Overnight stays by foreign visitors decreased by 2.8 per cent at Finnish accommodation establishments from last year and around 360,000 nights were recorded for them in April 2019.
Overnight stays by foreign visitors decreased by 2.8 per cent at Finnish accommodation establishments from last year and around 360,000 nights were recorded for them in April 2019. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.59 million overnight stays, which was 3.1 per cent more than one year before. These figures are preliminary data from Statistics Finland’s statistics on accommodation establishments and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection.
Change in overnight stays in April 2019/2018, %
Among non-resident visitors, overnight stays from the U.S. increased most in absolute numbers. Overnight stays by visitors from the U.S. grew by 4,900 nights, which was 38 per cent more than one year earlier. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians. Overnight stays by Russians decreased by 7,600 nights, which was 16 per cent less than in April 2018.
However, the biggest group of non-resident visitors in April was Russians with 41,500 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 38,800 overnight stays. Germans with 27,800 overnight stays came third and visitors from Britain came fourth with 20,800 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was from the U.S. (17,900 nights), sixth was Norwegians (17,700 nights), seventh Estonians (15,700 nights) and eight Mainland Chinese visitors (14,100 nights).
Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in Kainuu by 16 per cent, and second most in South Savo by 11 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays decreased most in relative terms in South Karelia by 13 per cent and second most in Satakunta by 10 per cent.
Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 208,000 overnight stays by non-resident visitors and accommodation establishments in Lapland 52,000. Overnight stays by non-resident visitors increased by 3.6 per cent in Uusimaa and by 3.1 per cent in Lapland from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 58 per cent and that of Lapland 15 per cent.
In January to April 2019, a total of 6.74 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 1.3 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 4.54 million overnight stays were recorded for resident visitors and 2.20 million for non-resident visitors at accommodation establishments. The number of nights spent by resident visitors increased by 2.1 per cent and that of nights spent by non-resident visitors decreased by 0.4 per cent year-on-year.
Among non-resident visitors, overnight stays by French visitors increased most in absolute numbers. Overnight stays by French visitors grew by 20,100 nights, which was 13 per cent more than one year earlier. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians. Overnight stays by Russians decreased by 40,000 nights, which was 12 per cent less than in January to April 2018.
The biggest group of non-resident visitors in January to April 2019 was Russians with 290,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 194,000 overnight stays. Britons were third with 185,000 nights spent. The fourth largest group was French (176,000 nights), fifth was Dutch (129,000 nights), sixth Mainland Chinese (121,000 nights), seventh Swedish (121,000 bights) and eight Estonian (73,000 nights).