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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2019, October

Published: 29 August 2019

Nights spent by resident tourists increased by 7 per cent in July 2019

Overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 7.0 per cent at Finnish accommodation establishments from last year and 2.45 million nights were recorded for them in July 2019. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists remained on level with the previous year, growing by only 0.3 per cent. Altogether, 0.8 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 3.26 million overnight stays, which was 5.3 per cent more than one year before. 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 July 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in July 2019/2018, %

Overnight stays by Swedes increased most in July 2019

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Swedes increased most in absolute numbers, by 5,600 nights. This was five per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by British visitors, down by 5,100 nights. Their overnight stays were 16 per cent down on July 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Swedes with 121,200 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 99,900 overnight stays. The third largest group was Russians with 88,400 overnight stays, and fourth was Chinese tourists with 37,100 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Norwegians (36,900 nights), sixth tourists from the U.S. (35,600 nights), seventh Swiss tourists (29,100 nights) and eighth British visitors (27,900 nights).

Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased in Uusimaa by 6 per cent in July 2019

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in North Karelia, by 32 per cent, and second most in Ostrobothnia, by 17 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays decreased most in relative terms in Satakunta, by 12 per cent, and second most in Central Finland, by seven per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 375,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 75,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 6.2 per cent in Uusimaa and diminished by 9.7 per cent in Lapland from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 47 per cent and that of Lapland nine per cent.

Change in overnight stays in July by region 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in July by region 2019/2018, %

Overnight stays in hotels by resident tourists increased by 13 per cent in July 2019

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 2.23 million, which was 8.8 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by 0.9 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 582,000 of them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 1.65 million. The number was 12.8 per cent higher than in July 2018.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Åland, 85.8 per cent, and Southwest Finland, 78.0 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 79.7 per cent, 66.5 per cent in Tampere, 86.4 per cent in Turku, 75.3 per cent in Oulu and 42.6 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In July 2019, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 102.19 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 100.53. There was a total of 55,891 hotel rooms available in the whole country, which was 1,088 more than in July 2018.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent grew by 3.4 per cent in January to July 2019

In January to July 2019, a total of 13.84 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 3.4 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 9.76 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 4.08 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 4.1 per cent and that of nights spent by foreign tourists increased by 1.8 per cent from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased most in absolute numbers, by 31,400 nights. This was 17 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop occurred in overnight stays by Russian visitors, down by 14,900 nights. Their overnight stays were three per cent down on January to July 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 497,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 417,000 overnight stays. Swedes with 347,000 overnight stays came third and tourists from Britain came fourth with 266,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was French visitors (229,000 nights), sixth Chinese tourists (217,000 nights), seventh visitors from the U.S. (186,000 nights) and eighth Dutch visitors (182,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-July 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in January-July 2019/2018, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 29.08.2019

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