Overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments up by 4% in August

Biggest growth recorded in the number of overnight stays by Estonian, Russian and Swedish tourists.

The total number of overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments rose to nearly 2.1 million in August 2010, which was up 4% compared to the same period one year ago, according to preliminary data from Statistics Finland. The number of nights spent by domestic tourists was just under 1.5 million, up by 5% from the previous year. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 2% to reach a total of almost 622,000.

Russians were the largest group of foreign tourists in Finland in August, with about 108,000 overnight stays. This was 11% higher than in August 2009. Germans came next with 83,000 nights spent, showing an increase of 2% from the previous year. Swedish visitors were the third largest group with 74,000 overnight stays, which was 7% higher than one year earlier. Among the most important countries of inbound tourism into Finland, overnight stays of visitors from Estonia increased the most at 24%, recording a total of 21,000.

Finland’s hotel occupancy rate was 57.1% in August, compared to 53.8% one year earlier. In Helsinki the occupancy rate was as high as 80.1% and in Maarianhamina 75.3%. The average price of a hotel room in August was EUR 81.82, compared to EUR 82.89 one year ago.

In the period January-August 2010, there were 13.8 million overnight stays in Finnish accommodation establishments. The number of overnight stays by domestic tourists increased by 3%, while the number of stays by foreign visitors remained at the same level.

These figures are based on preliminary data from Statistics Finland's statistics on accommodation establishments and have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, youth hostels and caravan pitches with an electricity connection.

Source: Statistics Finland