29. Jun 2022
Hotel overnight stays almost tripled year-on-year in May

Far more non-Faroese residents and fewer Faroese residents visited hotels in the past year.

May 2022 saw a year-on-year increase of more than 19,100 hotel overnight stays.

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

The figure for May almost reached that of July last year, which was the best month ever in terms of hotel overnight stays.


Just under 90% of all overnight stays in May were registered in the capital region.


As the Covid-19 pandemic caused a massive drop in tourist numbers, a majority of hotel visitors during this period were Faroese residents. The resumption of international travel is clearly reflected in the figures, with the number of overnight stays registered by Faroese residents dropping down to 12% in May 2022 from just over 50% in May 2021.

Danish residents represented 46% of the May 2022 figure, and the remaining 42% consisted of residents outside of the Danish Kingdom.



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

May 2022 saw just over 10,400 hotel check-ins, which is a doubling of the figure from May 2021 and an increase of almost 3,000 on May 2019, which was the best May on record at the time.


Occupancy rates

The occupancy rate shows the number of available rooms used.

Almost 80% of all hotel rooms were occupied in May 2022, compared to 31% in May 2021.




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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