Warm Finnish welcome

Finland is a traditional winter holiday destination for Russians, today our compatriots occupy the first place in the number of tourist arrivals to the country from abroad. In recent years, Suomi resorts have attracted more and more visitors in the warm season. According to the Center for Tourism Development of Finland (MEK), last year the number of overnight stays of Russian tourists in the country exceeded 853 thousand – this is a record figure. It is expected that by the end of this year this figure will amount to 1 million overnight stays, and in the summer months a 15-20% increase in the tourist flow is predicted. The geography of trips of tourists from the Russian Federation in the warm season mainly covers the Lake District, South Karelia, Helsinki and Turku. Cottage and family holidays are popular, wellness and spa programs, fishing tours, active tourism are becoming more and more popular. "Guests are attracted by numerous festivals and holidays," says Olga Mineeva, Head of Marketing at the Travel Agency Moscow. "There is a growing demand for ferry trips in Finland and Scandinavia with visits to Helsinki and Turku," continues Svetlana Platonova, Deputy General Director of DSBW – Tours. "We are pleased with the dynamics of sales of sightseeing tours with trips on the Tallink Silja Line and Viking Line ferries. After the expansion of the Schengen area, such trips have become much easier, " adds Ivan Bublyaev, Head of Marketing at Labyrinth. The regional director of the MEK, Arto Asikainen, considers the Aland Islands and Lapland to be promising summer destinations for Russian guests. He also notes the growing popularity of auto tourism, predicts a high demand for golf programs in Vuokatti and Oulu-training and obtaining a green card in Finnish golf clubs are relatively inexpensive.

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