Prices Finnish Travellers Paid Around the World
Download the full list of 100 cities analysed.
Above you can see how prices paid by Finnish travellers in their 100 most popular destinations around the world changed over the year, compared with 2014.
The weakness in the Euro continued throughout 2015 but Finnish travellers were still able to pay less for their hotel accommodation in many destinations around the world, including close to home in Europe. Asia again proved the best value with the lowest rates paid, particularly in Thailand. The USA remained a popular destination, in spite of price rises as the Dollar increased in strength.
Good bargains in Europe
Spain, Greece, the Baltic States and Eastern Europe were the parts of Europe where Finnish travellers paid the least to stay during 2015.
Spain in particular is a long-standing favourite for Finnish travellers, both for winter and summer sun, and Fuengirola did not disappoint with the lowest rate amongst the popular destinations in Europe, while Marbella had one of the highest percentage falls in the region.
Moscow and St Petersburg were also both down mainly due to the falling Rouble. Eastern Europe has always been an intriguing and great value destination and prices paid in Bratislava, Krakow, Budapest and Warsaw were still amongst the lowest in the report.
Eastern Europe has always been an intriguing and great value destination and prices paid in Riga, Krakow and Warsaw were still amongst the lowest in the report.
Across the Gulf of Finland, Finns gained better value in the Baltic States in 2015, paying less to stay in Riga and Tallinn, although Vilnius crept slightly higher. The average paid in Helsinki also fell and Oslo was flat but Finns parted with relatively more for accommodation in the other Nordic capitals.
According to HPI data, London was the second most popular foreign destination for Finns during the year behind Tallinn, in spite of relatively high prices paid. International visitors continue to flock to the UK in general and the British capital in particular in ever greater numbers. Paris and Rome offer that big city experience for a lower average.
|London||United Kingdom||170 €||154 €||10%|
|Copenhagen||Denmark||146 €||134 €||9%|
|Reykjavik||Iceland||135 €||126 €||7%|
|Paris||France||135 €||140 €||-4%|
|Stockholm||Sweden||131 €||128 €||2%|
|Marbella||Spain||125 €||149 €||-16%|
|Oslo||Norway||123 €||123 €||0%|
|Rome||Italy||111 €||116 €||-4%|
|Moscow||Russia||107 €||127 €||-16%|
|Tallinn||Estonia||88 €||91 €||-4%|
|St. Petersburg||Russia||80 €||96 €||-16%|
|Krakow||Poland||75 €||73 €||3%|
|Budapest||Hungary||75 €||69 €||9%|
|Warsaw||Poland||74 €||72 €||3%|
|Vilnius||Lithuania||74 €||70 €||5%|
|Bratislava||Slovakia||72 €||73 €||-2%|
|Riga||Latvia||71 €||75 €||-5%|
|Khania||Greece||70 €||68 €||2%|
|Fuengirola||Spain||66 €||58 €||14%|
Take a bite of the Big Apple
The stronger US Dollar drove prices paid by Finnish travellers higher in all of the 10 most popular US destinations. However, as an enduring favourite with international holiday and business travellers and with a strengthening domestic economy, the country saw occupancy levels rise slightly which also contributed to these increases.
Based on HPI data, New York was the third most popular international destinations amongst Finnish travellers last year. An increase in the supply of hotel rooms in New York benefitted travellers’ wallets as the increase was less in the Big Apple than virtually all the other US cities in the list.
There were seven US cities amongst the ten highest prices paid globally by Finnish travellers with New York, Honolulu and Miami as the top three.
More modest prices were found in the gambling mecca of Las Vegas and Orlando, the theme park capital of the world. Las Vegas was boosted by strong demand from both the leisure and convention sectors. A record-breaking 42 million visitors took part in all that “Sin City” has to offer in 2015, resulting in hotel occupancy not far off 90 per cent. As one of the most popular US travel destinations, Las Vegas still remains very competitively priced with a wealth of hotel rooms to suit every taste, budget and interest.
Orlando’s theme parks and hotels are set for a host of openings and upgrades in 2016, so it’s a great opportunity for travellers to stay and play in new state-of-the-art facilities here in spite of price increase in 2015.
|New York||USA||215 €||199 €||8%|
|Honolulu||USA||209 €||169 €||23%|
|Miami||USA||195 €||167 €||17%|
|Orlando||USA||108 €||95 €||14%|
|Las Vegas||USA||107 €||99 €||8%|
Stretch the budget in Asia
Asia is becoming an increasingly popular destination for Finnish travellers, both for backpackers and those seeking affordable luxury, and it is not difficult to see why – lower hotel prices, pristine beaches and excellent shopping are just some of the many reasons for a visit.
In Thailand, prices were lower in Phang Nga, Koh Chang, Phuket and Chiang Mai, which was also the destination in the HPI where Finnish travellers paid the least. Although prices rose elsewhere, seven out of the 10 lowest priced destinations were in Thailand.
Inbound tourism to Japan is booming with numbers in 2015 up more than 40 per cent on 2014 but rates in Tokyo and Osaka were still competitive with other major cities.
Finns paid more to travel to China and Vietnam, both up-and-coming destinations now on the wish list of many travellers, but rates remained very reasonably priced.
Finnish travellers were also able to stretch their travel budgets further in parts of Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, as averages paid there fell.
|Singapore||Singapore||130 €||141 €||-8%|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||125 €||129 €||-4%|
|Tokyo||Japan||119 €||102 €||17%|
|Shanghai||China||115 €||93 €||24%|
|Osaka||Japan||101 €||83 €||22%|
|Phang Nga||Thailand||99 €||111 €||-11%|
|Beijing||China||94 €||76 €||23%|
|Koh Chang||Thailand||76 €||87 €||-13%|
|Phuket||Thailand||63 €||68 €||-7%|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Vietnam||56 €||45 €||26%|
|Koh Phangan||Thailand||48 €||46 €||5%|
|Pattaya||Thailand||48 €||46 €||5%|
|Chiang Mai||Thailand||33 €||38 €||-14%|
A good time to visit…
The Euro went much further in 2015 for those visiting Australia, following the weakness in the Australian Dollar, and prices paid for hotel accommodation either fell in some destinations or showed just a slight rise.
Renowned for its ultra-modern architecture, eternal sunshine and luxury shopping, Dubai also saw just a slender increase in 2015 as a rising hotel room supply put pressure on occupancy levels.
Travellers from Finland also parted with less in Rio de Janeiro as the Brazilian Real slipped further. With the attraction of the Summer Olympics just around the corner, this is a great time for sports fans and anyone wanting to stretch their wings a little further to be planning a trip.
|Dubai||United Arab Emirates||205 €||202 €||2%|
|Sydney||Australia||120 €||119 €||1%|
|Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||105 €||149 €||-29%|
|Melbourne||Australia||96 €||103 €||-6%|