With just over 20,600 hotel overnight stays, September 2021 proved the best September ever for Faroese hotels, up by 94% on September 2020 and by 30% on September 2019.
The 20,604 hotel overnight stays in September 2021 are an increase of almot 10,000 on September 2020. 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 saw a 79% year-on-year increase in September 2021, while the same figure for residents outside of the Danish Kingdom more than doubled.
Check-ins show the number of hotel visitors regardless of the duration of their stays.
September 2021 saw approx. 7,900 hotel check-ins, an increase of 87% on September 2020 and a 15% increase on September 2019.
The occupancy rate shows the number of available rooms used. Just over 63% of all hotel rooms were occupied in September 2021, compared with 40% in September 2020. The occupancy rate for 2019 was 75%.
The number of hotel rooms increased significantly last year with the opening of two large hotels and expansions of several others. For this reason, the occupancy rate is now lower than in 2019, despite the increase in overnight stays.
Numbers so far this year
The year-to-date figures for overnight stays and check-ins are almost twice as high as in the same period last year.
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.