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Foreign tourist inflow nosedives in July

Published : 30 Aug 2020, 01:05

  DF Report

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The inflow of foreign tourists in the country decreased significantly in July due to the coronavirus situation.

According to the Statistics Finland, the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists in Finnish accommodation facilities in the month declined by 82.3 per cent year on year.

A total of 0.14 million overnight stays were recorded for non-resident tourists in July.

Recorded overnight stays by resident tourists in Finnish accommodation establishments in July also declined by 2.2 per cent year on year to 2.42 million nights.

The number of overnight stays by resident tourists in the month decreased by 41.2 per cent year on year in Greater Helsinki but increased by 4.3 per cent outside Greater Helsinki.

Finnish accommodation establishments recorded a total of 2.56 million overnight stays, which is 21.7 per cent lower than that in July 1019.

These figures are preliminary data from taken from the 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.

Overnight stays did not increase from any of the most important countries. The smallest drop was seen in overnight stays by Norwegians, down by 2,700 nights. The biggest drop was seen in overnight stays by Swedes, down by 114,500 nights. Their overnight stays were 94.2 per cent down on July 2019.

The biggest group of non-resident tourists were Norwegians with 34,400 overnight stays. The second largest group was Germans with 18,700 overnight stays. The third largest group was Estonians with 17,000 overnight stays, and the fourth were Swedes with 7,000 overnight stays.

In July 2020, the realised average price of a hotel room was EUR 96.71 per day for the whole country. Twelve months earlier, it was EUR 102.61. In July, the total number of hotel rooms available in Finland was 46,585, or 9,299 fewer than in July 2019.