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Indians help Sweden beat tourism slump

Published: 06 Feb 2013 11:35 GMT+01:00

"The unease in Europe contributed to visitor numbers from western and southern Europe decreasing during 2012," the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) said in a statement.

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The only European countries whose visitors to Sweden did not drop off were Switzerland and Ireland.

Meanwhile, non-European visitors became all the more frequent. The group saw a 5.8-percent increase last year compared to 2011.

The far-flung travellers made up for the slump in European visits, allowing the Swedish tourism sector to welcome 0.4 percent more visitors overall compared to the year prior.

Measured in the number of overnight stays in Sweden, Chinese tourist numbers went up by 11.2 percent. American visits increased by 6.6 percent.

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Visitors from Japan also increased in numbers, but Indians crept past them in the tourist-league table.

Indian tourists thus became the third largest non-European visitor group to Sweden in 2012.

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Revenue at hotels, hostels and holiday cottages increased to 19.4 billion kronor ($3 billion), an upswing of 0.8 percent since 2011.

"Tourism creates 160,000 jobs and is important to the Swedish economy,” the agency director-general Birgitta Böhlin said in a statement.

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14:30 February 6, 2013 by Freelife
Indians! Sure?
20:08 February 6, 2013 by Fernandis
ACCORDINGTO INDIAN NEWS PAPERS, police has arrested some travel agents who charged extra money ( approx SEK 70-80 K) from these visitors, to get confirmed their visitor visa and more than 80% of visitor never returned back home ;). I guess, they won't stay in Sweden but move to other countries.
02:33 February 7, 2013 by Marc the Texan
Hahaha. Oh Sweden... Those aren't tourists, those are the new Swedes.
09:30 February 7, 2013 by Freelife
^^ Hilarious comments.

Indians generally flock to English speaking countries. It would be extremely hard to live here in Nordics ( weatherwise, languagewise, culturewise.. )

Oh wait.. look at this.. what has they done!

http://www.challengeyourself.in/
14:47 February 14, 2013 by salalah
Hhehehehehehehe

Nowhere do I see the numbers of persons so I guess the breakdown last year was this:

Tourists from the US: 62 (persons)

Tourists from China: 35 (persons)

Tourists from India: 22 (persons)
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