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Published: 17 March 2016

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland grew by 4.1 per cent in January 2016

Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 4.1 per cent at Finnish accommodation establishments from last year and nearly 510,000 nights were recorded for them in January 2016. In contrast, the number of nights spent by resident tourists decreased by 2.0 per cent and they spent 771,000 nights at accommodation establishments. In total, Finnish accommodation establishments recorded nearly 1.3 million overnight stays in January 2016, which was nearly the same as one year before, growing by just 0.4 per cent from January 2015. 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 January 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in January 2016/2015, %

As usual, January was the most popular month for Russian visitors measured by overnight stays at accommodation establishments. They were still, by far, the largest group of foreign tourists with close on 148,000 overnight stays, even though the number still declined by 17.3 per cent from the year before. Russian visitors accounted for 29 per cent of all overnight stays by foreign visitors in January 2016. British visitors came next with 48,000 overnight stays. The number was 8.8 per cent higher than one year previously. French and German visitors came third. Nearly 35,000 overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments for each of them. Overnight stays by French visitors increased by 9.9 per cent and those by German visitors by 8.0 per cent year-on-year.

Swedish visitors had close on 25,000 overnight stays, which was 6.5 per cent more than in January 2015. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by 19.4 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 21,500 of them. A growth of around one-fifth was also attained by visitors from Italy and the United States. Accommodation establishments recorded 11,000 to 12,000 overnight stays for them. The biggest growth percentage came from China, 54.3 per cent and good 10,000 nights were recorded for them in January 2016.

Examined by region, overnight stays increased in January most in Lapland, up by 8.6 per cent. The regions of Uusimaa and Central Ostrobothnia saw a growth of six per cent. By contrast, the total number of overnight stays decreased most in Kymenlaakso, by 15.2 per cent, and in Kanta-Häme, by 13.6 per cent. In North Karelia, overnight stays contracted by 12.6 per cent. Overnight stays in both South Ostrobothnia and Ostrobothnia decreased by around 11 per cent compared with January 2015. Overnight stays in the whole country remained on level with the previous year.

Change in overnight stays in January by region 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in January by region 2016/2015, %

Overnight stays at hotels increased by 0.5 per cent

In January 2016, the total number of nights spent in hotels was 1.1 million, which was 0.5 per cent more than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 5.8 per cent and hotels recorded a total of nearly 434,000 of them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 679,000. The number was 2.6 per cent lower than in January 2015.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 45.5 per cent in January. One year earlier, it was 44.4 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 58.6 per cent, and Lapland, 51.3 per cent. Hotel room occupancy rate in Vantaa was 68.6 per cent. In Kittilä, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 69.2 per cent and in Rovaniemi to 66.6 per cent. Hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 62.4 per cent.

In January 2016, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.40 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 91.07.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 17.3.2016

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. January 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 28.11.2022].
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