Published: 28 November 2019

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland increased by 12 per cent in October 2019

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 5.6 per cent from last year and 1.24 million nights were recorded for them in October 2019. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 12.2 per cent and 0.43 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.67 million overnight stays, which was 7.2 per cent more than one year before. 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 October 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in October 2019/2018, %

Overnight stays by French increased most in October 2019

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by French increased most in absolute numbers, by 4,000 nights. This was 46.1 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by U.S. tourists, down by 1,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 5.5 per cent down on October 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 46,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 37,300 overnight stays. The third largest group was Germans with 34,800 overnight stays, and fourth were Chinese with 23,200 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Britons (22,300 nights), sixth was Estonians (20,500 nights), seventh U.S. tourists (19,600 nights) and eight Japanese (18,100 nights).

In Uusimaa, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 14 per cent in August 2019

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in Southwest Finland, by 21.4 per cent, and second most in South Karelia, by 13.3 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Central Ostrobothnia, by 16.1 per cent and second most in Åland, by 14.2 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 259,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 35,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 13.5 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 2.6 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 60 per cent and that of Lapland 8 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in October by region 2019/2018,%

Change in overnight stays in October by region 2019/2018,%

Overnight stays in hotels increased by 8 per cent in October 2019

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 1.46 million, which was 7.8 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 12,1 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 388,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 1.07 million. The number was 6,3 per cent higher than in October 2018.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 71,1 per cent, and in Southwest Finland, 67,3 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 77,7 per cent, 72,3 per cent in Tampere, 76,5 per cent in Turku, 73,7 per cent in Oulu and 45,1 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In October 2019, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 108.91 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 99.62. There was a total of 53,546 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 963 more than in October 2018.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent grew by 4 per cent in January to October 2019

In January to October 2019, a total of 19.75 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 4.0 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 13.95 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 5.8 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 4.3 per cent and the number of nights spent by non-resident tourists increased by 3.3 per cent from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Chinese increased most in absolute numbers, by 42,600 nights. This was 15.2 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians ,down by 7,600 nights. Their overnight stays were 1.1 per cent down on January to October 2018.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 682,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 580,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 502,000 overnight stays , and fourth were Britons with 349,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Chinese (322,000 nights), sixth was French (280,000 nights), seventh U.S. tourists (269,000 nights) and eight was Dutch (229,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-October 2019/2018, %

Change in overnight stays in January-October 2019/2018, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ossi Nurmi 029 551 2984, Sofia Pitkänen 029 551 3037, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 28.11.2019

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. October 2019. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 6.12.2019].
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