Sweden’s incoming tourism booms in H1 2014

Domestic and foreign tourists climb strongly in first half

Tourism in Sweden is continuing to increase. Visitor figures for both domestic and foreign tourists climbed strongly in the first half of this year.

Arriving tourists stayed 5.2 million nights in Sweden, representing a rise of 5% on last year, while domestic tourists spent 18.5 million nights on holiday across the country. The figures were published on Friday by the Tillväxtverket agency for economic and regional growth.

Hotels are the accommodation of choice, with 60% of visitors using them, while 20% chose to camp in a tent, 10% used private accommodation and 6% stayed at hostels.

Foreign tourists came mostly from Norway, followed by Germany, Denmark and the UK. However, tourists from outside Europe grew 23%, the biggest numbers coming from India and the US. Tourism represented SEK 284 billion (€31 billion) in 2013.

The Local/TT

[pictured: Munkedal, southern Sweden; photo courtesy Per Pixel Petersson/imagebank.sweden.se]

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