25. Jun 2021
Hotel overnight stays 40% down on two years ago

Faroese hotels are seeing a revival after a quiet period at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Overnight stays in May 2021 represent a 260% increase on the May 2020 figure but a 40% decrease on the figure from May 2019.

There were almost 10,500 hotel overnight stays in May 2021, a year-on-year increase of almost 7,600.

Hotel overnight stays are used as a measurement of the number of visitors and the duration of their stays.



The number of overnight stays by Danish residents increased by almost 500% in May 2021 compared to May 2020. The number for non-Faroese and non-Danish residents tripled over this period.

Faroese residents represented one half of all overnight stays in May. This figure has been 60-70% over the past year.



Check-ins show the number of hotel visitors regardless of the duration of their stays.

In March 2021, the number of Faroese hotel visitors had increased by more than 600% compared to March 2020 and by more than 200% compared to March 2019.


Occupancy rates

The occupancy rate shows the number of available rooms used.

Just under a third of all hotel rooms were occupied in May 2021, almost twice the May 2020 figure of 16.7%. In May 2019, the occupancy rate was 74.6%.

The number of hotel rooms has increased in the past year with the opening of two new hotels.



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.

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