Concepts




Overnight stay


Overnights stays are used to measure the length of time a non-resident visitor spends in Finland. One overnight stay is one night spent in Finland irrespective of type of accommodation. Time spent overnight on board a car, boat or other vehicle en route to Finland is not regarded as an overnight stay. If a visitor has spent a night on board a vehicle, such as a train or a camping vehicle, while in Finland it is counted as one overnight stay.



Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • Valid

Source organisation

  • EU

In the tourism statistics of the EU (Eurostat) an overnight stay is a statistical unit to measure both the volume of tourism, e.g. duration of stay on the supply side and duration of trip on the demand side. Number of nights spent (duration of stay) either in collective or private accommodation refers to the time spent during a visit measured from the standpoint of the receiving country or place.

On the other hand, the number of nights spent during a trip (duration of trip) measures the time a traveller spends away from home. In the tourism demand statistics (the Finnish Travel survey), the duration of a trip is classified by the number of nights spent into two main categories: short trips including 1-3 nights, and long trips including 4 or more nights. Overnight travelling by boat/ferry, train or other vehicle is included in the total number of nights spent during the trip. As regards tourism statistics, the maximum duration of stay in the destination place/country is 12 consecutive months.



Statistics using the definition

Validity of the definition

  • Valid

Source organisation

  • EU

Jaa