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Published: 16 June 2016

Nights spent by resident tourists increased by 4.0 per cent in April 2016

Overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 4.0 per cent at Finnish accommodation establishments from last year and 1.1 million nights were recorded for them in April 2016. The number of nights spent by non-resident tourists went up by 2.7 per cent and totalled 297,000 at accommodation establishments. A total of nearly 1.4 million overnight stays were recorded at Finnish accommodation establishments in April 2016, which was 3.7 per cent more than in April 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 April 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in April 2016/2015, %

Swedes were the biggest group of foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments with 35,000 overnight stays, and the number increased by 3.3 per cent from last year. Russian visitors came next. Overnight stays by Russian visitors fell again sharply in March, but the decrease was more moderate in April. Good 31,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 8.8 per cent lower than in April 2015. Germans came third with nearly 26,000 nights spent, which was, however, 2.1 per cent lower than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays recorded for British visitors decreased by 9.1 per cent year-on-year and totalled nearly 21,000.

The number of nights spent by Norwegian visitors rose to good 15,000, which was 6.9 per cent more than in April 2015. Accommodation establishments recorded 13,000 to 14,000 overnight stays for visitors from the United States and Estonia. Overnight stays by visitors from the United States increased by nearly one-fifth and those by Estonians by 5.8 per cent from a year ago. The biggest growth percentages came from China and the Netherlands, however. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased by as much as 28.3 per cent and those by Dutch tourists by 23.2 per cent year-on-year. Around 9,000 overnight stays were recorded at accommodation establishments for both of them.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Spanish and Swiss tourists decreased most in April 2016. For them, 5,000 to 6,000 overnight stays were recorded, which was 16 to 17 per cent lower than one year before.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased in April most in Satakunta, up by 22.8 per cent. Growth in Kanta-Häme amounted to 15.5 per cent. The number of overnight stays in both Etelä-Savo and Central Ostrobothnia grew by around 11 per cent. The biggest drop in overnight stays was recorded in Kymenlaakso, 19.8 per cent, and the number of overnight stays recorded in South Karelia was 10.2 per cent lower than one year earlier. In the whole country, overnight stays increased by 3.7 per cent from April 2015.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels increased by 6.1 per cent in April

In April 2016, the total number of nights spent in hotels was 1.2 million, which was 6.1 per cent higher than twelve months earlier. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 6.0 per cent and that of nights spent by foreign tourists by 6.4 per cent from one year back. Good 900,000 overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists at hotels and nearly 272,000 nights for non-resident tourists.

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the whole country was 51.4 per cent in April. One year earlier, it was 47.1 per cent. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Uusimaa, 63.9 per cent, and Varsinais-Suomi, 55.0 per cent. In Vantaa, the hotel room occupancy rate rose to 69.5 per cent and in Turku to 60.7 per cent. The hotel room occupancy rate in Helsinki was 68.2 per cent.

In April, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.09 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 90.55.

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 grew by 3.2 per cent in January to April

Between January and April 2016, the number of nights spent at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 5.8 million. This was 3.2 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. The number of nights spent by non-resident tourists increased by 6.2 per cent and that of nights spent by resident tourists by 2.0 per cent. Good 4.1 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and nearly 1.7 million overnight stays for non-resident tourists.

Except for Russia and Sweden, nights spent by visitors from all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in January to April 2016. In the first four months of the year, the drop in overnight stays by Russians was alleviated by the good February. Between January and April, the number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled 252,000, which was 15.6 per cent down on the respective time period of last year. They were, however, by far the largest group of foreign visitors in January to April, as German visitors came next with good 152,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays of Germans went up by 2.8 per cent. British visitors came third with almost 146,000 overnight stays. The number of nights recorded for them was 3.3 per cent higher than in the respective period one year earlier.

Visitors from France spent nearly 119,000 nights at accommodation establishments. Their overnight stays increased by 13.1 per cent in the first four months of the year. Night spent by visitors from Sweden at Finnish accommodation establishments numbered 115,000, which was, however, 0.9 per cent down on the same period twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by as much as 21.9 per cent and they spent nearly 78,000 nights at Finnish accommodation establishments. A total of 61,500 overnight stays were recorded for Estonians, up by 3.1 per cent from the previous year. Visitors from Norway and Japan stayed 53,000 to 57,000 nights at accommodation establishments. The overnight stays of Norwegians increased by 2.3 per cent and those of Japanese visitors by 10.2 per cent from the previous year's corresponding period.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by visitors from China and Spain increased most in January to April. Nights spent by Chinese visitors rose to good 42,000, which was 35.3 per cent more than in the same period twelve months earlier. Nearly 33,000 overnight stays were recorded for Spanish tourists at accommodation establishments. The number was nearly one-quarter higher than in January to April 2015.

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2016/2015, %

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2016/2015, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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Updated 16.6.2016

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