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Published: 16 December 2016

Nights spent by non-resident tourists up by 1.3 per cent in October 2016

Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 1.3 per cent in October and accommodation establishments recorded nearly 317,000 of them. The number of nights spent by resident tourists went up by 0.9 per cent and totalled 1.1 million at accommodation establishments. Good 1.4 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments in October 2016, which was one per cent more than in October 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 October 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in October 2016/2015, %

The number of Russians passed Swedes in October to become the biggest group of visitors with good 34,000 overnight stays. The number of overnight stays recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments was the same as one year ago, up by just 0.2 per cent. Swedish visitors dropped to the second position and nearly 33,000 overnight stays were recorded for them, which is 5.8 per cent down on October 2015. Germans remained in the third position with 25,000 overnight stays. Their overnight stays decreased by 2.6 per cent from last year's October. British tourists came fourth with good 17,000 nights spent, even though the figure went down by as much as 19.3 per cent from the previous year.

In addition to British visitors, the biggest decreases came from overnight stays by Italians, which also diminished strongly. Nearly 6,400 overnight stays were recorded for them in October, which was 13.6 per cent lower than one year before.

Around 15,000 overnight stays were recorded for both Chinese and Estonian visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments in October. The number of overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased most in October, by as much as 40.8 per cent, while those by Estonians grew moderately, by 3.6 per cent from last year. Overnight stays by visitors from the United States and Holland both grew by around three per cent. Nearly 14,000 overnight stays were recorded for tourists from the United States, while overnight stays by Dutch visitors remained close on 8,000.

By region, the total number of overnight stays at accommodation establishments increased most in South Karelia, up by 24.1 per cent in October. In Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia, overnight stays increased by 17 to 18 per cent. The biggest drop in overnight stays was recorded in Kymenlaakso, 10.7 per cent and in Åland, where the number of overnight stays recorded was 6.0 per cent lower than one year earlier. Overnight stays in the whole country increased by one per cent from the previous year.

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

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

Number of overnight stays recorded at hotels was unchanged in October from one year before

In October 2016, the total number of nights spent at hotels was good 1.2 million, which was 0.1 per cent higher than twelve months earlier. Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland grew by 1.8 per cent from last year. By contrast, the number of nights spent by resident tourists decreased by 0.5 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists rose to nearly 291,000 nights and resident tourists stayed good 958,000 nights at hotels.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 51.8 per cent in October. One year earlier, it was 51.6 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 66.8 per cent, and Pirkanmaa, 57.1 per cent. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 73.7 per cent and in Tampere to 62.0 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 70.9 per cent.

In October, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 95.90 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 90.42.

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 2.2 per cent in January to October

In January to October 2016, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled nearly 17.5 million. This was 2.2 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In total, 12.7 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and good 4.7 million overnight stays for non-resident tourists. The overnight stays of resident visitors increased by two per cent and those of non-resident visitors by 2.6 per cent from the previous year's corresponding period.

The number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled good 572,000 in January to October, which was 14.7 per cent down on the respective period of last year. However, they were the largest group of foreign visitors in January to October, while Swedish visitors came next with 495,500 overnight stays. Overnight stays by Swedish visitors remained on level with the previous year, up by just 0.6 per cent. The third largest group were German tourists for whom accommodation establishment recorded 478,000 nights spent. Their overnight stays decreased by 1.3 per cent from the respective time period of last year.

British visitors stayed 291,000 nights at accommodation establishments and visitors from the United States good 204,000 nights. Nights spent by British tourists went down by 2.9 per cent, whereas those spent by visitors from the United States went up by 14.1 per cent in January to October 2016. Overnight stays by French visitors rose to slightly over 200,000 nights. The figure was 7.4 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year previously.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese visitors increased most during the January to October period. Nights spent by Chinese visitors rose to good 196,000, which was 23.1 per cent more than in the corresponding period twelve months earlier. Nearly 183,000 nights were recorded for Japanese visitors and the growth amounted to 6.7 per cent compared to January to October 2015.

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 16.12.2016

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