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Published: 27 May 2021

Overnight stays still far from the level of 2019 in April 2021

The exceptionally large collapse in demand of the accommodation experienced in April last year is now reflected in high growth rates. However, compared to the year 2019 the level of overnight stays are still at a 41 pro cent lower level. Overnight stays by resident tourists decreased outside Greater Helsinki by 35 per cent but in Greater Helsinki they decreased by 64 per cent compared to year 2019. Overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by 85 per cent and 52,000 overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 0.78 million overnight stays, which was 51 per cent less than two years ago. 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.

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Overnight stays by resident tourists still at a clearly lower level than in April 2019

The recovery of tourism is illustrated by comparison with the year before the corona crisis started in 2020. For leisure trips, overnight stays by resident tourists were roughly 39 per cent lower than in April 2019. Overnight stays by resident business travellers were roughly 44 per cent less. Overnight stays by non-resident leisure travellers were 92 per cent less than two years ago and 77 per cent less by non-resident business travellers. Examined by region, overnight stays decreased compared to April 2019 most in relative terms in Uusimaa, by 81 per cent and least in Kainuu, 19 per cent. In Lapland overnight stays decreased 38 per cent.

Clearly more hotel rooms available in April 2021

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.55 million. A total of 42,000 overnight stays were recorded for foreign tourists. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.51 million.

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kainuu, 45.5 per cent, and in South Savo, 35.3 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 16.5 per cent, 24.9 per cent in Tampere, 21.5 per cent in Turku, 32.2 per cent in Oulu and 19.2 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In April 2021, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 89.83 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 86.49. There was a total of 47,010 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 20,833 more than in April 2020.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Total number of nights spent by tourists decreased by 31 per cent in January to April 2021

Sub-heading revised on 8 June 2021. Was previously: Total number of nights spent by resident tourists decreased by 31 per cent in January to April 2021.

In January to April 2021, a total of 3.23 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 32 per cent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 3.02 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 0.21 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 3 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 87 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 Norwegians. Overnight stays by them declined by 18 800 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 234,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 97 per cent down on January to April 2020.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians with 31,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 29,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 15,000 overnight stays , and fourth were U.S. tourists with 9,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (9,000 nights), sixth was French (8,000 nights), seventh Britons (7,000 nights) and eight was Russians (7,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2021/2020, %

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2021/2020, %

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Jussi-Pekka Rantanen 029 551 3547, Ossi Nurmi 029 551 2984, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

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Updated 25.03.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. April 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 2.10.2022].
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