Published: 25 November 2021

Nights spent by residents increased in October 2021

Overnight stays by resident tourists exceeded the level of October 2019 preceding the corona crisis by 18 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists decreased by 54 per cent compared to October 2019. The total amount of overnight stays was 1.66 million, which was 1 per cent less than two years ago. 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.

Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021

Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021

Overnight stays by business travellers still below the level of 2019

The recovery of tourism is illustrated by comparison with the year before the corona crisis started in 2020. For leisure trips, overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 36 per cent from October 2019. In turn, overnight stays by resident business travellers decreased by 8 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident leisure travellers were 52 per cent less than two years ago and 56 per cent less by non-resident business travellers.

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Examined by region, overnight stays decreased most compared to October 2019 in Uusimaa, by 24 per cent. Compared to October last year however, overnight stays increased in all regions with the exception of Central Ostrobothnia, where overnight stays decreased by 22 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in October by region 2021/2020,%

Change in overnight stays in October by region 2021/2020,%

Occupancy rates of hotel rooms high in several regions

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Pirkanmaa, 64.4 per cent, and in Southwest Finland , 60.7 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 45.5 per cent, 70.3 per cent in Tampere, 65.6 per cent in Turku, 65.2 per cent in Oulu and 33.3 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In October 2021, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 100.95 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 90.85. There was a total of 55,094 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 4,415 more than in October 2020.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Overnight stays increased by 13.8 per cent in January to October 2021

In January to October 2021, a total of 14.5 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 13.8 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 13.28 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.22 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 25.3 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 43.0 from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Swedes increased most in absolute numbers, by 45,700 nights. This was 49.8 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 225,400 nights. Their overnight stays were 89.8 per cent down on January to October 2020.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Germans with 188,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 137,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Estonians with 125,000 overnight stays , and fourth were U.S. tourists with 62,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (46,000 nights), sixth was Britons (41,000 nights), seventh French (41,000 nights) and eight was Italians (39,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-October 2021/2020, %

Change in overnight stays in January-October 2021/2020, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 25.11.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. October 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 30.11.2021].
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