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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2021, October

Published: 26 August 2021

Domestic tourism at a record high level in July 2021

Overnight stays at accommodation establishments were at a record high level in July 2021. Overnight stays by resident tourists exceeded by more than a quarter the level of July 2019 preceding the corona crisis. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists decreased by 77 per cent compared to July 2019. The total amount of overnight stays was 3.34 million, which was two per cent more than two years ago. 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.

Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021

Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021

July records were broken in nearly all regions

The recovery of tourism is illustrated by comparison with the year before the corona crisis started in 2020. For leisure trips, overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 30 per cent from July 2019. Overnight stays by resident business travellers also increased by 14 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident leisure travellers were 80 per cent less than two years ago and 65 per cent less by non-resident business travellers.

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Examined by region, overnight stays decreased compared to July 2019 only in Uusimaa, by 31 per cent, North Karelia, by 16 per cent and South Karelia, by 2 per cent. Compared to July last year however, overnight stays increased in all regions.

Change in overnight stays in July by region 2021/2020,%

Change in overnight stays in July by region 2021/2020,%

Occupancy rates of hotel rooms high in several regions

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in North Karelia, 87.5 per cent, and in South Karelia, 86.4 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 48.7 per cent, 86.8 per cent in Tampere, 91.1 per cent in Turku, 81.0 per cent in Oulu and 36.2 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In July 2021, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 105.99 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 99.20. There was a total of 54,656 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 7,292 more than in July 2020.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Overnight stays increased by 4.9 per cent in January to July 2021

In January to July 2021, a total of 9.13 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 4.9 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 8.58 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 0.55 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 24.6 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 69.9 from the previous year.

Overnight stays declined from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Swedes. Overnight stays by them declined by 14 700 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 231,500 nights. Their overnight stays were 94.5 per cent down on January to July 2020.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Germans with 80,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Estonians with 67,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 57,000 overnight stays, and fourth were U.S. tourists with 31,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (19,000 nights), sixth was Britons (17,000 nights), seventh French (16,000 nights) and eight was Italians (15,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-July 2021/2020, %

Change in overnight stays in January-July 2021/2020, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ossi Nurmi 029 551 2984, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 29.07.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. July 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 7.12.2021].
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