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Sun, 01 Jun, 2014 03:17:41 AM
FTimes Report, June 1
 
Source Statistics Finland
Foreign demand for accommodation services grew by one per cent in the year of 2013 with a record limit of over 20 million overnight stays during the period. 
 
The domestic demand, however, decreased by one per cent.
 
In 2013, accommodation establishments in Finland recorded a total of 20.2 million overnight stays, of which domestic tourists accounted for 14.4 million and foreign tourists for nearly 5.9 million. 
 
These figures are from Statistics Finland’s data on accommodation establishments, and they have been collected from accommodation establishments with at least 20 beds or caravan pitches with electricity connection, and youth hostels.
 
As usual, Russians were the largest group of foreign tourists in Finnish accommodation establishments in 2013. Altogether, 1.6 million overnight stays were recorded for Russians, which was 7.5 per cent more than in the year before.
 
Russian visitors accounted for nearly 28 per cent of all overnight stays by foreign visitors. Swedish, German and British visitors came next. 
 
Viewed by continent, the biggest growth came from Asian countries, 17.3 per cent with China and Japan acting as the growth engines. Overnight stays by visitors from EU countries and Nordic countries declined slightly in 2013. 
 
In 2013, the total number of nights spent in hotels totalled 16 million, which was 1.7 per cent lower than in 2012. Recorded nights spent by resident tourists in hotels numbered 11.2 million. The number was 2.1 per cent lower than in the year before. 
 
Overnight stays by foreign tourists decreased by 0.8 per cent and hotels recorded a total of 4.8 million of them. Overnight stays at hotels covered 79 per cent of all overnight stays at accommodation establishments.
 
The share of foreign tourists of overnight stays in hotels was 30 per cent and 29 per cent of all overnight stays at accommodation establishments.
 
The occupancy rate of hotel rooms for the whole country was 51.3 per cent in 2013. One year earlier, it was 52.6 per cent. The average price of a hotel room has grown from 2011 when the average price was EUR 88 to EUR 91 in 2013.
 
In 2013, the largest growth percentage for overnight stays was recorded in the region of Etelä-Savo. 
 
During 2003 to 2012, the growth of overnight stays by foreigners was faster in Finland than the European average. In 2003 to 2012, overnight stays by foreigners increased on average by 3.3 per cent per year in Finland and on average by 2.6 per cent in Europe. 
 
In 2013, the overnight stays by resident tourists made a downturn in Finland and declined by 0.9 per cent. Central Europe, the Nordic countries and Baltic countries still managed to reach an average growth of 0.9 per cent, even though this was clearly slower than in previous years. 
 
 
 
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