November 16, 2017
Nights spent by foreign visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments continued growing, by 11.3 per cent from last year and good 471,000 nights were recorded for them in September 2017.
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 September 2017/2016, %
Strong growth in overnight stays continued in September for visitors from China, the United States and Great Britain
Nearly 30,000 overnight stays were recorded for Chinese visitors at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 25.3 per cent more than in September 2016. The number of recorded nights spent by them was highest in Uusimaa, around 24,000. Overnight stays by visitors from the USA increased by one-fifth and accommodation establishments recorded good 27,000 nights spent for them in September 2017. Overnight stays by tourists from the USA also took place mainly in Uusimaa, where 21,500 overnight stays were recorded for them. Overnight stays by British tourists increased by 22.7 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded good 25,000 of them. The share of Uusimaa in all nights spent by British visitors was over 70 per cent. The share of Uusimaa in all nights spent by foreign visitors in September rose close to 58 per cent.
Sweden, Russia and Germany the biggest countries of inbound tourism in September
The top three continued strong in September; only the order changed. Swedish tourists were the largest group of foreign visitors with close on 50,000 nights spent. Their overnight stays increased by 5.5 per cent from the year before. Russians came second and 43,000 overnight stays were recorded for them at Finnish accommodation establishments, which was 9.0 per cent more than one year before. Germans came third with close on 41,000 overnight stays. Overnight stays by German visitors grew most in September, by as much as 26.9 per cent. Chinese visitors were fourth and Japanese tourists fifth, for whom over 28,000 overnight stays were recorded. The number was 8.2 per cent higher than one year previously.
Nights spent by visitors from almost all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in September. In addition to those already mentioned above, the number of nights spent by Spanish tourists increased by 18.3 per cent and nights spent by French visitors by 15.5 per cent from September 2016. Only overnight stays by Norwegian visitors declined by 2.7 per cent in September 2017 and those by Estonian tourists remained on the same level as in September 2016.
The overnight stays of non-resident visitors increased by 14.8 per cent in January to September 2017
In January to September 2017, the number of nights spent by foreign visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled five million, which was 14.8 per cent more than the year before.
The number of nights spent by Russian visitors at accommodation establishments in Finland totalled nearly 631,000 in January to September 2017, which was 16.8 per cent up on the respective period of 2016. They were the biggest country of inbound tourism to Finland. Germans came second with 520,000 overnight stays. The figure went up by 14.7 per cent from January to September 2016. Swedes were in third position with 495,000 overnight stays. Their overnight stays increased by 7.4 per cent. British visitors came next with close on 340,000 overnight stays. The increase from the corresponding period last year was 23.9 per cent. Overnight stays by Dutch and Spanish visitors also grew strongly in January to September. Overnight stays by Dutch tourists increased by 29.0 per cent and accommodation establishments recorded 187,000 of them. Overnight stays recorded for Spanish visitors numbered 108,000, which was 17.5 per cent more than in January to September 2016.
Nights spent at Finnish accommodation establishments by visitors from all the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland increased in January to September 2017. Of these, overnight stays by Chinese visitors grew most and rose to 249,000 nights, which was 36.9 per cent more than in the corresponding period in 2016. In addition to Chinese visitors, over 200,000 overnight stays were recorded for tourists from France and the USA, which was 14 to 16 per cent more that in January to September 2016.
Change in overnight stays in January-September 2017/2016, %
Source: Statistics Finland, Accommodation Statistics.
More statistics: Visit Finland, Statistics Service Rudolf.