Published: 30 July 2020

Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland declined by 93 per cent in June 2020

Due to the market situation caused by the coronavirus, overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 37.7 per cent from last year and 1.05 million nights were recorded for them in June 2020. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 92.7 per cent and 0.04 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.09 million overnight stays, which was 52.3 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 June 2020/2019, %

Change in overnight stays in June 2020/2019, %

Overnight stays by Germans decreased most in June 2020

The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Germans , down by 79,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 95.0 per cent down on June 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 7,900 overnight stays. The second largest group was Norwegians with 4,200 overnight stays. The third largest group was Germans with 4,100 overnight stays, and fourth were Swedes with 2,200 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Britons (1,500 nights), sixth was U.S. tourists (1,300 nights), seventh Dutch tourists (1,300 nights) and eight Russians (1,200 nights).

In Uusimaa, overnight stays by non-resident tourists decreased by 96 per cent in June 2020

The overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Uusimaa, by 82.9 per cent and second most in Central Finland, by 58.7 per cent.

Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 14,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 4,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 95.8 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists declined by 94.2 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 32 per cent and that of Lapland 8 per cent.

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

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

Overnight stays in hotels decreased by 64 per cent in June 2020

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.61 million, which was 63.6 per cent less than twelve months earlier. Overnight stays by foreign tourists declined by 93.7 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 31,000 overnight stays for them. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.58 million. The number was 51.0 per cent lower than in June 2019.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in North Karelia, 47.2 per cent, and in Kymenlaakso, 43.8 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 21.4 per cent, 49.9 per cent in Tampere, 46.6 per cent in Turku, 45.9 per cent in Oulu and 22.4 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In June 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 88.80 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 112.22. There was a total of 42,643 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 13,033 fewer than in June 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 43 per cent in January to June 2020

In January to June 2020, a total of 6.08 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 42.6 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 4.4 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.68 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 39.7 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 48.9 from the previous year.

Overnight stays declined from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 166,600 nights. Their overnight stays were 40.7 per cent down on January to June 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 243,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 159,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 146,000 overnight stays , and fourth were French with 144,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (115,000 nights), sixth was Chinese tourists (72,000 nights), seventh Swedes (67,000 nights) and eight was Estonians (66,000 nights).

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 30.07.2020

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
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