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Published: 20 August 2015

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland decreased by 6.2 per cent in June

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in June 2015 was 524,000, which was 6.2 per cent lower than in June 2014. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 1.2 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 1,503,000 of them. The total number of nights spent at accommodation establishments was 2.0 million, which was 2.5 per cent fewer than twelve months earlier. 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.

Change in overnight stays in June 2015/2014, %

Change in overnight stays in June 2015/2014, %

The steep decline in overnight stays by Russian visitors continued in June 2015. Altogether, 63,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 39.0 per cent lower than in June 2014. Good 61,000 nights spent were recorded for Swedish visitors, which was 7.1 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Russians were the second largest and Swedes the third largest group of foreign tourists in June. German tourists were the biggest group of tourists and they had 69,000 overnight stays at accommodation establishments, which was 0.8 per cent lower than in June 2014.

British visitors came next with close on 29,000 nights spent, with a slight increase of 0.2 per cent from the previous year. A total of 28,000 overnight stays were recorded for visitors from the United States, and the drop from June 2014 amounted to 14.5 per cent. The recorded number of overnight stays for Chinese visitors was 25,000. Among the biggest countries of inbound tourism to Finland, the biggest growth in overnight stays was recorded for Chinese visitors; 32.4 per cent.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in June most in Åland, up by 17.7 per cent. The number of overnight stays grew by 14.0 per cent in South Ostrobothnia and by 12.3 per cent in Ostrobothnia. The biggest decreases in overnight stays were recorded in Central Ostrobothnia, 16.9 per cent, and in North Ostrobothnia, 14.8 per cent. In the whole country, overnight stays decreased by 2.5 per cent from the corresponding period last year.

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2015 / 2014, %

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2015 / 2014, %

Slightly fewer nights were spent at hotels than one year earlier.

In June 2015, the total number of nights spent in hotels was just under 1.5 million, which was 0.7 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 1.6 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 1,036,000 of them. By contrast, overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by 5.8 per cent year-on-year and hotels recorded good 423,000 of them in June 2015.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 56.6 per cent in June. One year earlier, it was nearly the same, 56.7 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 72.2 per cent, and Varsinais-Suomi, 65.9 per cent. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 76.2 per cent and in Turku to 70.7 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 78.5 per cent. The biggest change in the hotel room occupancy rate occurred in Seinäjoki, up by 10.3 percentage points.

In June, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.75 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 93.21.

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 2 per cent in January to June

Between January and June 2015, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland was around nine million. This was 2.2 per cent lower than in the corresponding period one year earlier. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 0.7 per cent while that of nights spent by foreign tourists decreased by 9.0 per cent. In all, 6.5 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 2.5 million for non-resident tourists at accommodation establishments.

Between January and June 2015, the number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 422,000, which was 43.3 per cent down on the respective time period of last year. They were still by far the largest group of foreign visitors in January to June, as German visitors came next with good 253,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays of Germans went up by 7.1 per cent. In January to June, around 224,000 overnight stays were recorded for Swedish visitors and 192,000 for British tourists. The overnight stays of visitors from Sweden increased by 6.2 per cent and those of visitors from Great Britain by nearly one per cent from the previous year's corresponding time period.

The number of overnight stays for French visitors was 130,000 in January to June. Visitors from the United States and Estonia accumulated around 91,000 overnight stays in January to June. Overnight stays by Estonian tourists remained more or less at last year's level, while those by tourists from the United States declined by 4.4 per cent year-on-year. Among tourists from the Mediterranean countries, overnight stays of Italian visitors increased by 4.8 per cent, whereas those of Spanish visitors decreased by 6.0 per cent from the corresponding period last year. Overnight stays by Italian tourists rose to 49,000 while those by Spanish visitors remained at 40,000.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese visitors increased most, or by 37.9 per cent, during the January to June period. The number of overnight stays by Chinese visitors rose to good 70,000.

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2015/2014, %

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2015/2014, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 20.8.2015

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