Overnight stays by foreign tourists in Finland increased by 9% in January 2011

Russian tourists made up more than half of the total and increased 15% from the year before.

January was an excellent month for Finnish hotels which enjoyed significant growth in the number of customers. The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in January 2011 was 535,000, which was 9% more than in January 2010, according to Statistics Finland.

Russians were by far the largest group of foreign tourists in January with 271,000 overnight stays, up by 15% from the year before and representing almost 51% of the total for foreign visitors. Overnight stays by Spanish visitors showed the biggest growth with 31%, while Norwegians and Estonians also recorded 18% more overnight stays than in January 2010. Overnight stays by Finland’s domestic tourists totalled 775,000 in January 2011, showing growth of 6.5% from the same period one year ago.

By region, the total number of overnight stays increased most in the regions of Kymenlaakso and North Karelia, both up by 17%, followed by Päijät-Häme with 16% and South Ostrobothnia by 15% from the year before. The room occupation rate was 46.1% compared to 42.8% one year earlier. The average price for a hotel room in January 2011 was EUR 88.23 and 85.50 in January 2010.

The figures are based on Statistics Finland’s preliminary data collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, youth hostels or caravan pitches with electricity connection.

Source: Statistics Finland