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Latest publication: Accommodation statistics 2021, October

Published: 30 September 2021

Overnight stays below the level of 2019 in August 2021

Overnight stays by resident tourists exceeded the level of August 2019 preceding the corona crisis by 10 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists decreased by 66 per cent compared to August 2019. The total amount of overnight stays was 2.06 million, which was 15 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.

Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021

Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021

Overnight stays by business travellers still below the level of 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 increased by 18 per cent from August 2019. In turn, overnight stays by resident business travellers decreased by 9 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident leisure travellers were 67 per cent less than two years ago and 64 per cent less by non-resident business travellers.

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

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

Examined by region, overnight stays decreased most compared to August 2019 in Uusimaa, by 42 per cent. Compared to August last year however, overnight stays increased in all regions with the exception of Satakunta, where overnight stays decreased by 1.6 per cent.

Change in overnight stays in August by region 2021/2020,%

Change in overnight stays in August by region 2021/2020,%

Occupancy rates of hotel rooms high in several regions

Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Åland, 68.2 per cent, and in North Karelia, 65.7 per cent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 43.1 per cent, 60.2 per cent in Tampere, 67.3 per cent in Turku, 65.4 per cent in Oulu and 38.1 per cent in Rovaniemi.

In August 2021, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 99.33 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 95.93. There was a total of 55,034 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 3,795 more than in August 2020.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price

Overnight stays increased by 8.0 per cent in January to August 2021

In January to August 2021, a total of 11.21 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 8.0 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 10.4 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 0.81 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 23.6 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 58.7 from the previous year.

Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Swedes increased most in absolute numbers, by 11,700 nights. This was 15.0 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 230,100 nights. Their overnight stays were 92.9 per cent down on January to August 2020.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Germans with 133,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 90,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Estonians with 87,000 overnight stays , and fourth were U.S. tourists with 43,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (31,000 nights), sixth was French (28,000 nights), seventh Italians (26,000 nights) and eight was Britons (25,000 nights).

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

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

Source: Accommodation Statistics. Statistics Finland

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

Head of Department in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 30.09.2021

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Accommodation statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-6325. August 2021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 28.11.2021].
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