Boost to tourist expenditure at Finnish national parks
The amount of money spent by visitors to national parks in Finland in 2014 was 125.8 million euros. This represents a jump of almost 9 per cent on the previous year.
By comparison, the popularity of national parks in Finland increased only moderately in the same period. A total of 2 286 500 visits were made to Finland’s 38 national parks.
Closer co-operation between Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and the tourism sector is credited for bringing about the enhanced economic benefit for the local economy.
“More and more hikers wish to purchase services if such services are available,” states Anneli Leivo, manager, Parks & Wildlife Finland. “The willingness to buy services provides a solid basis for enhancing the operations of enterprises relying on national park tourism and hiking.”
Other statistics of note for 2014 saw visitor numbers in Pallas–Yllästunturi National Park in Lapland exceed half a million for the first time. Meanwhile, Nuuksio National Park in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area enjoyed close to 300 000 visitors last year.