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Updated October 2022

Finland's position in the market

Visit Finland's Sweden operations we have concentrated to raise the image among the Swedish travelers. The PR work and the campaigns have raised awareness about new, exiting and trendy Finland. We have presented various unexpected places, companies and products to achieve a new fresh image. The Swedes have been travelling mainly domestic during the last years.

Our competitors are other Nordic countries, especially Norway and Denmark, who are operating with big budgets in Sweden. Swedish people are also travelling to the Mediterranean, mainly Greece and Spain, but also some other countries.

Finland is easy to access as we have several ferry companies and routes, but also good flight connections. Swedish people prefer travelling by car, ferry, train or bus, which is an advantage for us. Finland is although not one of the first choices in the Swedish traveler´s minds.

Our PR work has been effective and a lot of articles has been published. Finally we got started also with PR trips. We had a Summer campaign "Hitta lyckan på nära håll" with 12 Finnish partners. However, it is too early to say how this has influenced on Swedish travelers´ holiday plans or bookings.

Consumer trends and behavior

The economic situation in Sweden is good. The Swedes have during the pandemic saved both money and holidays for future travelling. Swedish people are very aware of the sustainability when travelling but also otherwise in their behavior. This will effect on Swedish travelers choices when planning and booking holidays. In that sense the nearby destinations will be of interest.

The Swedes are willing to see and experience new destinations and experiences. They are following the trends and making choices according to other people´s recommendations. We need to bring new and fresh products to the Swedish consumers to be able to change our image.

The Swedes are often travelling with family & friends, they are interested in the nature, cities, culinary experiences and local culture. However, this should be packaged/introduced in a trendy, new way. Don´t talk about the nature but tell about the excursions and activities or instead of good food, give TOP5 restaurants, etc.

The Swedes are using google, but also f.ex. Tripadvisor and Instagram. The bookings are mainly done in booking.com, hotels.com or straight from the accommodation. Tickets are bought on ferry companies online channels.

Industry update and distribution channels

As the most of the bookings are made via ferry companies(=tickets) and OTA´s (accommodation via booking.com/hotels.com) the role of the incoming agencies/DMC´s is not that important than in many other markets, this considers also tour operators. There are bus companies, who have tour packages to Finland. The programs are quite traditional and they also need some new ideas to add into the itineraries.

Wasaline got their new ferry in traffic in August 2021, Viking Glory started in March 2022 followed by Finnlines in 2023. Silja Line changed the timetable and route between Åbo and Stockholm for Winter. These should raise interest among the Swedes as well.

Finland travel USP's

Sweden USP´s are mainly the same as ours. We have to communicate our USP´s very clearly and carefully. We have to find our own strengths and opportunities to win the Swedish tourists´ hearts. Finnish culture and nature has to be opened in a concrete way, show something really Finnish and special!

Swedes are very aware on sustainability. We have to find the right way to communicate on this, not educating towards sustainability. We should show how sustainable we already are and where to find the companies and products with a sustainable status.

Future outlook and upcoming season

The most of the overnights are coming during the Summer season. However, short holidays and citybreaks might be of interest and with good communication and offering, we have a big potential. We need interesting city breaks, weekend packages, nice ways to relax. We want to reach younger people and people who don't know Finland yet. These target groups will be observed not only in our PR work but when doing the campaigns.

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