A family spending time at the Plagen Beach in Hanko, Southern Finland, on 22 June, 2017.
Finns have yet to fully appreciate the pleasures of domestic travel, says Mika Lintilä (Centre), the Minister of Economic Affairs.
“Domestic travel is underappreciated. We’re leaving for overseas destinations that we want to get to know. But I doubt too many of us have spent a night in a glass igloo or seen wild bears in the wilderness,” he stated in an interview on YLE TV1 on Monday.
“We’ve got plenty of interesting holiday destinations in our country. We have to find them and productise them. We’ve been a bit too modest,” added Lintilä.
Lintilä also reminded that an increase in domestic travel would have a significant impact on both the economic and employment situation in Finland.
“Taking a holiday in your home country is beneficial. It makes sure that all of your euros stay at home. The objective is that every Finn makes one domestic trip, which would add 800 million euros and 7,000 jobs to the industry,” he highlighted.
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He acknowledged that the “relatively expensive” flight fares from southern to northern parts of the country are a disincentive to many holidaymakers. He is nevertheless hopeful that airlines are willing to re-consider the fares.
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy has challenged the public to commemorate the centenary of Finnish independence by spending more of their holidays in Finland. Holidaymakers are also invited to share their favourite domestic travel destinations and holiday plans at www.lomahaaste.fi.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Roni Rekomaa – Lehtikuva
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