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Published: 28 October 2020

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland decreased by 12 per cent in September 2020

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 12.3 per cent from last year and 1.15 million nights were recorded for them in September 2020. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased outside Greater Helsinki by 5.4 per cent but in Greater Helsinki they declined by 42.8 per cent. Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 83.1 per cent and 0.09 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.23 million overnight stays, which was 32.3 per cent lower 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 September 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in September 2020/2019, %

Estonians were the biggest group of non-resident tourists in September 2020

Overnight stays did not increase from any of the most important countries. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Estonians, down by 5,900 nights. This was 30.2 per cent lower than one year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 39,900 nights. Their overnight stays were 95.6 per cent down on September 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 13,600 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 8,900 overnight stays. The third largest group was Thais with 8,300 overnight stays, and fourth Swedes with 6,800 overnight stays.

In Uusimaa, overnight stays decreased by 64 per cent in September 2020

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in North Ostrobothnia, by 7.0 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Uusimaa, by 64.4 per cent and second most in Åland, by 58.2 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 38,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 7,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 88.0 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 78.8 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 43 per cent and that of Lapland 8 per cent.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 38 per cent in September 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.91 million, which was 37.8 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 86.5 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 57,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.85 million. The number was 17.9 per cent lower than in September 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in North Ostrobothnia, 52.1 per cent, and in Kainuu, 51.1 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 25.1 per cent, 39.1 per cent in Tampere, 45.9 per cent in Turku, 59.8 per cent in Oulu and 32.6 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In September 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.88 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 115.67. There was a total of 51,592 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 3,121 fewer than in September 2019.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent decreased by 36 per cent in January to September 2020

In January to September 2020, a total of 11.59 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 35.9 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 9.54 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 2.05 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 24.9 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 61.9 from the previous year.

Overnight stays declined from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Estonians. Overnight stays by them declined by 62 500 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 391,100 nights. Their overnight stays were 61.1 per cent down on January to September 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 249,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 220,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 158,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 151,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (126,000 nights), sixth was Estonians (121,000 nights), seventh Swedes (88,000 nights) and eight was Chinese tourists (74,000 nights).

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 28.10.2020

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