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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2021, February

Published: 28 May 2020

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland decreased by 86 per cent in April 2020

Due to the market situation caused by the coronavirus, overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 86.4 per cent from last year and 0.17 million nights were recorded for them in April 2020. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 95.2 per cent and 0.02 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 0.18 million overnight stays, which was 88.4 per cent lower than one year before. 255 hotels were closed for the entire month and 66 closed their doors during April. 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 April 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in April 2020/2019, %

Overnight stays by Russians decreased most in April 2020

The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians , down by 40,600 nights. Their overnight stays were 98.3 per cent down on April 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 3,900 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 1,300 overnight stays. The third largest group was Russians with 700 overnight stays, and fourth were U.S. tourists with 600 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Swedes (600 nights), sixth was Spanish tourists (500 nights), seventh Britons (500 nights) and eight French (500 nights).

In Lapland, overnight stays decreased by 92 per cent in April 2020

Ski resorts in Lapland were closed in April and the overall number of nights declined most in relative terms in Lapland, by 92.3 per cent. The second largest decline was seen in Kanta-Häme, by 91.5 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 9,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 1,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 95.8 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 99.0 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 51 per cent and that of Lapland 3 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in April by region 2020/2019,%

Change in overnight stays in April by region 2020/2019,%

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 92 per cent in April 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.11 million, which was 91.8 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 96.7 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 10,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.1 million. The number was 90.3 per cent lower than in April 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kymenlaakso, 16.7 per cent, and in Central Ostrobothnia, 16.3 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 12.2 per cent, 12.0 per cent in Tampere, 15.0 per cent in Turku, 17.5 per cent in Oulu and 8.8 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In April 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 80.13 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 101.80. There was a total of 26,248 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 27,831 fewer than in April 2019.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent declined by 30 per cent in January to April 2020

In January to April 2020, a total of 4.69 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 30.1 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 3.08 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.61 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 31.7 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 26.9 from the previous year.

Overnight stays declined from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Swedes, down by 57,400 nights. Their overnight stays were 47.7 per cent down on January to April 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 241,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 153,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 143,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 143,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (114,000 nights), sixth was Chinese tourists (72,000 nights), seventh Swedes (63,000 nights) and eight was Estonians (54,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2020/2019, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 28.05.2020

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