Overnight stays by domestic tourists in Finland’s accommodation establishments reached almost 2.4 million in July 2010, which is a new all-time record and represents a 7% increase from the same period one year ago. The previous record for domestic tourists dates from July 2007. Overnight stays by foreign tourists also increased by 6% in July from the year before to almost 680,000.
In July the number of overnight stays by Norwegian tourists increased by 14.3%, followed by Swedish tourists (12.8%), Russian tourists (12.4%) and German tourists (5%).
For the period May-July 2010, overnight stays increased by 1.5%, with foreign tourists accounting for a 2.4% increase and domestic tourists for 1.2% increase compared to the year before. Russian tourists contributed the largest number of overnight stays with 222,400, representing an increase of 2.1% on the same period one year ago.
For the period January - July 2010, overnight stays in Finland increased by 1.5% compared to the same period a year ago. The growth came from domestic tourism (+2.0%), while the number of overnight stays by international tourists remained almost the same. The number of overnight stays by Swedish tourists increased by 7% during this period.
These figures are based on preliminary data from Statistics Finland, collected from accommodation establishments with at least 10 rooms, cottages, youth hostels or caravan pitches with an electricity connection.
Source: Statistics Finland