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More international visitors mean good revenue for Sweden

Aerial photo of Stockholm Arlanda Airport
2014-04-07, kl. 14:44

Stockholm Arlanda Airport had the greatest increase in passenger volume among Nordic airports last, and this was largely due to the sharp increase in international travel. The trend looks set to continue this year as well, with passenger growth up ten per cent compared to the same period in 2013. International visitors were up five per cent on an annual basis, which means almost a billion additional kronor to the region and Sweden.

The number of visitors living abroad who landed in Sweden via Stockholm Arlanda Airport increased in 2013 by more than five per cent for a total of almost 3.5 million passengers. According to statistics from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and Statistics Sweden, international visitors spend an average of 800 Swedish kronor per person per day during their visit, which means that revenue just from this increased passenger volume of 170,000 people generates about 700 million kronor for the tourism industry in the region and the country, with visitors spending an average of 5.3 days in Sweden.

“We can now see the results of our active efforts together with other companies and organisations in the tourism sector to attract international visitors and companies to Stockholm and Sweden. We also work to increase the number of direct routes at Stockholm Arlanda, which is essential in order for Swedish businesses to grow and develop. Last year, as many as seven new long-haul routes were set up at Stockholm Arlanda, and there will be another two this spring,” says Kjell-Åke Westin, airport director at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

The growth in passengers looks set to continue in 2014. Figures for the first quarter show the sharp increase in passenger volume continuing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport, up ten per cent for a total of 4.8 million passengers. International passengers accounted for about 3.5 million of these, a rise of ten per cent compared to the first quarter of 2013. Domestic travel is also sharply on the rise, up a full 11 per cent in March for a total of just over 1.2 million domestic passengers, an increase of eight cent during the period January-March this year.

Facts about international visitors:

Consumption by international visitors is broken down into categories such as accommodation, restaurants, car rental and shopping. In 2012, international visitors spent an average of 800 Swedish kronor per person and day in all during their visit to Sweden.

The export value of tourism, measured as the consumption of international visitors in Sweden, increased by 7.5 per cent to 106.5 billion kronor in 2012 compared to the preceding year, which was about 85 per cent more than iron and steel exports (SEK 57.1 billion) and almost three times as much as the value of Swedish passenger cars (SEK 37.6 billion).

In 2013, international tourism increased 2.1 per cent compared to 2012. The export value of tourism constitutes an important contribution to Sweden’s economy, but tourism’s ability to contribute to increased employment is also crucial. The sector’s ability to create jobs for young people and the competence that many people who are first- or second-generation immigrants can contribute are especially important.

Source: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth/ Statistics Sweden