Overnight stays by tourists

Last updated 19/03/2021 - 08:20

COVID-19 crisis reflected in accommodation statistics

After the somewhat easier COVID-19 situation during the summer, things took a turn for the worse in the last quarter of 2020, which was naturally reflected in travel. The number of registered overnight stays in Uusimaa plummeted by approximately 70 per cent compared to the corresponding period of 2019. International travel demand remained low and international overnight stays dropped by as much as 90 per cent.

The figures for Uusimaa were somewhat bleaker compared with the rest of the country. Overnight stays throughout Finland dropped by 53 per cent, with a drop of approximately one third in domestic overnight stays. The COVID-19 situation in Uusimaa impacted the situation negatively especially in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The COVID-19 crisis has caused severe problems for large international cities, and the same is true also in Finland. The number of overnight stays in Helsinki fell by 76 per cent and international stays by as much as 93 per cent.

Early 2021 looks like it will continue on the same trajectory as 2020. Demand remains low and the decreased domestic demand is targeted at areas outside of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.

Foreign tourists stay in Finland overnight, particularly in the summer

The number of overnight stays by travellers has grown significantly over the past ten years. In Uusimaa, the relative number of travellers from Finland has grown the most. More so than Finns, international tourists conform to seasonal patterns, staying in Uusimaa in the July–September season in particular.

Information about overnight stays is collected from accommodation businesses with a minimum of 20 beds or recreational vehicle parking spaces with electrical outlets.