Overnight stays by foreign visitors increased by 5.3 per cent and 0.71 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists.
Overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments increased by 10.4 per cent from last year and 0.95 million nights were recorded for them in January 2020. Overnight stays by foreign tourists increased by 5.3 per cent and 0.71 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists. Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.66 million overnight stays, which was 8.2 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 January 2020/2019, %
Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Russians increased most in absolute numbers, by 18,600 nights. This was 12.8 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Britons, down by 3,800 nights. Their overnight stays were 5.8 per cent down on January 2019.
The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 164,700 overnight stays. The second largest group was Britons with 61,300 overnight stays. The third largest group was Mainland Chinese tourists with 53,200 overnight stays, and fourth were French with 53,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Germans (46,200 nights), sixth was Dutch tourists (44,200 nights), seventh Swedes (24,900 nights) and eight U.S. tourists (18,800 nights).
Examined by region, overnight stays increased most in relative terms in South Ostrobothnia, by 25.3 per cent, and second most in Pirkanmaa, by 14.3 per cent. By contrast, the overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Päijät-Häme, by 10.2 per cent and second most in Kymenlaakso, by 6.1 per cent.
Accommodation establishments in Uusimaa recorded 219,000 overnight stays by non-resident tourists and accommodation establishments in Lapland 295,000. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 5.1 per cent in Uusimaa. In Lapland, overnight stays by non-resident tourists increased by 10.3 per cent from one year ago. The share of Uusimaa in all overnight stays by foreign visitors was 31 per cent and that of Lapland 41 per cent.