Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland up by 3.7% in September

Strong growth in overnight stays by Russian, British, Chinese and Japanese visitors to Finland.

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in September 2013 increased by 3.7% compared to September 2012, reaching a total of was 418,000. Overnight stays by resident tourists numbered about 1.1 million which was 2.1% lower than one year earlier, according to Statistics Finland.

Overnight stays by Russian visitors increased by 15.4% in September 2013 and they were the largest group of foreign visitors with nearly 85,000 nights spent in Finland. Swedish visitors came next with 41,000 overnight stays, followed by Germans with about 31,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays recorded for British visitors increased by 17.3% to more than 24,000.

Growing tourism from Asia

Tourism from the Asian countries continued to grow strongly. Overnight stays by Chinese tourists increased by 25.7% to more than 14,000. About 19,000 overnight stays were recorded for Japanese visitors, which was 10.7% more than one year before.

In terms of regions, the total number of overnight stays in September increased the most in the Etelä-Savo, up by 24.0%, and in South Ostrobothnia, up by 10.6%. The occupancy rate of hotel rooms was 53.4% in September, compared to 55.2% one year earlier. The highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were in the Uusimaa region with 68.7%, and in South Karelia with 58.6%. The average price of a hotel room in September was EUR 91.97 per day for the whole country. Twelve months previously, it was EUR 91.42.

Source: Statistics Finland