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Published: 21 August 2014

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland up by 2.9 per cent in June 2014

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in June 2014 was close on 559,000, which was 2.9 per cent more than one year earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists at accommodation establishments numbered good 1.5 million. The number was 4.8 per cent lower than in June 2013. The total number of overnight stays decreased by 2.8 per cent from the year before. Accommodation establishments recorded nearly 2.1 million of them in June 2014. 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, and youth hostels.

Change in overnight stays in June 2014/2013, %

Change in overnight stays in June 2014/2013, %

The fall in overnight stays by Russians was less sharp in June. Nearly 101,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 5.7 per cent lower than one year before. Russians were still the largest group of foreign tourists in June 2014. German tourists came next with nearly 70,000 nights spent and they had 5.7 per cent more overnight stays at accommodation establishments than in June 2013. Swedes came third with 61,000 nights spent, with an increase of 6.1 per cent from the previous year. Good 28,000 overnight stays were recorded for British visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 2.8 per cent more than one year before. Overnight stays by tourists from the United States and Spain both increased by 18 per cent, but the number of overnight stays recorded for American visitors was nearly 33,000, while the number of nights spent by Spanish tourists was short of 10,000 in June 2014. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by visitors from Japan increased most, however. Overnight stays recorded at accommodation establishments for Japanese visitors totalled close on 17,000, which was 26.7 per cent up from one year before.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in June most in Kymenlaakso, up by 4.1 per cent. In Kanta-Häme, overnight stays increased by 3.3 per cent and in both Varsinais-Suomi and Åland by around two per cent. The biggest drop in overnight stays was recorded in Satakunta, down by 16.6 per cent. The number of overnight stays fell by 16.4 per cent in Etelä-Savo and by 14.4 per cent in Päijät-Häme. Approximately nine per cent fewer overnight stays were recorded in both South Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays in the whole country dropped by 2.8 per cent from last year.

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2014 / 2013, %

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2014 / 2013, %

Nights spent in hotels decreased by 1.5 per cent in June 2014

In June 2014, the total number of nights spent in hotels was just under 1.5 million, which was 1.5 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 3.1 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded good one million of them. By contrast, overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 2.4 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 449,000 of them.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 56.6 per cent in June. One year earlier, it was 55.8 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 72.6 per cent, and South Karelia, 65.0 per cent. In Lappeenranta, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 78.0 per cent and in Vantaa to 73.9 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 78.0 per cent.

In June 2014, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.68 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously it was EUR 90.50.

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 fell by 1.8 per cent in January to June 2014

Between January and June 2014, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 9.2 million. This was 1.8 per cent lower than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 2.3 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded good 6.5 million of them. Overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered 2.7 million, which was 0.7 per cent fewer than in January to June 2013.

Altogether, 739,000 nights spent at Finnish accommodation establishments were recorded for Russians, and they were still the largest group of foreign visitors in January to June 2014. Overnight stays by Russians have been falling throughout the year and in January to June, their stays at accommodation establishments were down by 10.4 per cent from the corresponding period of last year. The second largest group was Germans. Nearly 236,000 overnight stays were recorded for them, which was 1.9 per cent fewer than in January to June 2013. Swedish visitors were the third largest group with 215,000 overnight stays. The number of nights recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments was 2.7 per cent higher than one year earlier. The strong growth in overnight stays by Japanese tourists in June was not enough to turn the development positive for the January to June period, but all in all their overnight stays contracted by 3.2 per cent. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism into Finland, overnight stays of visitors from the United States increased most, or by 11.9 per cent, and good 95,000 overnight stays were recorded for them.

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2014/2013, %

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2014/2013, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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