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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2017, September

Published: 17 August 2017

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland increased by 12.1 per cent in June 2017

Nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments still grew, by 12.1 per cent from last year and nearly 602,000 nights were recorded for them in June 2017. The number of nights spent by resident tourists went up by 3.0 per cent and totalled slightly under 1.5 million at accommodation establishments. A total of nearly 2.1 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments in June 2017, which was 5.5 per cent more than in June 2016. 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 2017/2016, %

Change in overnight stays in June 2017/2016, %

Overnight stays by British and Spanish visitors grew strongly in June

Nearly 35,000 overnight stays were recorded for British visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 26.4 per cent more than in June 2016. The number of recorded nights spent by British visitors was highest in Uusimaa, nearly 24,000. Overnight stays recorded for Spanish visitors increased by 41.1 per cent, and good 12,000 nights were recorded for them at accommodation establishments in June 2017. Overnight stays by Spanish tourists took place mainly in Uusimaa, where slightly under 9,000 overnight stays were recorded for them. In all, the share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign tourists was 53 per cent.

Germany, Sweden and Russia the biggest countries of tourism in June

Germans were the largest group of foreign visitors with 82,500 nights spent. Their overnight stays increased by 19.2 per cent from the year before. Swedes were the second biggest group and nearly 63,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 9.8 per cent more than one year before. Russians came third with good 54,000 nights spent, which was 11.8 per cent up on June 2016. Visitors from China and the United States came next with around 36,000 recorded overnight stays each. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists grew by 23.7 per cent, while those by visitors from the United States decreased by 8.7 per cent from the year before.

Nights spent by visitors from almost all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in June. In addition to those mentioned above, the number of overnight stays by Italians grew by 21.9 per cent from the year before. Apart from visitors from the United States, overnight stays from the most important countries of tourism decreased for only Estonian and Swiss tourists. Overnight stays by Estonian tourists went down by 8.8 per cent and those by Swiss visitors by 4.1 per cent.

Examined by region, overnight stays increased in June most in South Karelia, up by 22.3 per cent. Overnight stays increased by 18 per cent in both Päijät-Häme and Satakunta. In contrast, the total number of overnight stays decreased in Kanta-Häme, by 15.3 per cent, and in Central Ostrobothnia, by 12.7 per cent. In the whole country, overnight stays increased by 5.5 per cent from June 2016.

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2017/2016, %

Change in overnight stays in June by region 2017/2016, %

Overnight stays at hotels increased by 6.7 per cent

In June 2017, the total number of nights spent at hotels was good 1.5 million, which was 6.7 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 12.8 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 511,000 of them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered slightly over one million. The number was 4.0 per cent higher than in June 2016.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 59.6 per cent in June. One year earlier, it was 57.3 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 78.1 per cent, and Ostrobothnia, 64.1 per cent. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate was 82.3 per cent and in Vaasa, 74.2 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 82.0 per cent.

In June 2017, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 106.65 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously it was EUR 98.08.

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 grew by 6.8 per cent in January to June 2017

Between January and June 2017, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled good 9.8 million. This was 6.8 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. Nearly 6.8 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and around three million overnight stays for non-resident tourists. The overnight stays of resident visitors increased by 2.7 per cent and those of non-resident visitors by 17.1 per cent from the previous year's January to June.

The number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled good 407,000 in the first half of 2017, which was 18.7 per cent up on the respective period of 2016. They were still the biggest country of inbound tourism to Finland. Germans came second with 289,000 overnight stays. The figure went up by 11.7 per cent from January to June 2016. Swedish and British tourists came next, both with around 240,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays by Swedish tourists increased by 11.3 per cent and those by British tourists by 23.0 per cent. Overnight stays by Dutch and Spanish visitors also grew strongly in January to June. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by 32.4 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded nearly 136,000 of them. Overnight stays recorded for Spanish visitors numbered 59,000, which was 23.6 per cent more than in January to June 2016.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese visitors increased most in January to June 2017. Nights spent by Chinese visitors rose to good 139,000, which was 53.8 per cent more than in the corresponding period in 2016. However, more overnight stays were recorded for French visitors than for Chinese ones, nearly 165,000, which was 14.0 per cent more than in January to June 2016.

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2017/2016, %

Change in overnight stays in January-June 2017/2016, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Marjut Tuominen 029 551 3556, Ossi Nurmi 029 551 2984, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Director in charge: Sami Saarikivi

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Updated 17.8.2017

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. June 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 21.11.2017].
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