South Karelia
Accommodation and Travel Stats

August 2020

South Karelia: Tourism in a nutshell

Bed Nights icon
Bed Nights (July)
icon: star 109,000
8 %
icon: finland 107,000
22 %
icon: foreign 1,400
95 %
Top 3:
Germany
260
82 %
Estonia
260
52 %
United States
133
49 %
Visitors icon
Visitors (July)
icon: star 60,700
2 %
icon: finland 60,100
23 %
icon: foreign 640
95 %
Top 3:
Germany
140
80 %
Estonia
83
53 %
Sweden
53
93 %
Accommodation Sales icon
Accommodation Sales (July)
icon: star 4.2 mill.
10 %
Average prices:
Night
38.70 €
0.90 €
Room
95.20 €
5.90 €
RevPAR
67.80 €
1.70 €
Capacity icon
Capacity (July)
icon: establishment 35
10 %
icon: room 2,000
11 %
icon: bed 5,700
11 %
Weather icon
Weather
icon: temperature 15.9 °C
1.1 °C
icon: rainfall 42 mm
3 mm

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

109,000 registered bed nights (July)

In July 2020, 109,000 bed nights were recorded in South Karelia (-7.5 %), of which 107,000 nights were spent by domestic visitors and 1,400 nights by foreigners. Domestic bed nights increased 22 percent and foreign bed nights decreased 95 percent. In total, bed nights decreased eight percent from last year's July.

Most foreign bed nights were recorded for travelers from Germany (260 nights).

99,200 nights (-4.3 %) were spend by leisure visitors and 9,500 nights (-31.8 %) by business visitors.

Between January and July, 247,000 bed nights (-20.9 %) were recorded for domestic visitors and 52,100 (-61.1 %) for foreigners in South Karelia, in total 299,000 (-33.0 %) nights.

Registered bed nights

Bed nights by country of arrival

Market share 4.2 percent (July)

Total of 2.6 million bed nights (-21.7 %) were recorded in the whole country, of which 2.4 million nights (-2.2 %) were spent by domestic visitors and 141,000 nights (-82.3 %) by foreigners.

The market share of South Karelia out of total bed nights was 4.2 % (+0.6 percentage points), out of domestic bed nights 4.4 % and foreign bed nights 1.0 %.

Bed nights comparison between regions

60,700 tourists arrived to accommodation (July)

Arrivals to registered accommodation decreased two percent compared to earlier year. Of all arrivals, 98.9 percent were domestic, and 1.1 percent were from foreign countries.

During July, domestic visitors stayed in registered accommodation in South Karelia on average 1.8 nights (-0.02) and foreigners 2.2 nights (+0.01).

Ferry arrivals from different harbors

24,600 Russian travelers via eastern border

A total of 24,600 Russians arrived in Finland over the eastern border crossings.

  • Vaalimaa: 7,000 (-93.3 %)
  • Nuijamaa: 6,600 (-95.3 %)
  • Imatra: 2,900 (-95.1 %)
  • Vainikkala (train): 0.0 (-100.0 %)
  • Niirala: 5,300 (-80.8 %)
  • Vartius: 1,700 (-81.8 %)
  • Kuusamo: 61 (-89.1 %)
  • Salla: 88 (-96.9 %)
  • Raja-Jooseppi: 28 (-99.1 %)

Russian visa applications increased 29 percent (February)

There was a total of 51,600 visa applications to Finland made by the Russians. 83.4 percent were done at St. Petersburg's consulate.

Accommodation sales 4.9 million euro (July)

Total accommodation sales in July were 4.9 million euro (-199,000). The share of Airbnb and HomeAway was 14.7 percent. Therefore, registered accommodation sales were 4.2 million euro (-454,000) and non-registered sales 727,000 euro (+255,000).

Total January-July sales were 15.3 million euro and they decreased 6.9 million euro from the previous year.

Average prices

= change at least 10 %
July 2020
Amount
Change jan-July 2020
Amount
Change
Adr (Non-Registered) 179 € 41.7 %  159 € 34.3 % 
Revpar (Non-Registered) 118 € 51.2 %  70 € 24.5 % 
Adr (Registered) 95 € -5.9 % 92 € -6.0 %
Revpar (Registered) 68 € -2.4 % 34 € -30.2 % 
Bed Night (Registered) 39 € -2.4 % 42 € -7.3 %

Duty-free invoice vouchers stamped at the border stations

Registered accommodation sales

Average registered room price (ADR)

Capacity & Utilization (July)

Registered Accommodation

35 accommodation establishments (-4)
2,000 rooms (-250)
5,700 beds (-700)

Room utilization 71.2 % (+2.5)
Unsold rooms 570
Bed utilization 56.6 % (+0.9)

Airbnb and HomeAway

330 accommodation establishments (+17)
290 apartments (+15)
650 rooms (+9)

Apartment utilization 65.8 % (+4.6)
Unsold apartments 100

Registered room utilization for establishments

Website's user sessions by language

Hotel customer satisfaction by nationalities

Hotel customer satisfaction comparison between regions

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

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