Overnight stays in Finland are growing rapidly

The number of nights spent by domestic and foreign tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments has been growing since July and increased further in September.

The total number of overnight stays at Finnish accommodation establishments was 1.5 million in September 2010, an increase of 6% to the same period one year ago, according to Statistics Finland. The number of nights spent by domestic tourists was 1.1 million and by foreign tourists nearly 361,000. Both increased by 6% from one year back.

Overnight visits by tourists from almost all the major countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in September 2010. Nearly 54,000 overnight stays were recorded for Russian visitors which was 23% higher than in September 2009, making them the largest foreign tourist group. Swedish visitors came second with 44,000 nights spent, an increase of 4% from the previous year. The number of overnight stays by visitors from Estonia and Spain increased particularly strongly. Nights spent by Estonian visitors increased by 41%, while overnight stays by Spain visitors went up by 32% from the year before.

A total of 15.3 overnight stays were recorded in Finnish accommodation establishments in the period January-September 2010, showing a 2.5% increase to the same period in 2009. The number of nights spent by domestic tourists increased by 3% and foreign tourists by 1%.

All the figures are based on preliminary data from Statistics Finland which has been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, as well as cottages, youth hostels and caravan pitches with an electricity connection.

Source: Statistics Finland