Nights spent by foreign tourists in Finland increased by 12.2 per cent in October 2019, 0.43 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident visitors.
Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 5.6 per cent from last year and 1.24 million nights were recorded for them in October 2019. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 12.2 per cent and 0.43 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.67 million overnight stays, which was 7.2 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 October 2019/2018, %
Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by French increased most in absolute numbers, by 4,000 nights. This was 46.1 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by U.S. tourists, down by 1,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 5.5 per cent down on October 2018.
The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 46,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 37,300 overnight stays. The third largest group was Germans with 34,800 overnight stays, and fourth were Mainland Chinese with 23,200 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Britons (22,300 nights), sixth was Estonians (20,500 nights), seventh U.S. tourists (19,600 nights) and eight Japanese (18,100 nights).
Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in Southwest Finland, by 21.4 per cent, and second most in South Karelia, by 13.3 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Central Ostrobothnia, by 16.1 per cent and second most in Åland, by 14.2 per cent.
Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 259,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 35,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 13.5 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 2.6 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 60 per cent and that of Lapland 8 per cent.
In January to October 2019, a total of 19.75 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 4.0 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 13.95 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 5.8 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 4.3 per cent and the number of nights spent by non-resident tourists increased by 3.3 per cent from the previous year.
Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Mainland Chinese increased most in absolute numbers, by 42,600 nights. This was 15.2 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians ,down by 7,600 nights. Their overnight stays were 1.1 per cent down on January to October 2018.
The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 682,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 580,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 502,000 overnight stays , and fourth were Britons with 349,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Mainland Chinese (322,000 nights), sixth was French (280,000 nights), seventh U.S. tourists (269,000 nights) and eight was Dutch (229,000 nights).