The Covid-19 outbreak had a significant impact on 2020 for Faroese hotels. 2020 saw the figure for hotel overnight stays slump to a record low since records began in 2013. Now, with 2021 come and gone, the trend has certainly reversed as 2021 was the best ever year for Faroese hotels in terms of overnight stays, check-ins as well as room nights.
Hotel overnight stays are used as a measurement of the number of visitors and the duration of their stays.
Most overnight stays in the capital area
The capital area saw just under 158,000 overnight stays in 2021, which is almost double the figure for 2020. Outside the capital area, the trend is not nearly as positive, with a total of 17,000 overnight stays, which is a slight year-on-year increase, albeit far below pre-Covid figures.
Growing number of visitors from outside the Faroe Islands and Denmark
The number of overnight stays by residents outside the Faroe Islands and Denmark more than doubled compared to 2020, though the figure represents only half that of 2019. The total number of overnight stays by residents outside the Faroe Islands and Denmark in 2021 was just over 46,500, compared to just under 85,500 in 2019.
In 2021, overnight stays by Danish residents grew to a record 70,000, which is a year-on-year increase of just under 80%.
In terms Faroese residents, the number of overnight stays in 2021 was just over 57,500, which represents a year-on-year increase of more than 80%.
Mostly leisure trips
In terms of the distribution of check-ins between leisure trips and business trip, the figures show that most visits were in relation to leisure trips. In 2021 the total number of check-ins in relation to leisure trips grew to more than 50,000, which is a record high figure, and twice the number for 2020. This is an increase of almost 5,000 check-ins on 2017, which was the previous record year. The total number of check-ins in relation to business trips saw a slight increase in 2021, yet it was more than 8,000 check-ins short of the record figure of 30,100 check-ins from 2019.
Overnight stay: in this context, an overnight stay is defined as a single night spent in a hotel which registers and passes this information on to Statistics Faroe Islands. For example, if ten people spend three nights at a hotel, this counts as 30 overnight stays.
Check-in: the number of individuals who check in at a hotel.
Room nights: the number of rooms occupied over a certain period. For example, if ten people spend three nights in five rooms, this counts as 15 room nights.