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Helsinki tourism rebounding despite war, pandemic

The war in Ukraine and ongoing pandemic are not deterring travellers from visiting the Finnish capital.

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Hotel occupancy rates in Helsinki rose significantly in March, which is typically an off-peak month.

While still not close to pre-pandemic levels, occupancy at capital region hotels climbed to 40 percent in March, nearing rates seen last summer.

Preliminary figures meanwhile show that some 838,580 passengers came through Helsinki Airport in March, an increase of 228,000 travellers since February.

"Travellers are returning to Helsinki," said Christian Borg, commercial director at Scandic Finland. Most new bookings at Scandic's Finnish hotels are by central European travellers, according to Borg.

North American visitors are also returning to Finland.

At Helsinki Airport, Finnish-American Karl Nevala talked to Yle just after arriving from New York.

"I don't think it [the war in Ukraine] really is going to deter any Americans from travelling into Europe, at least western Europe," Nevala said, who was headed to Lapland on a ski trip.

The City of Helsinki's tourism director, Nina Versterinen, said that in addition to Helsinki-bound flights filling up, more cruise ships are also booked into Finnish ports than last summer.

Business Finland's travel marketing arm Visit Finland previously suggested that the war in Ukraine could severely impact Finnish tourism.

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