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Published: 14 April 2011

Nights spent by resident tourists went up by one per cent in February

Corrected on 18 April 2011.The corrections are indicated in red.

The number of recorded nights spent by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in February 2011 was 988,000, which is one per cent more than in February 2010. The total number of overnight stays increased by just under one per cent from last year and altogether 1.3 million overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments. Overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered 346,000, which was almost the same as in last year's February. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.

Change in overnight stays in February 2011/2010, %

Change in overnight stays in February 2011/2010, %

The prolonged growth in the number of nights spent by Russian tourists at accommodation establishments halted in February 2011. Nevertheless, with 60,000 nights spent they continued to be the largest group of foreign tourists in February even though their recorded number of overnight stays at accommodation establishments was two per cent down on one year back. The next largest groups were visitors from Germany and the United Kingdom with good 35,000 overnight stays each. The overnight stays of British tourists decreased by 10 per cent and those of German tourists by two per cent from last year. Nights spent by visitors from almost all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland decreased in February. The only groups for which increases in overnight stays were recorded in February were visitors from the USA, Sweden, Norway and Spain. The biggest growths in the number of overnight stays were recorded for visitors from the USA, up by 16 per cent, and Sweden and Spain, both showing an increase of 10 to 11 per cent from February 2010.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased most in the regions of South Ostrobothnia, up by 21 per cent, and Ostrobothnia up by 15 per cent. The number of recorded overnight stays went up by 14 per cent in Päijät-Häme and eight per cent in Varsinais-Suomi from the year before. Over-night stays decreased most in Satakunta, by 14 per cent and Kainuu, by 11 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in February by region 2011 / 2010, %

Change in overnight stays in February by region 2011 / 2010, %

Overnight stays in hotels increased by almost two per cent in February

The total number of nights spent in hotels rose to nearly 1.2 million, which was almost two per cent up on the year before. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by two per cent and that of nights spent by foreign tourists by good one per cent from February 2010.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 50.5 per cent in February. One year earlier, it was 49.9 per cent. Examined by region, the highest hotel room occupancy rates were recorded in the regions of Pirkanmaa, 58.2 per cent, and Uusimaa, 56.3 per cent. In Tampere, the hotel room occupancy rate was 64.1 per cent and in Helsinki 58.7 per cent.

In February, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 89.28 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier it was EUR 86.61.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent at all accommodation establishments went up by three per cent in the early part of the year

During January and February this year, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 2.6 million, which was three per cent up on the respective time period of last year. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by four per cent and their total recorded number was nearly 870,000. Resident tourists spent 1.7 million nights and the growth from the early part of 2010 was 2.5 per cent.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Spanish visitors increased most, or by 19 per cent. The growth in the number of overnight stays of tourists from both the USA and Norway amounted to 12 per cent. Ten per cent growth was recorded by accommodation establishments in the number of nights spent by tourists from both Russia and Sweden. By contrast, the overnight stays of visitors from the United Kingdom decreased by 13 per cent and those of visitors from France by 10 per cent from the previous year's corresponding time period.

Change in overnight stays in January-February 2011/2010,

Change in overnight stays in January-February 2011/2010,

Source: Accommodation Statistics 2011. Statistics Finland

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Updated 14.4.2011

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
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