Overnight stays by foreign visitors increased by 12.3 per cent and 0.46 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors.
Overnight stays by foreign visitors increased by 12.3 per cent and 0.46 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors. Overnight stays by resident visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 4.2 per cent from last year and 1.11 million nights were recorded for them in May 2019. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.57 million overnight stays, which was 6.4 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 May 2019/2018, %
Among non-resident visitors, overnight stays by Russian visitors increased most in absolute numbers, by 27,000 nights. This was 72 per cent higher than in the year before.
The biggest group of non-resident visitors were Russians with 64,400 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 45,800 overnight stays. The third largest group was visitors from the U.S. with 38,100 overnight stays, and fourth was German visitors with 37,700 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was British visitors (25,600 nights), sixth was Mainland Chinese visitors (24,400 nights), seventh Estonian visitors (20,400 nights) and eight French visitors (15,000 nights).
Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in Lapland, by 37per cent, and second most Kymenlaakso by 18 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays decreased most in relative terms Satakunta, by five per cent, and second most in Åland, by four per cent.
Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 273,000 overnight stays by non-resident visitors and accommodation establishments in Lapland 33,000. Overnight stays by non-resident visitors increased by seven per cent in Uusimaa and by 95 per cent in Lapland from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 59 per cent and that of Lapland 7 per cent.
In January to May 2019, a total of 8.29 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 1.9 per cent higher than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 5.63 million overnight stays were recorded for resident visitors and 2.66 million for non-resident visitors. The number of nights spent by resident visitors increased by 2.2 per cent and the number of nights spent by non-resident visitors by 1.4 per cent from the previous year.
Among non-resident visitors, overnight stays by visitors from the U.S. increased most in absolute numbers, by 24,800 nights. This was 29 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 14,400 nights. Their overnight stays were four per cent down on January to May 2018.
The biggest group of non-resident visitors were Russians with 353,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 232,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Britons with 210,000 overnight stays, and fourth were French tourists with 190,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Swedes (166,000 nights), sixth was Mainland Chinese (145,000 nights), seventh was Dutch tourists (141,000 nights) and eight visitors from the U.S. (111,000 nights).