There was a marked increase in the number of overnight visits by foreigners in Finland in June, compared to the same month a year ago, according to new statistics released on Thursday.
Statistics Finland reported a total of 2.24 million overnight stays in June, 1.78 million of which were by domestic tourists, reflecting an overall year-on-year increase of three percent.
While the number of overnight stays by resident tourists last month was about the same as in 2022, overnights by non-resident tourists increased by 17 percent year-on-year, the number-crunching agency said.
More than half of June’s overnight stays took place in the southern region of Uusimaa, which includes Helsinki, where the number grew by 22 percent.
Most commonly, visitors from abroad were from Germany, Sweden and the US, Statistics Finland reported.
Last month Yle reported that foreign tourism in Finland had increased but not at the same pace as elsewhere in Europe.
There was no major year-on-year change in the number of domestic tourist overnight stays in most regions for the month of June. The biggest increases (6%) were recorded in the regions of Ostrobothnia and South Savo.
Hotels reported an occupancy rate of 56 percent in June, which reflected a two percentage point increase compared to the same month in 2022.
Meanwhile, Finland’s average hotel room price in June stood at 118 euros per night, when that figure was 115 euros the previous year.
Prices were highest in the southwestern Satakunta region, which includes the city of Pori. There hotel stays cost an average of 129 euros per night.
Source : YLE News