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Travel grows from Asia to Arctic Lapland

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Tourists from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore flying north
A positive trend in Lapland tourism has been identified. According to statistics from airport operator Finavia, the number of transit passengers flying from Asia via Helsinki to Lapland increased by over 9% last year.
Overall Japan by far accounted for the highest number of transit passengers, with the biggest rises in passenger numbers coming from China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Other stats support the trend. The number of overnights in Finland by people from Asian countries increased by over 20% last year – and 40% by Chinese tourists.
Ivalo Airport is seeing some of the strongest growth. Advance data from Statistics Finland show that the number of overnights spent in the Inari-Saariselkä area by Chinese nationals increased by as much as 70% last year.
“One thing that is clear is that magical Lapland is an appealing tourist destination at the moment. It is nice to read the statistics indicating growth, but Lapland still has a lot of potential for further growth”, says Kari Savolainen, Finavia’s chief executive.
In Lapland over the Christmas season, the number of charter flights increased by 19%. Finavia says it is investing over €35 million in Lapland’s airports in 2014-2016. Terminals have been improved and fluency increased at Kittilä, Rovaniemi and Ivalo. A runway construction project will be launched at Rovaniemi in May 2016.
TTG Nordic

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