FINNISH TOURISM YEAR 2016 – KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
In 2016, accommodation establishments in Finland recorded 20.3 million overnight stays, of which domestic tourists accounted for 14.6 million and foreign tourists for almost 5.8 million. The foreign demand for accommodation services grew by 4.7 per cent, and the domestic demand by 2.4 per cent compared with the previous year. The largest markets for overnight stays were the neighboring countries of Russia and Sweden, followed by Germany and the United Kingdom. Overnight stays by visitors from China and Hong Kong increased most in 2016. They spent 271,400 nights in Finland, which was 29 per cent more than in 2015.
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FOREIGN OVERNIGHTS IN 2016 BY COUNTRY, ACCORDING TO ACCOMMODATION STATISTICS
United Kingdom 500,738
China and Hong Kong 271,405
The structure of tourism from all main markets each has their own characteristics related to travel season, area and preferred activities.
Helsinki metropolitan area (42 % of overnights) and Finnish Lapland (23 % of overnights) are the most popular areas for tourists, followed by the archipelago (19% of overnights). Lakeland area has become increasingly attractive over the years (16 % of overnights).
Source: Statistics Service Rudolf, Statistics Finland
7.7 million foreign visitors in 2016
According to Visit Finland Visitor Survey, Finland received 7.7 million foreign visitors in 2016. They brought €2.5 billion to Finland.
Source: Visit Finland Visitor Survey 2016
TOURISM’S SIGNIFICANCE TO FINLAND’S NATIONAL ECONOMY
In 2015, a total of €13.8 billion was spent on tourism in Finland. This includes the consumption expenditure of Finnish and foreign tourists. Foreign travellers accounted for 27 % (€3.66 bn) of total tourism consumption.
Tourism’s share of GDP
In 2016, the value added generated by tourism amounted to €3.9 billion. Tourism’s contribution to the GDP is 2.5 %.
Employment impact of tourism
Total employment in the tourism sector was 140,000 people in 2015.
Finnish residents’ most popular destinations for leisure trips with overnight stay in the destination country in 2016
United Kingdom 210,000