Published: 25 June 2020

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland decreased by 74 per cent in May 2020

Due to the market situation caused by the coronavirus, overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 74.4 per cent from last year and 0.28 million nights were recorded for them in May 2020. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 95.7 per cent and 0.02 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 0.3 million overnight stays, which was 80.7 per cent lower than one year before. 244 hotels were closed for the entire month and 39 part of the month during May. 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 May 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in May 2020/2019, %

Overnight stays by Russians decreased most in May 2020

The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians , down by 64,000 nights. Their overnight stays were 98.5 per cent down on May 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 4,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 2,100 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 2,000 overnight stays, and fourth were U.S. tourists with 1,100 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Russians (900 nights), sixth was Spanish tourists (600 nights), seventh French (500 nights) and eight Britons (500 nights).

In Uusimaa, overnight stays by non-residenttourists decreased by 97 per cent in May 2020

Overnight stays declined in each region, but the smallest drop in relative terms was in Central Ostrobothnia, where the drop was 52.3 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Kanta-Häme, by 89.4 per cent and second most in Uusimaa, by 89.0 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 9,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 1,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 96.6 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 98.0 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 46 per cent and that of Lapland 4 per cent.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 87 per cent in May 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.17 million, which was 87.1 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 96.7 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 13,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.16 million. The number was 83.0 per cent lower than in May 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kymenlaakso, 26.3 per cent, and in Satakunta, 23.9 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 14.4 per cent, 18.2 per cent in Tampere, 16.6 per cent in Turku, 33.7 per cent in Oulu and 12.1 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In May 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 83.91 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 108.20. There was a total of 24,820 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was -28,376 fewer than in May 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 40 per cent in January to May 2020

In January to May 2020, a total of 5 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 39.7 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 3.37 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.63 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 40.1 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 38.9 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 Italians . Overnight stays by them declined by 20 300 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 112,900 nights. Their overnight stays were 31.8 per cent down on January to May 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 242,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 155,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 144,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 143,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (114,000 nights), sixth was Chinese tourists (72,000 nights), seventh Swedes (65,000 nights) and eight was Estonians (58,000 nights).

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

Change in overnight stays in January-May 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 25.06.2020

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