Published: 24 September 2020

Nights spent by resident tourists in Finland decreased by 7 per cent in August 2020

Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 6.9 per cent from last year and 1.51 million nights were recorded for them in August 2020. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased outside Greater Helsinki by only 0.6 per cent but in Greater Helsinki they declined by 36.9 per cent. Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 81.6 per cent and 0.14 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.66 million overnight stays, which was 31.3 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 August 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in August 2020/2019, %

Germans were the biggest group of non-resident tourists in August 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 2,100 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 97,400 nights. Their overnight stays were 97.5 per cent down on August 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Germans with 33,500 overnight stays. The second largest group was Estonians with 22,100 overnight stays. The third largest group was Norwegians with 9,500 overnight stays, and fourth were Swedes with 6,000 overnight stays.

In Uusimaa, overnight stays by decreased by 60 per cent in August 2020

Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in North Ostrobothnia, by 8.3 per cent, and second most in Satakunta, by 1.5 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Åland, by 66.7 per cent and second most in Uusimaa, by 60.4 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 63,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 13,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 84.6 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 44 per cent and that of Lapland 9 per cent.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 37 per cent in August 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 1.13 million, which was 37.3 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 84.5 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 94,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 1.04 million. The number was 13.2 per cent lower than in August 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kymenlaakso, 60.4 per cent, and in Southwest Finland, 56.5 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 35.0 per cent, 50.0 per cent in Tampere, 60.4 per cent in Turku, 62.4 per cent in Oulu and 35.4 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In August 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 96.18 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 106.73. There was a total of 50,761 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 4,978 fewer than in August 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 August 2020

In January to August 2020, a total of 10.36 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 36.3 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 8.39 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.97 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 26.4 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 59.5 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 56 500 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 351,000 nights. Their overnight stays were 58.7 per cent down on January to August 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 247,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 212,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 155,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 149,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (124,000 nights), sixth was Estonians (107,000 nights), seventh Swedes (80,000 nights) and eight was Chinese tourists (74,000 nights).

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 24.09.2020

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