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NewsPage 27.05.2021

Overnight stays still far from the level of 2019 in April 2021

Overnight stays by foreign visitors decreased by 85 percent in April 2021, compared to pre-covid figures in April two years ago. All together 52,000 overnight stays were recorded for foreign visitors in April. The exceptionally large collapse in demand of the accommodation experienced in April last year is now reflected in high growth rates if comparing the numbers to that particular year.

Domestic overnights were also still at a 41 percent lower level than in April 2019, with 726 000 overnights recorded for them. Overnight stays by resident visitors decreased outside Greater Helsinki by 35 percent but in Greater Helsinki they decreased by 64 percent compared to year 2019. 

Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 0,78 million overnight stays, which was 51 percent 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.

Changes in overnight stays (%) by month and trip purpose, 2021/2019

Overnight stays by foreign visitors still at a clearly lower level than in April 2019

The recovery of tourism is illustrated by comparison with the year before the corona crisis started in 2020. Overnight stays by foreign leisure travellers were 92 percent less than two years ago and 77 percent less by foreign business travellers. For leisure trips, overnight stays by resident visitors were roughly 39 percent lower than in April 2019. Overnight stays by resident business travellers were roughly 44 percent less. Examined by region, overnight stays decreased compared to April 2019 most in relative terms in Uusimaa, by 81 percent and least in Kainuu, 19 percent. In Lapland overnight stays decreased 38 percent.

Number of nights spent by foreign visitors decreased by 87 percent from previous year in January-April 2021

In January-April 2021, a total of 3.2 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 32 percent less than in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 3.0 million overnight stays were recorded for resident visitors and 0.2 million for foreign visitors. The number of nights spent by resident visitors declined by 3 percent and nights spent by foreign visitors declined by 87 from the previous year.

Overnight stays declined from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Norwegians. Overnight stays by them declined by 18 800 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Russians, down by 234,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 97 percent down on January to April 2020.

The biggest group of foreign visitors were Estonians with 31,000 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 29,000 overnight stays. The third largest group was Swedes with 15,000 overnight stays , and fourth were U.S. visitors with 9,000 overnight stays. The fifth largest group was Dutch visitors (9,000 nights), sixth was French (8,000 nights), seventh Britons (7,000 nights) and eight was Russians (7,000 nights).

Change in overnight stays in January-April 2021/2020, %

Clearly more hotel rooms available in April 2021

The total number of nights spent in hotels was 0.55 million. A total of 42,000 overnight stays were recorded for foreign tourists. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 0.51 million. Among the regions, the highest occupancy rates of hotel rooms were measured in Kainuu, 45.5 percent, and in South Savo, 35.3 percent. In Helsinki, the hotel room occupancy rate was 16.5 percent, 24.9 percent in Tampere, 21.5 percent in Turku, 32.2 percent in Oulu and 19.2 percent in Rovaniemi.

In April 2021, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 89.83 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 86.49. There was a total of 47,010 hotel rooms available in Finland, which was 20,833 more than in April 2020.

Hotel room occupancy rate and the monthly average price



Source: Accommodation Statistics, Statistics Finland

More information: Statistics Service Rudolf, Visit Finland