What did Finnish travellers pay for accommodation abroad?
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What Finnish travellers paid in their Top 100 international destinations
60% of the Finns’ favourite destinations saw price rises in 2017
Finnish travellers tend to like staying close to home but 2017 saw them spread their wings a little further as European destinations only made up 60 of their Top 100 list – down from 64 in 2016.
There were record visitor numbers in many countries around the world in 2017 and this helped drive averages higher. International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 7% in 2017 to 1,322 million in 2017, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.
Finnish travellers found Asia had many of the best value destinations, while Europe saw most of the double-digit price increases. The two regions accounted for 85% of the Finnish Top 100 destinations.
- Most popular outbound region: Europe
- Best value region: Asia
- Largest average price increase: Athens at +22%
- Largest average price drop: Kyoto at -11%
Tallinn the most popular destination, Reykjavik the highest priced and Turkey the best value for Finnish international travellers in 2017.
Athens saw the biggest price increase for Finnish travellers, registering a 22% rise for 2017. This came off the back of a record year for international visitors to Greece. Portugal also had their best year for tourism and Lisbon saw a 17% rise in its average paid, as did Sliema in Malta.
Unfortunately for the Finnish travellers, the largest percentage decreases were much more modest, with Malmo, Frankfurt, Bremen and Gdansk seeing only a 5% drop.
Alanya in Turkey was the best value destination for Finnish travellers, where the average price was €42 a night.
London was the 2nd most popular destination for international Finnish visitors and the weakened Pound, combined with an increase in room inventory in the market, meant there was no change in prices paid compared with 2016.
Spain became the 2nd most visited country in the world in 2017, overtaking the USA. The country was definitely popular with the Finns, who put 11 Spanish destinations in their Top 100. Fuengirola had the lowest average of these and the country remained competitively priced with 6 destinations below €100. However, there were double-digit percentage increases in 7 of the 11, particularly in Torremolinos, Valencia and Tenerife.
Barcelona and Amsterdam both saw price rises, which could be put down to increased visitor numbers and the fact that both cities called a halt to new hotel building in their cities in 2017. The ban may continue to impact prices in the future.
Neighbouring Russia is gearing up to host the 2018 World Cup and that might explain why prices in 2017 started to go up there. Moscow was up just under 5% and St Petersburg increased more than 10%.
Nine U.S. cities in the Finnish Top 100, 4 of them in the Top 10 highest price paid list too.
The overall number of foreign visitors to the USA was down slightly in 2017 and that, plus the Euro rising against the Dollar, meant several U.S. destinations saw their averages fall.
New York was the only U.S. city in the Finnish Top 10 list and it saw a 4% drop in average price, which may have been good for visitors to the city, but it was still the highest priced U.S. city in 2017.
Las Vegas had a mixed year – it was the 2nd best value U.S. destination for Finnish travellers, even though prices for them rose 12%, but overall the city saw its visitor numbers fall.
Florida felt the effects of Hurricane Irma blowing in towards the end of the year. Fort Lauderdale dropped 6% in average price while Orlando was the best value destination for Finnish visitors to the U.S. at €109 a night, which was down 2% on 2016. Miami managed to avoid the storm drain though with a rise of 9%.
Finnish travellers could have spent almost 5 nights in Pattaya in 2017 for the same rate as 1 night in New York
With 8 out the lowest 10 prices worldwide found in Asia, it’s little surprise that Finns enjoyed great value in the region. Thailand was the most popular country in Asia for Finnish travellers with 11 destinations in their Top 100, with Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya making it into the Top 10 popularity list. All 11 destinations averaged under €100 a night.
Singapore was the highest priced Asian destination again this year and it also saw a 12% rise from 2016. Hong Kong was the 2nd highest with a 7% rise and was named as the city in the world most visited by international travellers.
A rising Euro against the Japanese Yen meant that Finnish travellers paid around 10% less in Tokyo and Kyoto in 2017.
The eruption of Mount Agung spoiled the end of the year tourism for Bali with travellers stranded at the airport or choosing not to visit but it ended 2017 with a slight average price increase.
Rest of the world
A strong Euro meant Finnish visitors to Australia only saw minimal price rises
Morocco enjoyed record visitor numbers in 2017 but Marrakech saw a 10% decrease in its average price.
Cape Town experienced a severe drought in December – usually the peak tourism month – but for 2017 as a whole Finns paid 19% more than they did in 2016.
Dubai also experienced a record number of visitors in 2017 and its average remained one of the highest for Finns, but competition from new hotel openings here and in Abu Dhabi helped their rates fall.