Published: 26 March 2020

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland increased by 10 per cent in February 2020

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 10.1 per cent from last year and 1.23 million nights were recorded for them in February 2020. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 1.9 per cent and 0.61 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.85 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 February 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in February 2020/2019, %

Overnight stays by Chinese decreased by 69 per cent in February 2020

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Russians increased most in absolute numbers, by 12,200 nights. This was 31.8 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Chinese tourists , down by 32,600 nights. Their overnight stays were 69.1 per cent down on February 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Germans with 70,500 overnight stays. The second largest group was Britons with 65,900 overnight stays. The third largest group was French with 62,100 overnight stays, and fourth were Russians with 50,700 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (49,600 nights), sixth was Estonians (23,600 nights), seventh Swedes (23,300 nights) and eight U.S. tourists (22,900 nights).

In Lapland, overnight stays increased by eight per cent in February 2020

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in South Ostrobothnia, by 24.4 per cent, and second most in North Ostrobothnia, by 16.3 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Kymenlaakso, by 6.6 per cent and second most in South Savo, by 2.6 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 178,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 289,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 1.6 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 1.9 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 29 per cent and that of Lapland 47 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in February by region 2020/2019,%

Change in overnight stays in February by region 2020/2019,%

Overnight stays in hotels increased by eight per cent in February 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 1.56 million, which was 7.8 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 1.5 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 521,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 1.04 million. The number was 11.3 per cent higher than in February 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Lapland, 71.5 per cent, and in Kainuu, 65.2 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 64.8 per cent, 61.4 per cent in Tampere, 59.1 per cent in Turku, 78.3 per cent in Oulu and 80.6 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In February 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 115.16 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 111.45. There was a total of 54,219 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 985 more than in February 2019.

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 7.7 per cent in January to February 2020

In January to February 2020, a total of 3.51 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 7.7 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 2.19 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.33 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 10.3 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists increased by 3.8 from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Russians increased most in absolute numbers, by 31,500 nights. This was 17.1 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Chinese tourists, down by 18,100 nights. Their overnight stays were 21.1 per cent down on January to February 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 216,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Britons with 127,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Germans with 117,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 115,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (94,000 nights), sixth was Chinese tourists (68,000 nights), seventh Swedes (48,000 nights) and eight was U.S. tourists (42,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-February 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in January-February 2020/2019, %

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 26.03.2020

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