Overnight stays by foreign tourists in Finland up by 2.9% in June 2014

Number of nights spent by Japanese, American and Spanish tourists increased significantly.

The number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments in June 2014 reached almost 559,000, which was 2.9% more than one year earlier, according to Statistics Finland. Nearly 101,000 overnight stays were recorded for Russian tourists, followed by German tourists with nearly 70,000, and Swedish tourists with about 61,000 nights spent.

Among the major countries of inbound tourism to Finland, the number of nights spent by Japanese tourists increased the most, growing by 26.7% to almost 17,000. The number of overnight stays by both American and Spanish tourists increased by 18%, reaching almost 33,000 and 10,000, respectively. For the first six months of this year, the total overnight stays by foreign tourists numbered 2.7 million, which was 0.7% fewer than in January to June 2013.

Improved occupancy rate

The occupancy rate of hotel rooms in Finland was 56.6% in June, compared to 55.8% one year earlier. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates were recorded in Uusimaa (72.6%) and South Karelia (65.0%). The hotel room occupancy rate in both Helsinki and the city of Lappeenranta was 78.0%.

In June 2014, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 92.68 per day for the whole country, compared EUR 90.50 one year ago. In terms of Finnish regions, the total number of overnight stays increased the most in Kymenlaakso, up by 4.1%, and in Kanta-Häme with 3.3% growth.

Source: Statistics Finland