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Published: 23 December 2020

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland decreased by 34 per cent in November 2020

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 34.3 per cent from last year and 0.73 million nights were recorded for them in November 2020. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased outside Greater Helsinki by 25.4 per cent but in Greater Helsinki they declined by 59.1 per cent. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 80.9 per cent and 87,000 overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 0.82 million overnight stays, which was 47.9 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 November 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in November 2020/2019, %

Estonians and Germans were the biggest group of non-resident tourists in November 2020

Overnight stays did not increase from any of the most important countries. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Swiss tourists , down by 5,100 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians , down by 56,500 nights. Their overnight stays were 92.9 per cent down on November 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 10,500 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 10,500 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 5,300 overnight stays, and fourth were Russians with 4,300 overnight stays.

Overnight stays in Kainuu on par with previous year in November 2020

Overnight stays declined in each region, but the smallest drop in relative terms was in Kainuu, where overnight stays declined by 0.9 per cent . By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Uusimaa, by 68.2 per cent and second most in Ostrobothnia, by 58.6 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 29,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 9,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 86.8 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 89.9 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 34 per cent and that of Lapland 11 per cent.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 51 per cent in November 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.68 million, which was 51.0 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 82.1 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 72,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.61 million. The number was 38.1 per cent lower than in November 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kainuu, 43.9 per cent, and in North Ostrobothnia, 41.3 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 21.2 per cent, 36.0 per cent in Tampere, 44.2 per cent in Turku, 51.6 per cent in Oulu and 24.6 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In November 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 90.40 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 113.94. There was a total of 51,056 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 2,938 fewer than in November 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 37 per cent in January to November 2020

In January to November 2020, a total of 13.54 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 36.5 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 11.31 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 2.23 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 24.8 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 64.5 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 80 100 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 492,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 65.9 per cent down on January to November 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 255,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 238,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 165,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 155,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Estonians (143,000 nights), sixth was Dutch tourists (129,000 nights), seventh Swedes (97,000 nights) and eight was U.S. tourists (78,000 nights).

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 23.12.2020

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