Overnight stays by foreign visitors decreased by 66 percent. The total amount of overnight stays was 2.06 million, which was 15 per cent less than two years ago.
Overnight stays by resident tourists exceeded the level of August 2019 preceding the corona crisis by 10 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident tourists decreased by 66 per cent compared to August 2019. The total amount of overnight stays was 2.06 million, which was 15 per cent less than two years ago. 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.
Monthly overnight stays at accommodation establishments, 2019–2021
The recovery of tourism is illustrated by comparison with the year before the corona crisis started in 2020. For leisure trips, overnight stays by resident tourists increased by 18 per cent from August 2019. In turn, overnight stays by resident business travellers decreased by 9 per cent. Overnight stays by non-resident leisure travellers were 67 per cent less than two years ago and 64 per cent less by non-resident business travellers.
Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019
Examined by region, overnight stays decreased most compared to August 2019 in Uusimaa, by 42 per cent. Compared to August last year however, overnight stays increased in all regions with the exception of Satakunta, where overnight stays decreased by 2 per cent.
Change in overnight stays in August by region 2021/2020,%
In January to August 2021, a total of 11.21 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 8 per cent more than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 10.4 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 0.81 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists increased by 24 per cent and nights spent by non-resident tourists declined by 59 from the previous year.
Among the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland, overnight stays by Swedes increased most in absolute numbers, by 11,700 nights. This was 15 per cent higher than in the year before. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 230,100 nights. Their overnight stays were 93 per cent down on January to August 2020.
The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Germans with 133,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Swedes with 90,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Estonians with 87,000 overnight stays , and fourth were U.S. tourists with 43,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch tourists (31,000 nights), sixth was French (28,000 nights), seventh Italians (26,000 nights) and eight was Britons (25,000 nights).
Change in overnight stays in January-August 2021/2020, %