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Accommodation statistics

Producer: Statistics Finland
Main topic: Transport and Tourism
Related topics: Services
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


Accommodation statistics describe the supply and use of hotel services, and provide data on the numbers of users of these services and on overnight stays. The supply is depicted with data on the volume of room and bed capacity of hotels, use of the services is calculated as a proportion of sold rooms of total available room capacity (utilisation rate). Demand for hotel services is also measured with the number of overnight stays. Users of the services are divided into domestic and foreign tourists.

Data content

Accommodation statistics contain data on the activity of registered accommodation establishments, hotels, motels, hostels, youth hostels, holiday villages and camping sites. The data describe numbers of establishments, rooms and bedplaces, capacity utilisation rates, guest arrivals by country of residence, overnight stays by country of residence and purpose of trip and average prices of hotel rooms and overnight stays in different types of accommodation establishments. The statistics cover accommodation establishments with at least 20 bed places or caravan pitches with electrical connection points, as well as hostels.

Accommodation statistics are required for the monitoring and promotion of domestic and inbound travel and for national and regional planning of investment in tourism. The data on capacities and tourist flows are produced in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 692/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council and are internationally comparable. The data are produced by region and municipality. Data by municipality can only be released if the municipality concerned has at least four accommodation establishments.

Data on individual establishments may not be disclosed.

Classifications used

Regional divisions based on municipalities, country classification (tourists' country of residence), classification of the industry of hotel and restaurant activity (Standard Industrial Classification TOL 2008)

Data collection methods and data sources

The data are collected monthly electronically or with questionnaires or as computer printouts from the accommodation establishments within the scope of the statistics. Missing data are estimated with the imputation method. The data of the register of accommodation establishments which forms the basis for the statistics are updated annually.

Data collections

Updating frequency

Monthly, annually.

Time of completion or release

The monthly publication of accommodation statistics comes out about 6 weeks from the end of the statistical reference time period. Final data are published at the same time when the annual publication comes out.

Time series

Statistics on accommodation establishments have been produced since 1971. In 1986, the population was broadened to include camping sites. A major review was implemented in the statistics in 1992-1993 in consequence of which the statistics produced prior to it are not fully comparable with those produced after 1993. Efforts were made to retain the comparability of hotels. The data system of the statistics on accommodation establishments was revised in 2004. The method for imputing missing data, i.e. patching of missing data with substitute values, was introduced in connection with the revision. The method improves the temporal and regional comparability of the statistics. Retrospective comparable time series has been published since statistical year 1995.


accommodation activities, accommodation establishments, domestic tourism, hotels, non-residents, tourism

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Last updated 11.06.2013