Overnight stays by tourists

Last updated 25/09/2019 - 14:26

Number of overnight stays in Uusimaa reached yet another second-quarter record

The number of registered overnight stays increased in Uusimaa by 7 per cent in the second quarter, April–June, compared to the same period in the previous year. The growth in the second quarter was faster than in the first one with its four-per cent increase in the number of overnight stays.

Domestic travel in particular contributed to the increased number of overnight stays in the first half of 2019. The number of domestic overnight stays was 10 per cent higher than in the first half of 2018. Also foreign overnight stays returned to the growth track in the second quarter after the minor fall in the first quarter. The share of foreign overnight stays was 46 per cent in Uusimaa. The corresponding share was 54 per cent in Helsinki. On the national level, the number of domestic overnight stays exceeded that of foreign overnight stays and amounted to as much as 74 per cent.

Helsinki’s share of all overnight stays in Uusimaa was 63 per cent in the second quarter. In foreign overnight stays, this share was as high as 75 per cent, and clearly lower in domestic overnight stays, 54 per cent. In any case, the development of overnight stays in Helsinki is strongly reflected in the figures for Uusimaa.

The increase in the number of overnight stays was the highest in Vantaa; no less than 12 per cent. This is based on the extremely strong growth of domestic overnight stays. The number of domestic overnight stays in Vantaa was no less than 19 per cent higher in the second quarter than in the same period previous year. The number of foreign overnight stays remained at the same level. The arrivals of foreign travellers to accommodation businesses in Vantaa, however, increased clearly by 14 per cent, which indicates that the stays were shorter. On average, foreign travellers stayed in Vantaa for approximately 1.3 nights in April–June, which is one tenth less than in the previous year. The average duration of overnight stays in Uusimaa was clearly higher; 1.8 nights for foreigners and 1.6 nights for domestic travellers.

Information about overnight stays is collected from accommodation businesses with a minimum of 20 beds or recreational vehicle parking spaces with electrical outlets. Other forms of accommodation, such as Airbnb or staying with friends and acquaintances, are not included in the statistics. The actual number of overnight stays is therefore clearly higher than the figures shown above.

Foreign tourists stayed 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.