and those of visitors from Great Britain by 3.6 per cent from the previous year's corresponding period.

In January to October, overnight stays by French tourists numbered 186,500, up by 4.4 per cent from the corresponding period of last year. In all, 178,500 overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments for visitors from the United States and nearly 171,000 for Japanese ones. Overnight stays by Japanese tourists increased by 5.1 per cent, while those by tourists from the United States decreased by 2.5 per cent from the corresponding period of 2014.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese visitors increased most, or by 42.2 per cent, during the January to October period. The number of their overnight stays rose almost on level with Estonians. Good 159,000 nights were recorded for Chinese visitors at accommodation establishments and close on 161,000 for Estonians.

Change in overnight stays in January-October 2015/2014, %

Change in overnight stays in January-October 2015/2014, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 17.12.2015

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