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Published: 24 October 2013

Nights spent by resident tourists decreased by 2.1 per cent in August 2013

The number of recorded nights spent by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in August 2013 was nearly 1.5 million, which was 2.1 per cent lower than in August 2012. Overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered close on 701,000. The number was almost the same as one year earlier, as the figure only contracted by 0.3 per cent compared to August 2012. The total number of overnight stays decreased by 1.5 per cent from last year and altogether nearly 2.2 million overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments in August 2013. 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, and youth hostels.

Change in overnight stays in August 2013/2012, %

Change in overnight stays in August 2013/2012, %

Nights spent at Finnish accommodation establishments by Russian visitors increased by 13.2 per cent in August 2013 and they were the largest group of foreign visitors with 180,000 overnight stays. Swedish and German visitors made up the next biggest groups. More than 70,000 overnight stays were recorded for both groups at accommodation establishments, even though the stays by both groups decreased compared to August 2012. Overnight stays by German tourists decreased by 4.4 per cent and those by Swedes by 1.4 per cent. By contrast, overnight stays recorded for British visitors increased by 11.0 per cent and totalled nearly 31,000. Tourism from Asian countries continued to grow heavily. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased most, by 43.2 per cent and they spent 20,000 nights at Finnish accommodation establishments. Close on 28,000 overnight stays were recorded for Japanese visitors, which was one-quarter more than one year before. Nights spent in Finland by visitors from all other most important inbound tourism countries decreased in August 2013. The number of nights stayed over by Dutch and Italian visitors both fell by nearly18 per cent from last year. Overnight stays by visitors from the United States and Estonia also decreased heavily, by 13 to 15 per cent from 2012.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased most in South Karelia, up by 16.5 per cent in August. The regions of Kymenlaakso, North Karelia and Åland all recorded six per cent more overnight stays compared to August 2012. By contrast, overnight stays decreased by 16.8 per cent in Central Finland and by 11.1 per cent in Kanta-Häme. In all other regions, the changes in overnight stays were five per cent or lower. The number of overnight stays in the whole country recorded at accommodation establishments in August fell by 1.5 per cent from one year earlier.

Change in overnight stays in August by region 2013 / 2012, %

Change in overnight stays in August by region 2013 / 2012, %

Nights spent in hotels decreased by 2.4 per cent in August 2013

In August 2013, the total number of nights spent in hotels was nearly 1.6 million, which was 2.4 per cent fewer than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays recorded for resident tourists at accommodation establishments numbered good one million, which also was 2.4 per cent less than in August 2012. Overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by 2.5 per cent and hotels recorded close on 524,000 of them.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 56.2 per cent in August. One year earlier, it was 57.9 per cent. Examined by region, the highest hotel room occupancy rates were recorded in South Karelia, 72.2 per cent, and Uusimaa, 72.0 per cent. In Lappeenranta, the hotel room occupancy rate was 81.4 per cent and in Helsinki 80.2 per cent.

In August 2013, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 88.04 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 89.80.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent at all accommodation establishments fell by 0.5 per cent in January to August 2013

Between January and August 2013, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled good 14.6 million, which was 0.5 per cent down on the respective time period of last year. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased by 0.8 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded a total of 10.4 million of them. Overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered 4.2 million, which was almost the same as in January to August 2012.

Nearly 1.2 million nights spent at Finnish accommodation establishments were recorded for Russians, and they were by far the largest group of foreign visitors in January to August 2013. Overnight stays of Russian visitors increased by 7.6 per cent from the respective time period of last year. The second largest group was Swedish visitors. A total of nearly 410,000 overnight stays were recorded for them, which was almost the same as in January to August 2012. German visitors made up the third largest group with good 396,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays by German visitors have also decreased and 6.2 per cent fewer overnight stays were recorded for them at accommodation establishments than in January to August 2012. By contrast, overnight stays by British tourists have increased heavily throughout the current year and in January to August, 12.1 per cent more stays were recorded for them than in the corresponding period in 2012. The number of overnight stays by British visitors rose to 260,000. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by visitors from China and Japan increased most. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased by 28.0 per cent and those by Japanese tourists by 21.5 per cent. By contrast, overnight stays by Estonian tourists continued to decrease heavily and 127,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at accommodation establishments in January to August 2013, which was 23.1 per cent less than in the corresponding time period last year.

Change in overnight stays in January-August 2013/2012, %

Change in overnight stays in January-August 2013/2012, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 24.10.2013

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