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Published: 18 August 2016

Nights spent by resident tourists decreased by 3.9 per cent in June 2016

Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 3.9 per cent in June from last year and Finnish accommodation establishments recorded nearly 1,436,000 of them. In contrast, the number of nights spent by non-resident tourists increased by 2.8 per cent and they overnighted good 536,000 times at accommodation establishments. A total of 2.0 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments in June 2016, which was 2.2 per cent fewer than in June 2015. 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 June 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in June 2016/2015, %

Germans were the largest group of foreign visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments in June with nearly 70,000 nights spent. Their overnight stays decreased slightly from the year before, by just 0.3 per cent. Swedes were the second largest group of foreign tourists with their 60,000 overnight stays. Their overnight stays increased by 4.4 per cent from the year before. Russians were the third largest group, although their overnight stays again declined sharply. Altogether, close on 48,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 22.8 per cent lower than in June 2015. British visitors spent good 27,000 nights in Finland, although the figure went down by 4.2 per cent from last year's June. Overnight stays recorded for visitors from the United States increased by as much as 42.3 per cent year-on-year and totalled 40,000.

Tourism from Asia has increased throughout the year and in June it grew by 6.2 per cent. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists rose to over 29,000, which was 15.5 per cent up on June 2015. Nearly 18,000 overnight stays were recorded for Japanese visitors at accommodation establishments. The number was 2.0 per cent lower than one year earlier. Good 15,000 overnight stays were recorded for Estonians, which is almost the same as one year before. The number of Norwegians' overnight stays was also good 15,000, which was 1.4 per cent fewer than in June 2015.

Of the most important countries of origin, overnight stays of Spanish and Dutch visitors increased in June 2016. Good 8,000 overnight stays were recorded for Spanish visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 4.4 per cent more than one year before. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by 2.7 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 16,000 of them.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased most in June in the regions of Kanta-Häme, up by 30.0 per cent, and Central Ostrobothnia, up by 12.0 per cent. Growth in Päijät-Häme amounted to 3.7 per cent. The biggest drop in overnight stays was recorded in Ostrobothnia, 24.2 per cent and in Kymenlaakso, where the number of overnight stays recorded was 15.4 per cent lower than over year earlier. In the whole country, overnight stays decreased by 2.2 per cent from last year's June.

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2016 / 2015, %

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2016 / 2015, %

Fewer nights were spent at hotels than one year earlier

In June 2016, the total number of nights spent in hotels was good 1.4 million, which was 1.4 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. The number of nights spent by resident tourists decreased by 4.3 per cent and that of nights spent by foreign tourists increased by 5.9 per cent from one year back. In all, 997,000 overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists at hotels and good 451,000 nights for non-resident tourists.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 56.9 per cent in June. One year earlier, it was 56.5 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 76.1 per cent, Varsinais-Suomi, 58.8 per cent, and Åland, 58.8 per cent. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 76.5 per cent and in Turku to 64.3 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 82.4 per cent.

In June, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 96.53 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 93.82.

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 grew by 1.5 per cent in January to June

In January to June 2016, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled nearly 9.2 million. This was 1.5 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. The number of nights spent by non-resident tourists increased by 4.0 per cent and that of nights spent by resident tourists by 0.6 per cent. Nearly 6.6 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 2.6 million overnight stays for non-resident tourists.

Excluding Russians, nights spent at Finnish accommodation establishments by visitors from the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in the January to June period of 2016. The number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 338,000, which was 19.6 per cent down on the respective period of last year. They were, however, by far, the largest group of foreign visitors in January to June, as German visitors came next with 258,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays of Germans went up by 1.7 per cent. Swedes came third and British visitors fourth. Overnight stays by Swedish visitors went up by 1.2 per compared with the corresponding period of last year and 225,000 nights were recorded for them. Overnight stays by British tourists increased by 0.6 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 193,000 overnight stays.

Visitors from France spent nearly 144,000 nights at accommodation establishments. Their overnight stays increased by 10.3 per cent in January to June. Overnight stays by visitors from the Netherlands and Spain increased much, by good 14 per cent for both. Dutch visitors stayed at accommodation establishments good 102,000 nights, while 46,000 overnight stays were recorded for Spanish visitors. A total of 92,000 overnight stays were recorded for Estonians, up by 0.8 per cent from the previous year. Visitors from the United States stayed 111,000 nights at accommodation establishments and their overnight stays increased by 21.2 per cent from the previous year's corresponding period. Japanese tourists stayed 89,000 times at accommodation establishments and their stays went up by 10.1 per cent.

Of the most important countries of origin, overnight stays of Chinese visitors grew most in January to June 2016. Nights spent by Chinese visitors rose to good 88,000, which was 25.1 per cent more than in the same period twelve months earlier.

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2016/2015, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 18.8.2016

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