Finland: Foreign Tourist Overnight Stays Increase by Nearly a Fifth in June 2023

According to preliminary data from Statistics Finland, in June 2023, accommodation establishments recorded a total of 2.24 million overnight stays, of which domestic tourist stays accounted for 1.78 million. The total number of overnight stays increased by 3% compared to the previous year. The number of domestic tourist stays remained at the same level as in June 2022, while foreign tourist stays increased by 17%.

Key Highlights:

  1. More than half of the foreign tourist overnight stays were recorded in Uusimaa, where their number increased by 22%.
  2. The largest source countries for foreign tourists were Germany, Sweden, and the United States.
  3. Domestic tourist stays remained close to the levels of June 2022 in all regions. The highest relative growth was observed in Ostrobothnia and South Savo, both at 6%.
  4. The hotel room occupancy rate was 56%, which is 2 percentage points higher than in June 2022.
  5. The average price of a hotel room was 118 euros, compared to 115 euros the previous year. The highest average price was in Satakunta, at 129 euros.

The increase in foreign tourist overnight stays comes as a positive sign of recovery for the tourism industry, especially after the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Finland continues to attract visitors from various countries, and Uusimaa remains a popular destination for international travelers. Additionally, domestic tourism remains steady, indicating continued interest in exploring different regions within Finland.

As the tourism sector bounces back, hotel occupancy rates and room prices have also seen improvements. This growth in the tourism sector bodes well for the overall economic recovery of the country, as tourism plays a significant role in contributing to Finland’s economy.