Finnish Lapland breaks records in tourism
The growing number of visitors particularly from Asia and the UK has taken tourism numbers in Finnish Lapland to an all-time high, reports Yle News.
According to Yle, there were about 2.6 million overnight stays by non-residents in Finnish Lapland in 2016. The biggest boost to tourism in the area stems from growth in the number of travellers from Asian countries: overnight stays by Asian tourists rose by close to 50 per cent, and stays by tourists from China doubled in comparison to 2015.
During the Christmas season, when the region is popular among Brits, Finnish Lapland registered an almost 25 per cent increase in stays by visitors from the UK. Statistics Finland names British visitors as the biggest foreign tourist group in the whole of Finland in December. In general, the Christmas season was up 20 per cent from last year.
Statistics Finland puts the number of night spent at accommodation establishments in the whole of Finland in 2016 to 20.4 million, based on preliminary data.