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Foreign tourist inflow drops by 93% in June

Published : 31 Jul 2020, 02:59

  DF Report

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Overnight stays by foreign tourists in Finland declined by 92.7 per cent in June due to the market situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak, with only 0.04 million overnight stays being recorded for non-resident tourists, according to the Statistics Finland.

Meanwhile, overnight stays by resident tourists at Finnish accommodation establishments declined by 37.7 per cent year on year, with 1.05 million nights being recorded for them in June 2020.

Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 1.09 million overnight stays, which was 52.3 per cent lower than one year before.

The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Germans, down by 79,200 nights. Their overnight stays were 95.0 per cent down on June 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Estonians, with 7,900 overnight stays. The second largest group was Norwegians with 4,200 overnight stays, followed by Germans with 4,100 overnight stays, Swedes with 2,200 overnight stays, Britons (1,500 nights), U.S tourists (1,300 nights), Dutch tourists (1,300 nights) and Russians (1,200 nights).

The overall number of overnight stays declined most in relative terms in Uusimaa, by 82.9 per cent.

In June 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 88.80 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 112.22. There were a total of 42,643 hotel rooms available in Finland, 13,033 fewer than that in June 2019.

In January to June 2020, a total of 6.08 million nights were spent in Finnish accommodation establishments. This was 42.6 per cent less than that in the corresponding period one year earlier. In all, 4.4 million overnight stays were recorded for resident tourists and 1.68 million for non-resident tourists. The number of nights spent by resident tourists declined by 39.7 per cent and non-resident tourists by 48.9 per cent year on year.

Overnight stays by tourists from all of the most important countries of inbound tourism to Finland have dropped. The biggest drop was seen in the number of overnight stays by Russians, down by 166,600 nights. Their number of overnight stays in the first six months of this year was 40.7 per cent down on January to June 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Russians with 243,000 overnight stays, followed by Germans with 159,000 overnight stays, Britons with 146,000 overnight stays, French with 144,000 overnight stays, Dutch tourists (115,000 nights), Chinese tourists (72,000 nights), Swedes (67,000 nights), and Estonians (66,000 nights).