South Karelia
Accommodation and Travel Stats

September 2021

South Karelia: Tourism in a nutshell

Bed Nights icon
Bed Nights (August)
icon: star 61,800
7 %
icon: finland 59,000
11 %
icon: foreign 2,700
41 %
Visitors icon
Visitors (August)
icon: star 32,600
5 %
icon: finland 31,100
7 %
icon: foreign 1,400
20 %
Accommodation Sales icon
Accommodation Sales (August)
icon: star 2.9 mill. €
17 %
Average prices:
Night
47.60 €
3.90 €
Room
98.40 €
9.30 €
RevPAR
52.10 €
11.10 €
Capacity icon
Capacity (August)
icon: establishment 32
9 %
icon: room 1,900
6 %
icon: bed 5,400
7 %
Foreign Visitor Spending icon
Foreign Visitor Spending (August)
icon: foreign 2.1 mill. €
20 %
Daily Visitors
1.5 mill. €
Overnight Visitors
654,000 €
Weather icon
Weather
icon: temperature 8.8 °C
3.4 °C
icon: rainfall 40 mm
25 mm

Registered bed nights increased seven percent (August)

In August 2021, 61,800 registered bed nights were recorded in South Karelia (+7.2 %), of which 59,000 nights were spent by domestic visitors and 2,700 nights by foreigners. Registered domestic bed nights increased 11 percent and registered foreign bed nights decreased 41 percent. In total, registered bed nights increased seven percent from last year's August.

50,200 nights (+9.2 %) were spend by leisure visitors and 11,500 nights (-0.8 %) by business visitors.

Between January and August, 341,000 registered bed nights (+13.5 %) were recorded for domestic visitors and 10,600 (-81.3 %) for foreigners in South Karelia, in total 352,000 (-1.5 %) registered nights.

Registered bed nights

Registered bed nights by country of arrival

Market share 3.0 percent (August)

Total of 2.1 million registered bed nights (+23.1 %) were recorded in the whole country, of which 1.8 million nights (+17.9 %) were spent by domestic visitors and 264,000 nights (+77.0 %) by foreigners.

The market share of South Karelia out of total registered bed nights was 3.0 % (-0.4 percentage points), out of domestic bed nights 3.3 % and foreign bed nights 1.0 %.

Registered bed nights comparison between regions

32,600 tourists arrived to registered accommodation (August)

Arrivals to registered accommodation increased five percent compared to earlier year. Of all registered arrivals, 95.6 percent were domestic, and 4.4 percent were from foreign countries.

During August, domestic visitors stayed in registered accommodation in South Karelia on average 1.9 nights (+0.08) and foreigners 1.9 nights (-0.7).

770 air travelers (August, Lappeenranta)

The airport received a total of 770 passengers, which means air passenger arrivals increased 27 percent.

In addition, there were 700 passengers departing the airport (+37.4 %), therefore the total number of trips via the airport was 1,500 (+32.0 %).

Arriving passengers (excl. transfers) (Lappeenranta)

Arriving passengers from (Lappeenranta)

Passengers on transfers from (Lappeenranta)

Departing passengers to (Lappeenranta)

Ferry arrivals from different harbors

Trips by Russian travelers over the eastern border increased 40 percent

A total of 33,400 Russians arrived in Finland over the eastern border crossings.

  • Vaalimaa: 9,700 (+52.9 %)
  • Nuijamaa: 10,600 (+73.2 %)
  • Imatra: 2,900 (-11.9 %)
  • Niirala: 6,800 (+38.9 %)
  • Vartius: 2,200 (+14.8 %)
  • Kuusamo: 62 (+40.9 %)
  • Salla: 117 (+77.3 %)
  • Raja-Jooseppi: 73 (+114.7 %)

Russian visa applications increased 290 percent (August)

There was a total of 2,500 visa applications to Finland made by the Russians. 56.7 percent were done at St. Petersburg's consulate.

Foreign visitors and their consumption (August)

The number of foreign visitors in August was 12,700 (-19.7 %). Out of them 9,400 were on a daytrip and 3,200 stayed at least for one night.

The cumulative number of foreign visitors between January and August was 44,500 (-89.7 %).

Total consumption of these visitors in South Karelia in August was 2.1 million euro (169 per visitor). Overnight visitors spent 654,000 euro and day visitors 1.5 million euro. Between January and August the consumption was 7.4 million euro.

Average prices

= change at least 10 %
September 2021
Amount
Change jan-September 2021
Amount
Change
Adr (Non-Registered) 146 € 0.6 % 158 € -0.7 %
Revpar (Non-Registered) 59 € -5.2 % 69 € -3.1 %

Duty-free invoice vouchers stamped at the border stations

Registered accommodation sales

Average registered room price (ADR)

Capacity & Utilization

Airbnb and Vrbo

250 accommodation establishments (-47)
230 apartments (-39)
490 rooms (-80)

Apartment utilization 40.7 % (-2.4)
Unsold apartments 135

Registered room utilization for establishments

Website's user sessions by language

Global Google searches for "south karelia + keyword"

Google searches for "south karelia" by search region

The occurrence of hashtags on Instagram

The number of likes for posts with hashtags on Instagram

Accommodation customer satisfaction by nationalities

Accommodation customer satisfaction comparison between regions

Key indicators

Bed nights

Arrivals

Sales

Travel key indicators: the darker the square the larger the value.

Dark squares in the middle (vertically) mean the main season is in the summer. Dark squares on the top and the bottom mean the main season is in the winter. Gradually darkening squares from left to right signify growth over the years.

It is important to notice that the largest values (darkest squares) are not necessarily during the same months between different stats as this might reveal interesting details about travel and accommodation trends.

Temperature

Rainfall

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Sources: Airdna, Business Finland, Finavia, Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Lappeenranta Airport, Ministry For Foreign Affairs Of Finland, Statistics Finland, Tak Border Research, Tak Research

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