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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2019, September

Published: 26 September 2019

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland increased by 4 per cent in August 2019

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 3.5 per cent from last year and 1.62 million nights were recorded for them in August 2019. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 4.0 per cent and 0.78 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 2.4 million overnight stays, which was 3.6 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 August 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in August 2019/2018, %

Overnight stays by Russians increased most in August 2019

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Russians increased most in absolute numbers, by 7,700 nights. This was eight per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Swedes, down by 900 nights. Their overnight stays were one per cent down on August 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 99,800 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 89,800 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 73,700 overnight stays, and fourth were Chinese with 49,300 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was tourists from the United States (36,500 nights), sixth was Italian visitors (35,500 nights), seventh British tourists (35,500 nights) and eight Japanese visitors (30,000 nights).

In Uusimaa, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by seven per cent in August 2019

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

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 411,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 65,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 6.8 per cent in Uusimaa and declined by 4.2 per cent in Lapland from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 52 per cent and that of Lapland eight per cent.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels increased by 4 per cent in August 2019

In August, the total number of nights spent in hotels was 1.8 million, which was 4.1 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 3.7 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 610,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 1.19 million. The number was 4.2 per cent higher than in August 2018.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 77.1 per cent, and in Southwest Finland, 76.4 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 84.8 per cent, 67.6 per cent in Tampere, 84.3 per cent in Turku, 75.3 per cent in Oulu and 48.0 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In August 2019, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 105.68 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 102.38. There was a total of 55,652 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 860 more than in August 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 August 2019

In January to August 2019, a total of 16.24 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, 11.39 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 4.85 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 4.1 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists by 1.8 per cent from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese increased most in absolute numbers, by 38,700 nights. This was 17 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Britons, down by 9,100 nights. Their overnight stays were three per cent down on January to August 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 595,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 505,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 417,000 overnight stays, and fourth were Britons with 300,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Chinese tourists (266,000 nights), sixth was French tourists (255,000 nights), seventh visitors from the United States (221,000 nights) and eight was Dutch tourists (204,000 nights).

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 26.09.2019

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. August 2019. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 19.11.2019].
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